The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (14-24 years) the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. The choir consists of 45 choristers from Soweto and other areas in and around Johannesburg.
The word Mzansi means south in isiZulu and is also the township slang word for South Africa. The choir’s repertoire is an exciting assortment of South African music which incorporates elements of traditional music, pop and jazz.
The Mzansi Youth Choir is widely regarded as one of the best – if not the best show choirs in the country. Performance highlights include the One World Music Festival, M-Net Idols, Starlight Classics, the Presidential Awards Ceremony, a two week concert tour of Canada and a performance with Andrea Bocelli.
The choir has also performed at various corporate functions for SASOL, MTN, Standard Bank, Massmart, Audi, Spar, Murray & Roberts, Nedbank, Gijima, Barlow World and Investec. The Mzansi Youth Choir’s annual outdoor Christmas concert series are performed in parks and gardens around Gauteng and attracts a combined audience of 10 000 people.
The Mzansi Youth Choir has also appeared on television commercials most notably Naija Sings (M-Net Africa) and a montage for the FIFA World Cup (ESPN/American Broadcasting Corporation). During the 2010 FIFA World Cup the choir shared the stage with Columbian superstar Shakira and local band Freshly Ground for the performance of the official World Cup song ‘WakaWaka’ at the Kick-Off Concert and the World Cup Final.
The Mzansi Youth Choir regularly hosts and performs with visiting international choirs. Collaborations include the Tuscon Boys Choir (Arizona, USA), Kokopelli Youth Choir (Edmonton, Canada), Radcliffe Choral Society from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), Leuvens Meisjeskoor (Leuven, Belgium), Morehouse College Choir (Georgia, USA), Papaya (Copenhagen, Denmark) and G Stimmt (Saltzburg, Austria)
Mzansi’s unique pulsating energy, buoyancy, vibrancy and devotion to South African music is an experience not to be missed.