South Africa’s pride and joy, the Ndlovu Youth Choir, is back! And they continue to make the nation proud with their positive, proudly South African approach to music…
They’ve added their unique spin on Dolly Parton’s smash hit ‘Jolene’ – and dropped a beautiful music video to accompany it.
The original track was released on October 15, 1973 as the first single and title track from Dolly’s self-titled album and produced by the legendary Bob Ferguson. The song was ranked No. 217 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004.
Ndlovu Youth Choir stole our hearts in 2019 when they made their debut on America’s Got Talent for their jaw-dropping performance of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love”. From there, the song went on to be a sensation on several radio stations across South Africa. The “Jolene” music video was shot in February 2020 in the Choir’s hometown of Moutse Valley in Limpopo.
“This is an opportunity for us to show the world all about our African roots and the uniqueness that is our sound,” says choir conductor, Ralf Schmitt. “We are super excited for this release, the inspiration comes from our travels in America, we’ve always wanted to infuse our African sounds with an iconic American song, we hope everyone loves this fusion.”