Silent Night gets really loud as young Cape Town stars let rip

13 December 2018 - 12:19 By Dave Chambers
Yanga Sobetwa, Craig Lucas and Paxton Fielies get into the Christmas spirit on December 13 2018.
Yanga Sobetwa, Craig Lucas and Paxton Fielies get into the Christmas spirit on December 13 2018.
Image: Esa Alexander

Almost 200 years to the day since it was first sung, Silent Night was performed in Cape Town on Thursday by three of the city’s finest young voices.

Yanga Sobetwa, 17, from Delft, who has just been crowned the winner of SA Idols season 14; season 13 winner Paxton Fielies, 18, from Bishop Lavis; and Craig Lucas, from Bishop Lavis, winner of The Voice South Africa in 2017, sang the famous Christmas carol on Kfm.

Yanga, who won a car and R1m on Idols in November, was announced as the latest addition to the line-up for Kfm’s KDay in March.

"This will be my first big performance in the city and I look forward to meeting all the Capetonians who rooted for me during the Idols competition," she said.

According to Wikipedia, Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village in the Austrian Empire on the Salzach river in present-day Austria.

The version sung by Bing Crosby is the third best-selling single of all-time.


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