A6 African Voices
Experience diverse musical colours of traditional African songs and travel through space and time of the continent.
Offered in cooperation with the African Confederation for Choral Music (ACCM).
Lhente-Mari Pitout (ZA) is a passionate musician and music educator in the rich traditions of the South African choral field. She works as a musician, conductor and adjudicator in both classical and contemporary genres. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her contributions to the arts as a singer and conductor. She is the Artistic Director of the highly-acclaimed University of Pretoria Youth Choir from 2005, and works full time as professional conductor with various choirs and ensembles. She currently conducts the St. Alban’s College Choir and Barbershop, Pretoria Boys High School Choir and the St. Mary’s Singers. The University of Pretoria Youth Choir forms part of the multi-choir model of the University of Pretoria. This wonderful regional multicultural youth choir consist of 95 singers between the ages of 14 and 19 years old form 36 schools in the greater Tshwane area in Gauteng South Africa.
Assistant Gert Pottas (ZA) is a young passionate musician and choir director from South Africa. He completed his bachelor’s degree in music (BMus) at the University of Pretoria with choral conducting and jazz vocals his majors. He has done various choir projects nationally and abroad presenting workshops on traditional South African music alongside Lhente-Mari Pitout. He is also a proud Alumni of the Chamber Choir of Scandinavia after a successful new year’s project in 2016/2017. He represented South Africa in the World Youth Choir for three successful summer sessions, touring and performing all over Europe. Gert is currently the conductor of eight choirs in South Africa. He also performs a solo artist for corporate functions and productions. He specializes in light, classical and Jazz music. Gert performed as a soloist for numerous productions at the University of Pretoria including: “Big Band Swing Fever” and “A Joyful Noise”. In 2014 Gert went to France with a vocal group call Music Company where they gave workshops on African traditional music.