Ndlovu Youth Choir

 

About

This vibrant youth choral ensemble chants, harmonizes, and tip-toe-taps their way through a powerful 11-language repertoire that includes a sampling of all things South Africa: from isicathamiya (is-caht-a-MEE-ya), the a cappella genre accompanied only by body percussion, made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to ancient tribal chants, contemporary gospel, Afro-pop and Afro-jazz from the repertoires of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and uplifting choral music written for the choir.


 

Artist Links: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Areas of Representation: North and South America, UK, Ireland, Asia, Australia/NZ

Biography

Can participation in a music program change the lives of even the world’s most disadvantaged children? The choristers of the Ndlovu (end-LOVE-you) Youth Choir are living proof that it certainly can. This vibrant youth choral ensemble chants, harmonizes, and tip-toe-taps their way through a powerful 11-language repertoire that includes a sampling of all things South Africa: from isicathamiya (is-caht-a-MEE-ya), the a cappella genre accompanied only by body percussion, made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to ancient tribal chants, contemporary gospel, Afro-pop and Afro-jazz from the repertoires of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and uplifting choral music written for the choir.

Founded in 2009, this exuberant group has toured southern Africa and Europe with their multi-sensorial performances to significant critical and audience acclaim. The members are selected by audition from the young people from the Ndlovu Care Group, a community program providing healthcare, early childhood education, after-school activities, and more to rural Moutse, Limpopo, South Africa. Program directors find that, because of the time commitment of the choir, as well as the values of self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership that participation imbues, choristers have lower rates of drug use, delinquency, and teen pregnancy than their peers.

It’s about more than just staying out of trouble, though. The choir offers an early pathway to artistic and professional achievement that is so often only available to children from affluent backgrounds, but it also offers a connection to the children’s ancestral roots and allows them to share those cultural roots with the world. It’s a profound gift in both directions, and one which the singers themselves say fills them with hope: for a better life and for a better world.

Tour Dates

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Videos

News

  • DakhaBrakha featured on PRI’s “The World” Marco Werman and Allison Herrera recently discussed a DakhaBrakha concert at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on their summer tour of the USA.

    “When you go to hear the Ukrainian band, DakhaBrakha, the first thing you notice is their outfits.

    The group’s three female vocalists, Iryna Kovalenko, Olena Tsybulska and Nina Garanetska, wear towering hats made of black lamb’s ...

  • Songlines Music Awards 2018 Nominees! Congratulations to two Riot Artists performers who have each been nominated in multiple categories for the Songlines Music Awards 2018!

    Oumou Sangaré: Best Artist; and Africa & Middle East
     

    Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Best Group; and Europe
    We wish them luck in the awards ceremony in October!

  • Paul Krugman; DakhaBrakha in Kiev

    Friday Night Music: Dakhabrakha in Kyiv

    New York Times
    September 15, 2017 12:22 pm

    Since that’s where I am at the moment. It is, by the way, a surprisingly handsome city. Just looking at the city center you’d have no idea how much stress Ukraine is under.
    For those who haven’t seen previous clips, no, they aren’t doing ...

  • Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares included in NPR’s “The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women” NPR has created “a list of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present, as an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation. Compiled by nearly 50 women from across NPR and the public radio system and produced in partnership with Lincoln ...


Testimonials

AUDIENCE REACTIONS WORLDWIDE:

“Tonight, Berlin was in Africa”

— Berlin, Germany


“The choir’s ability to combine choreography with accurate and precise singing is astounding .”

— Edinburgh, Scotland


“Magnificent, I have no words, just tears”

— Amsterdam, Netherlands


“A thought provoking and powerful display of the potential of South African youths.”

— Oosterhout, Netherlands


“If this is the future of South Africa, we have so much to look forward to.”

— Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Downloads/Media

Technical Riders:

Ndlovu Youth Choir Rider: Download (pdf)


 

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