THEY WOWED the world at the US talent competition, created ‘controversy’ and it looks like there’s no stopping them.
Ndlovu Youth Choir are a force to reckon with and recently unveiled their new offering debut album Africa, made popular by musical group TOTO.
Made up of young girls and boys from a village known as Moutse (Limpopo Province) as far back as 2009, the choir is in Berlin (Germany) to perform at the highly supported children’s charity festival – Hertz für Kinder, on December 7. It will be broadcast on national television in Germany on the same day.
The album is a spectacular representation of the choir that stole the hearts of millions during the 2019 season of America’s Got Talent (AGT) – and it has all the makings of an enduring favourite for music fans across the globe.
As a result it stands at chart No.1 and trended on twitter, following an equally successful Facebook live stream giving fans a taste of what to expect!
The 11-track offering delivers the signature songs that took a choir from the village of Moutse to the stage of a talent search show that draws 10 million viewers each season in America alone. It also includes an impeccably chosen repertoire of South African and international tracks and the choir’s first original – Believe – written by Ralf Schmitt, Ndlovu Youth Choir’s choirmaster, conductor and artistic director.
Asked to elaborate on what makes the Ndlovu Youth Choir so infectious, choirmaster Schmitt credits the young voices saying, “…what you experience when the choir perform is the expression of pure emotion. With deep experiences of pain and suffering also comes the ability to express more joy.
The choir’s ability to sing from a place of pure authenticity and raw emotion is what transforms and instantly brightens any song they interpret, forming an immediate connection with anyone on the receiving end of their music”.
Ndlovu-loosely translated an elephant- is testament to the group as it infuses power, beauty and energy of Africa into a musical performance.
While they might not have won the $1 million prize at talent competition, they did arrive back home in Limpopo to a R1 million cheque, handed over by Limpopo Arts and Culture MEC Thandi Moraka.
The loot most agree, changed their lives and added stability at home, considering the unfortunate background they come from.
For their efforts- they’ve appeared at three sold-out shows in Utrecht, Germany. Recently they performed with rapper Kwesta at the African Fashion Unites show in Sandton and made appearance at the SA Sports awards held in Durban in November.
The choir has been signed by famous talent manager Simon Cowell’s company SYCO entertainment and Sony Music SA.
Listen to the album Africa on:https://SonyMusicAfrica.Lnk.to/NYCa
Image (The infectious Ndlovu Youth Choir making international strides).