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

Future Tour Dates

View Tour History


Videos

News

  • NYTimes’ Paul Krugman at DakhaBrakha Concert NYTimes' Paul Krugman at DakhaBrakha ConcertPaul Krugman is the New York Times Op-Ed columnist who holds forth on macroeconomics, trade, health care, social policy and politics.  He is the author or editor of 27 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. And he loves DakhaBrakha!
    In June, he attended their concert in New York City and ...
  • Hermeto Pascoal Featured in Jazz Journal Hermeto Pascoal Featured in Jazz Journal

    Hermeto Pascoal, that crazy Brazilian albino
    David Block ventures into the eccentric musical world of the intuitive multi-instrumentalist who became a global jazz name when he played on Miles Davis’s 1970 album Live-Evil

    By
    Jazz Journal – February 27, 2019

    Hermeto Pascoal is an enigma. He creates music out of almost any object that he can get his hands ...

  • Dakh Daughters to Perform at globalFEST 2019! Dakh Daughters to Perform at globalFEST 2019! 
    globalFEST Ticket Info Here
  • 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 ...


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)


 

Press Photos (High Resolution):