SET FOR STARDOM
With spirited determination and attitude, the children from Ndlovu Youth
Choir come from some of the poorest communities in the world. Many have the world on their shoulders. Some of them have had parents who have passed away, and they’re now looking after their siblings on their own. Yet, collectively, they have managed to find immense international success, particularly with their astounding performances in America’s Got Talent.
The group has brought South Africa to international stages, with audiences screaming their thunderous applause. Mentored and led by the passionate and incomparable Ralf Schmitt, musician, conductor, composer and producer, the group it seems, was always set for stardom.
Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has become world famous. Their unique musical arrangements and powerhouse vocals, irresistibly combined with mesmerising choreography and infectious energy, have inspired millions across the globe. A thirteen-year journey has seen an after-school programme for orphaned and vulnerable children, started by the Ndlovu Care Group, transforming into an international recording and touring career. Participation doesn’t only instil values of togetherness, a work ethic and a sense
of responsibility, but also develops self- discipline, self-confidence and leadership.
Through the choir, the choristers gain a global perspective that offers an early pathway to artistic and professional achievement, while the choir uses their talents to share their inspirational story with the world through song and dance. Their repertoire consists of an exciting mix of traditional South African genres blended with pop, rock, jazz and EDM.
AMERICA’S GOT (LOCAL) TALENT
The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s incredible run on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent (AGT) made them the first choir in the history of either AGT or Britain’s Got Talent to reach the final. Their soul- stirring performances won hearts and minds around the world.
After their final performance, legendary music producer and record executive Simon Cowell called the show “The best final I have ever sat on, in my life”.
He went on to sign the choir, and together with SYCO and Sony Music, they released their first album, which debuted at number one on iTunes. Since AGT, the choir has undertaken two European tours, sold out every public show and performed on numerous local and international TV and radio shows. Highlights have included a performance to more than 115 000 people in Cape Town, and The Match in Africa, which featured Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah. During the Coronavirus crisis, the choir continued to offer hope and inspiration with their enthusiastic Covid-19 musical public service messages, which were shared by the WHO and the UN. They joined many of the world’s top A-list performers
on a virtual stage when they were featured during Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home virtual concert. As the Ndlovu Youth Choir’s meteoric rise continues, they strive to push the creative boundaries of song and dance to reach and touch audiences of all ages across the globe. Their high energy performances have not only thrilled audiences worldwide, but have also shared a message of hope, love and togetherness.