By Ulrich Janse van Vuuren:
The Ndlovu Youth Choir and Grammy Award-winning South African flute player Wouter Kellerman have teamed up to record an unique isiZulu cover version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’. We absolutely love it!
They filmed this really awesome music video at the Maropeng Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng, South Africa to accompany the hit song!
Founded in 2009, the exuberant Ndlovu Youth Choir 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.
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.
Source: Meet My Mzansi