Tourists to Mozambique are usually drawn to the country’s untouched beach islands and old-growth rainforests (similar to the ones in northern neighbor Tanzania) where elephant- and whale-watching are both possible. Similar to its southern neighbor South Africa, Mozambique’s urban spaces are full of cultural opportunities: capital Maputo hosts an International Music Festival every year while the country’s ministry for the arts has started Xiquitsi, a project similar to Venezuela’s El Sistema. Orchestras and choirs are welcomed warmly and have opportunities to perform and collaborate in many different venues.

Classical Movements has been planning tours to Southern Africa since 1994. With a South African and many musicians on staff, the company has arranged numerous customized tours and collaborations for groups such as the Yale Concert Band, Pacific Boychoir, Morgan State University Choir and Children’s Chorus of Washington.  We frequently arrange concert tours around the world for Southern Africa groups such as Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Voices of Namibia, UCCSA Broadhurst-Botswana and Wits Choir (University of Witwatersrand).

Classical Movements also owns and produces the Ihlombe South African Choral Festival. Since its inception, the festival has presented 125 choirs from various African countries, the United States, Canada, and even Trinidad & Tobago.

🇲🇿 Sights & Sounds 🇲🇿

  • Maputo
  • International Music Festival
  • Xiquitsi Project for Orchestras & Choirs
  • Fortress of Our Lady of the Conception
  • Brazilian, French & Portuguese Cultural Centers
  • Beira
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Benguerra Island
  • Mount Mabu
  • Traditional marimba & marrabenta music

Testimonials

Thank you for inviting us to participate in this wonderful IHLOMBE festival.  Musically, we, the Morgan State University Choir had an opportunity to hear some very fine choirs from South Africa and the United States. Culturally, we visited places that will change our lives forever…I personally know how much time and effort went into every detail of this trip.  You have given the students of these choir memories that will last a lifetime.

-Morgan State University Choir

This was the best travel/performance experience I have ever had. The choirs we performed with were all outstanding as were the excursions. The history of South Africa is worth exploring.  Classical Movements has crafted an experience in South Africa that is not to be missed. Our lives will never be the same. Thank you for the positive change on my life and the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe 2011.

-Miami Children’s Chorus

Press

“In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, and building on donations to the three benefactors of last year; some of the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that work to help under-privileged communities and youth programmes. Classical Movements is also empowering local choirs by directly sharing the profits from ticket sales.”

-Tonight Newspaper, July 2010

 

Abundant enthusiasm. That is the first thing you notice about Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements…[Ihlombe] showcases not only local talent but unique circumstances too, such as the All Saints Blind Choir from Ga-Rankuwa. They have also partnered with accomplished names in choral music, like George Kamxadana. Then there is the issue of the premiere taking place in Soweto. The township affords the Canadian and American choirs a chance to witness a part of our country that they would otherwise not have seen.

-The Citizen, Sibusiso Mkwanazi, July 2010