Silent Night, sung in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, is the most beautiful thing you will hear today!
Western Cape, South Africa (06 December 2022) – A Stellies choir put together a beautiful rendition of Silent Night, sung in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa and it is giving us all the feels.
VOCES CORDIS (Voices of the Heart) was established in February 2022 by André van der Merwe. The choir consists of 80 choristers from across the Cape Peninsula aged between 18 and 50. André established the group as a continuation of his work with the Stellenbosch University Choir and the Stellenberg Girls Choir.
Many of the Voces Cordis members are alumni of his previous choirs – adults who pursue various professional careers now get a podium to continue their passion for ensemble singing.
Since February, the choir has appeared on national television, performed with Nataniël at the Grand West and was invited to perform at the Woordfees Art Festival in Stellenbosch.
This rendition of Silent Night is André’s newest arrangement for the choir and the talented musician says that he wanted to add some South African flavour to the song.
“South Africans tend to emulate the European winter tradition when we celebrate Christmas. This rendition is sung in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English, adding a South African flavour to the iconic Christmas Carol.”
“I believe that South Africans have a common heritage – we must increasingly be open to all our cultures and learn how to celebrate this diversity.”
Watch it below:
Look out for their next Christmas release with a truly South African nuance, an arrangement of Lize Beekman’s “Sonneblom uit Bethlehem” (Sunflower from Bethlehem).