The Ndlovu Youth Choir are currently home in between their America’s Got Talent performances and while at a press day, they paid tribute to Johnny Clegg.
Johannesburg, South Africa – In 2018, the Ndlovu Youth Choir performed an isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” during an interview on Jacaranda’s breakfast show. Since then, they have been doing some incredible things. Most recently, they travelled to America to go audition for America’s Got Talent where they went viral for their performance and made it through to the next round.
In the next phase of the competition, the choir has impressed the judges with their rendition of “Waka Waka”. Simon Cowell went on to say that if he could “bottle the choir, he would drink it every day!” They are now home to do a round of interviews and while at Higher Ground in Bryanston, they took some time to honour and remember Johnny Clegg.
Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. He died in his Johannesburg home on 16 July 2019, aged 66.
The choir forms part of a more significant project which started in 1994. The Ndlovu Care Group was founded in 1994 by a Dutch doctor names Dr Hugo Templeman, in the rural village of Moutse, Limpopo. The care group provides innovative healthcare, childcare, education and community development. The Ndlovu Youth Choir was created in 2009 and has since, profoundly affected the lives of the young members. The choir demonstrates the potential of any human being when given a chance to achieve excellence no matter their background, education or place of birth. The youth choir has grown from humble beginnings to the incredible ensemble it is today.
Watch their tribute to Johnny Clegg below.