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‘Little Adele’ united South Africa and Ireland at a time when our countries weren’t feeling too friendly, during her journey to the Ireland Junior Eurovision Finals. Now, she’s releasing her first original song and is dedicating it to South Africa and local children fighting cancer for Christmas:


Global (31 October 2023) — Niamh Beatrix Smith, AKA ‘Little Adele’ earned her place in South African hearts after the young South African kept SA close in song while competing in the Ireland Junior Eurovision competition. It was a beautiful moment of unity through song, as her rise on both countries’ radars happened around the same time South Africa and Ireland faced off during the Rugby World Cup in a heated battle.

After singing her heart out for the finals and earning the support of countries all over, Niamh has been hard at work creating her own music for the first time, with a special acknowledgement for South Africa.

Despite now calling Ireland’s Wicklow home, the 12-year-old South African songstress keeps her roots close to her heart—so much so, that she’s dedicating her first original song to South Africa for Christmas.

And, Niamh’s first original song, ‘Kersfees in die Vreemde’, will see her join musical forces with the South Africa Youth Choir!

Speaking on her big debut, Niamh shares that its underlying message is unity.

“It’s about how Christmas, like music, brings people together — regardless of culture, country or language,” she shares. 

Listen: Niamh B’s ‘Kersfees in die Vreemde’

Even more heartwarmingly, her song is inspired by 10-year-old cancer fighter and Capetonian Carla Van Eeden, who Niamh explains as “the bravest and kindest kid I know”.

True to her dream of touching lives through song (Niamh has already dedicated covers she’s sung to Make a Wish Ireland) Niamh’s also dedicated her original work to raise funds for South Africa’s Reach for a Dream.

“I chose Reach for a Dream because the charity makes a memorable difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses—children who very often have to spend Christmas in the ‘unknown’,” adds Niamh.

Reach For a Dream is ever-grateful that Niamh chose to support their efforts, with the Foundation’s Natalie Lazaris sharing:

“Niamh is an epitome of hope and her strength and courage to continue to make hr dreams a reality is inspiring,” says Reach For a Dream’s Natalie Lazaris.

But, this isn’t all Niamh’s only surprise. Following her first original song, Niamh has another tune in the waiting—’ Christmas All Year’—which she composed alongside an Irish teen talent, The Girl with the Harp. It is set to be released soon after Kersfees in die Vreemde, and we’ve already made space on our Christmas playlists!

Sources: Alda Smith – Supplied
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