Africa-Press – Mauritius. The group of singers representing Rodrigues was proclaimed as the winner of the first edition of the interregional a cappella competition, ‘Sa Nou Lavwa’ (This is our voice), during the finals held on 21 May 2022 in Phoenix. The contestants won a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a trophy. The event was organised by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation.
The objectives of the competition were to promote a cappella music as a recreational activity; provide youngsters with a platform to express their talents; and offer guidance to young people who wish to further develop their skills with a view to becoming professional a cappella singers.
Eminent dignitaries including the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr Jean Christophe Stephan Toussaint; Member of Parliament, Mrs Marie Sandra Monia Mayotte; and the Commissioner for Youth and Sports of Rodrigues, Mr Varoc Ravina, were present on the occasion.
Some 10 teams of up to 15 youngsters, representing the nine districts of Mauritius, and one team from Rodrigues, competed against each other. The group representing Pamplemousses district placed second, and was handed over a cheque of Rs 75 000 and a trophy.
Grand-Port district got third place, and received a cash prize of Rs 50 000 and a trophy, whilst the contestants from Black-River were rewarded with the fourth prize of Rs 40 000 and a trophy.
In his address, the Sports Minister expressed satisfaction as regards the live performances of the contestants, which he qualified as ‘extraordinary talents’.
He added that the competition was an important platform provided to youngsters to showcase their talent. He also lauded the efforts and dedication of all officers who enabled the successful organisation of the competition. Moreover, the Minister announced the holding of the second and third editions of the competition.