Blantyre Joint Choir (BJC), an interdenominational choral group, is this Sunday afternoon expected back on stage on stage with a Christmas Cantata.
BJC spokesperson Ceizer George Mzumala saidthe event comes under the theme For Unto Us A Child Is Born, drawn from Isaiah9 verse 6.
“We have been singing in different churches throughout the year but this time we are at Blantyre. This is one way of fulfilling our mission of serving God’s people through the performances,” said Mzumala.
He said a Christmas Cantata tells the Christmas story from the Old Testament’s prophecies about the birth of the Messiah to the appearance of angels to Joseph and Mary then the birth of Jesus in Jerusalem.
“The Christmas Cantata extends the story to the glorified position of Jesus Christ at God’s right hand where he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” said Mzumala.
Among others the Cantata will be spiced up by Mpachika Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Church Choir, Soche Anglican Christ The King Mass Choir, Limbe CCAP Choir, Soche Anglican Praise Team, Gift of Life Choir- St. James CCAP, Mpachika Youth Choir.
Joshua Chienda, a well-known music writer and researcher, revealed in an earlier interview that a Cantata is a Latin word meaning ‘sung’ and is not limited to Christmas, such that there are Easter Cantatas, or other Cantatas on any subject.
“A cantata is not limited to Christmas,” said Chienda.
The BJC was formed in 1977 and draws its membership from different denominations.