Nightbirde Buzzer
Photo Credit: America's Got Talent

In their latest release, the Mzansi Youth Choir pays tribute to Nightbirde with their cover of “It’s OK”.


Johannesburg, South Africa (10 October 2021) – The Mzansi Youth Choir has just released their latest song, a cover of Nightbirde’s “It’s Ok” – paying tribute to all those who have and are still battling cancer, and to those who have lost their loved ones to the fight of cancer.

The choir consists of around 50 choristers between the ages of 13 to 24, all from disadvantaged backgrounds but all with outstanding musical ability!

Nightbirde took the world by storm in America’s Got Talent with her captivating voice, authentic presence, bright smile, and upbeat attitude. Her performance of “It’s OK” on the global TV show went viral and inspired millions of people across the world through an emotional experience and realism combined with a positive and hopeful attitude.

“Some people will call it ‘blind denial’, but I prefer to call it rebellious hope,” wrote the singer on her Twitter page recently.

“Inspired by her incredible determination and positive view on life, we have made this cover, dedicating it to Nightbirde, to all those who have and are still battling cancer, and to those who have lost their loved ones to the fight of cancer,” said Sidumo Nyamezele, music director of the Mzansi Youth Choir.

Nightbirde auditioned for the 16th season of America’s Got Talent (AGT) in 2021. Simon Cowell awarded her a golden buzzer for her performance of her original song “It’s OK.” The song reached No. 1 on iTunes and No. 2 on YouTube’s trending list. Her performance was one of the most moving moments in the history of a show known for moving moments.

You can watch it below:

Nightbirde was diagnosed with cancer before performing on AGT. Marczewski withdrew from the competition after the auditions, claiming a worsening of her health and the need to focus on her battle with cancer.

Her inspiring philosophies, such as “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy” and “Don’t you want to see what happens if you don’t give up?” has given us all a sense of hope in our own stories. 

The custom cover art for the cover by the Mzansi Youth Choir has special symbolic meanings: the stage lights represent Nightbirde’s discovery of her voice and ascension to stardom, whilst the Golden Buzzer she received is represented by the white and silver sparkles.

Because an eagle flies higher than any other bird, it is a symbol of “Rebellious Hope”. The eagle represents Nightbirde and her journey to continue to soar through her battle with her ignited inspiration.

“Nightbirde has become a symbol of courage, poise, beauty, and inspiration. In times of adversity, her voice was the voice that people across the world, including us, needed to hear. We send prayers and much love to Nightbirde. You have taught us all to be brave,” added Sidumo.

Listen to the song below (or stream it from here):

Sources: Mzansi Youth Choir
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