|Ndlovu Youth Choir|
|Age (at audition)||13-27|
Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has profoundly affected the lives of the choristers and demonstrates the potential of any human being to achieve excellence no matter their background, education or place of birth. From its humble beginnings as an after-school activity the choir has evolved into a truly outstanding professional ensemble. The Ndlovu Youth Choir is part of the Ndlovu Care Group’s globally acclaimed childcare community programme. The choir aims to ensure that a child from a disadvantaged community enjoys the same level of musical tuition, care and opportunities as a child from a more affluent society.
Choristers that have been part of the Ndlovu Youth Choir have said that the chance to be part of a world-class extramural developmental program offers them hope, not only for enhanced opportunities but as a diversion from the challenges that come from living in disadvantaged communities. The risk of alcohol, drugs, teenage pregnancy and other problems are practically eliminated because choral music requires such a time investment. The Ndlovu Youth Choir aims to create a place of comfort and care and strive to nurture values such as self-discipline, self-confidence, tolerance, respect and leadership in our choristers.
The Ndlovu Youth Choir sings songs in all 11 South African languages which include Zulu, Xhosa and English. The choir’s music incorporates traditional South African genres such as isicathamiya, a style popularized by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their repertoire also includes ancient tribal chants, inspirational gospel, contemporary Afro-Pop and Jazz by globally acclaimed South African artists such as Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba, as well as original songs describing African life with a call for African unity.
The choir is vibrant, exuberant and colourful, and delivers a toe-tapping and energetic South African musical performance irresistibly combined with mesmerising choreography.
Ndlovu Youth Choir's audition in Episode 1405 consisted of singing and dancing to "My African Dream." Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes," sending Ndlovu Youth Choir to the Judge Cuts.
Ndlovu Youth Choir's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1407 consisted of singing and dancing to "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)". Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell and guest judge Brad Paisley all gave them standing ovations. Their performance was strong enough to advance to the Quarterfinals.