Last updated on Nov 30th, 2020 at 03:03 pm
They wowed the world when they entered America’s Got Talent, and they’ve been climbing the ladder of success ever since…
The Ndlovu Youth Choir encapsulates the South African spirit of creativity and rising above all odds to achieve your dreams. The choir inspired us throughout lockdown, releasing a catchy tune to promote good hygiene and to encourage people to stay safe amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Our music helps people become the best version of themselves,” says Ralf Shmidt, Choir Director.
We loved their vibey version of Dolly Parton’s timeless classic, Jolene, and most recently, the choir released a new song in honour of Mandela Day in July this year.
But what have they been up to since then?
It has now been revealed that the Ndlovu Youth Choir and Netflix have partnered up for a Christmas cover!
The song, Square Root of Possible, comes from the holiday film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Adventure. The choir shot the music video in Johannesburg, and re-worked the lyrics to include six of the country’s 12 official languages.
“The challenge of recording a cover of this catchy tune was staying true to the song, especially when translating it to our 6 official languages,” says Nonhlanhla Somo, lead singer of the Ndlovu Youth Choir. “Because it is such a beautiful song, we really wanted to do it justice and so we practiced for hours on end to ensure that we brought it life in a way that stayed true to the song while also encapsulating our African flare.”
“The song was transformed from an American style theatrical piece, to a song that is intrinsically African, that will surely inspire all those who listen to it.”
About Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event.
Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder.
But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.
From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Sharon Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin, Kieron Dyer, Justin Cornwell, Lisa Davina Phillip, Hugh Bonneville