The Ponahalo Free State workshop took place in Parys at Lapa Mandzi from 18-21 September.
The objective of the workshop was to enhance the staff members skills on music and movement, ensemble performances and communication skills..
Two main songs where arranged by Dingani Chabalala who is a band coordinator of the Kimberly FBF and Khayalethu Benela who is the current PULSE participants.
Dingani arrange a world famous song called Jerusalem by DJ Master KG and Khaya arranged a song called He lives in me by Lebo M which is an extract from a movie called The lion king.
In attendance was 17 participants and 5 Facilitators
Facilitators: Sindisiwe Ngcobo(Education Facilitator)
Peter Maluleke(Education Facilitator)
Dingani Chabalala (Band coodinator)
Sessions conducted were:
Communication sessions -CV writing
Building self confidence
Positive outlook on life and resilience
Games- Indigenous games took place.
The purpose of the games was to strengthen the team spirit, improve flexibility and critical thinking.
The participants were given an opportunity to creatively come up with their own choice of ensembles and repertoire to perform.
Ensembles consisted of choir ensemble, Poets and brass ensembles. There was also a full band sessions which consisted of Brass, Percussion, Pit percussion and dancers
The workshop was closed off with a concert whereby participants prepared their own artistic creativity to perform at the concert, which was attended by community members who were invited by the accommodation manager of Lapa Mandzi
Author: Tebogo Franqo Ntshole
Editor: Jacob Mhlapeng