New Show Celebrating Ndlovu Youth Choir Creates Employment in the Arts

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AFRICAN PULSE - Celebrating The Ndlovu Youth Choir 

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The stars are aligned with the pulse of Africa and their songs will shine across the globe.

A brand-new theatrical piece entitled AFRICAN PULSE - Celebrating The Ndlovu Youth Choir conceptualised and produced by Showtime Management is currently in production. 

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This show is made possible through funding granted by the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) under the auspices of the National Arts Council. Over 150 people within the arts industry will be employed in the production and staging of this show. From front of house staff to cleaners, crews and the creative team, this show injects lifeblood into the struggling arts and culture sector. 

The live entertainment industry is one of hardest hit by the COVID-19 epidemic and resulting lockdown regulations. Losses to this industry over the last year are enormous and is production is assisting contract workers, free-lance workers and suppliers. 

“While providing much needed employment opportunities at the start of 2021, our long-term plan is to utilise the opportunity created through this grant to further add job creation by developing a show that could eventually tour locally and internationally,  once touring opens up.”

 

says Tony Feldman of Showtime Management.   

AFRICAN PULSE - Celebrating the Ndlovu Youth Choir will be staged at Montecasino’s Teatro on Saturday, 01 May 2021 with two performances at 2pm and 6pm. Strictly adhering to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the total audience capacity of 250 patrons is permitted at each performance. Limited tickets are on sale at R250 per ticket. To avoid disappointment book now. Proceeds from ticket sales will assist an industry cause that is feeding crew and artists who have not been able to work for more than a year. 

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The storyline is inspired by the spirit of the Limpopo based, Ndlovu Youth Choir whose talents, under the direction of Ralf  Schmitt rose to international fame in 2020 when this group of unknown South African vocalists reached the finals of  America’s Got Talent, Season 14. 

African Pulse is a story of resilience, courage and the determination of a young group of South Africans who come together with a burning desire to become a recognised and successful choir.

Although they have no idea what the future may or may not hold, especially in often adverse circumstances, their ongoing passion and ambition drives them, making them stronger and more determined to reach their goal. Their stars are aligned with the pulse of the universe, ensuring that they shine no matter what. Their destiny to become a world-renowned choir is inevitable. 

This remarkable story is told through song and dance using the choir’s existing repertoire and its most successful hits including “Africa”, “Jolene”, “Shallow/Enxwemeni”, “Shape of you” and “Higher Love” also featuring their newest  and original compositions like “Hold On”, “Ungandibulali” and “We Will rise”.

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The multi-talented creative team of Matthew Counihan (Director), Ralf Schmitt (Musical Director), Lesedi Job (Scriptwriter and Associate Director), Alistair Kilbee (Technical Director, Gearhouse Splitbeam), Oliver Hauser (Lighting Designer), Sandra Dyer (Choreographer), Thabang Sekele (Assistant Choreographer), Fried Wilsenach (Sound Designer) and Warren Le Grange (Content Director) bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the show.  This team of highly experienced industry specialists brings a new set of performance skills to the Ndlovu Youth Choir that takes the choir on stage for the first time at Montecasino’s Teatro.

Keep up to date with the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as African Pulse develops from an idea into a full world-class theatrical production, ready to share our “proudly South African” talents at home and in time to come, on international stages.  

Your invaluable support will assist members of the entertainment industry and their families. 

AFRICAN PULSE - Celebrating Ndlovu Youth Choir

Venue:  Teatro at Montecasino

Date and Times Saturday, 01 May 2021 at 2pm and 6pm 

Ticket price:  R250 per ticket

Bookings: Showtime Management

Social media #AfricanPulseSA

 

About The Ndlovu Youth Choir

Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has become one of the world's most treasured groups. Their unique musical arrangements, powerhouse vocals, irresistibly combined with mesmerising choreography and infectious energy have inspired millions across the globe. 

An eleven-year journey has seen an after-school programme for orphaned and vulnerable children, started by the Ndlovu Care Group, transform into an international recording and touring career. Participation does not only instil values of togetherness, a work ethic and a sense of responsibility, but it develops self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership. Through the choir, choristers gain a global perspective that offers an early pathway to artistic and professional achievement. The choir uses their talents to share their inspirational story with the world through song and dance. 

The choir’s repertoire is an exciting mix of traditional South African genres with pop, rock, jazz and EDM. Their intention to create a fresh and original sound is evident in their ability to take internationally well-known songs - Toto’s Africa, Kygo’s Higher Love, U2’s Beautiful Day and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You - and move them into an exciting new territory. 

The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s incredible run on America's Got Talent (Season 14) made them the first choir in the history of either America’s Got Talent or Britain’s Got Talent to reach the final. Their soul-stirring performances won hearts and minds around the world. After their final AGT performance, legendary music producer and record executive Simon Cowell labelled the performance ‘The best final I have ever sat on in my life’. He went on to sign the choir and together with SYCO and Sony Music they released their first album, which debuted at number one on iTunes. 

Since AGT, the choir has undertaken two European tours, sold out every public performance and performed on numerous local and international television and radio shows. Performance highlights include a performance to over 115 000 people in Cape Town and The Match in Africa which featured Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Bill Gates and Trevor Noah.

During the Coronavirus crisis the choir continued to offer hope and inspiration with their enthusiastic COVID-19 musical public service messages which were shared by the WHO and the United Nations. They joined many of the world’s top A-list performers on a virtual stage when they were featured during the Global Citizens One World: Together at Home virtual concert. 

As the Ndlovu Youth Choir's meteoric rise continues, they strive to push the creative boundaries of song and dance to reach and touch audiences of all ages across the globe. Their high energy performances have not only thrilled audiences around the world, but have shared a message of hope, love and togetherness. 

 

About Showtime Management (SA)

Showtime Management is a leading South African live entertainment show promoter and musical theatre producer, which has set the benchmark for the presentation of quality, international-standard shows and events, many of which have been presented throughout South Africa, Asia, Europe and Las Vegas.   Musical Theatre productions include Fame; Chicago The Musical (2005, 2008 and 2018/9 International Tour); We Will Rock You; Beauty & The Beast; High School Musical; Rent; Mamma Mia!; Dreamgirls; Menopause the Musical; Beautiful Creatures; Dirty Dancing; Jersey Boys; Annie; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; SA Representative The Lion King Asia & International Tour. Concert productions include: The Rolling Stones; Frank Sinatra; Elton John; Rod Stewart; Pavarotti; Seal; Janet Jackson ; Liza Minnelli; The 3 Tenors; Black Eyed Peas; Deadmau5; 50 Cent; George Benson; Swedish House Mafia; John Legend; Shakira; Tap Dogs; Eminem; Ultra Music Festival (2014 – 2018); Cirque Éloize iD; Disney On Ice (2014 – 2019); Jason Mraz; Russell Brand; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre;  Yusuf Cat Stevens;  Slava’s Snow Show; The Illusionists; Dynamo, James Morrison, Chicago The Musical, Monster Jam, Marvel Universe Live, Yo Yo Ma. 

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