Our Colonial contemporary South Africa has the following chaffing comment on this subject:-
Taffy must look to his laurels. A Mr Pugh, of the Cardiff forward movement, recently paid a visit to South Africa, and in the course of his travels he had occasion to attend a mission service in Zululand.
A special feature of the service was the singing of hymns on the Zulu tongue by converted natives, and after hearing their efforts Mr Pugh, overpowered by sonority of these dusky choristers was fain to admit that in matter of voice even the Welsh singers must "stand down one" in favour of the Zulus!
It is needless to say that this extraordinary admission has created a profound impression in Wales, and it is suggested that his statement affords the Newport Eisteddfod committee a splendid opportunity for a bit of enterprise.
They should promptly invite a Zulu choir to enter for the competitions at next year's festival.
South Wales Daily News 31 December 1896
I wonder if they ever did?