Formed in Soweto in 2003 with the aim of affording talented, vulnerable teenagers and young adults the opportunity to perform locally and abroad, the Mzansi Youth Choir aims to create an appreciation of traditional African music globally, whilst embracing various music genres. In the words of a Mzansi Youth Choir chorister: “MYC gives me a reason to wake up in the morning.”
While the last two years have been tough on everyone, the choristers kept up their hopeful and proudly Mzansi spirit. In 2020, amidst the height of lockdown, they won the World Choir Games with their rendition of “A Million Dreams”, which was hosted virtually for the first time ever.
Highlights that followed included performances with international award-winning artists such as Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman, Yemi Allade, and Leslie Odom. Back home, virtual performances and collaborations became part of the norm and included releases with Francois van Coke, PJ Powers, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Lira as well as Samthing Soweto. Amidst it all, they worked on exclusive instructional choral videos and did covers of the ever-popular “It’s Okay” by Nightbirde and Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”.
Unfortunately, with pandemic restrictions in place long after the initial outbreak, the choir was not able to share any accomplishments with their local communities and the families who have supported them through it all.
With recent restrictions lifted, annual auditions could resume, live performances have increased and new compilations created…it seemed like the ideal time for an in-person celebration and showcase of the choir’s talents. An opportunity for the choir’s biggest fans to see them live on stage.
The choral directors have put together a selection of the choir’s greatest hits, as well as some new ones to entertain the Mzansi crowds in the Soweto Theatre.
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