Ndlovu Youth Choir's Ralf Schmitt on their new album: 'The response has been incredible'

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Ndlovu Youth Choir
Ndlovu Youth Choir
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  • The Ndlovu Youth Choir intends to embark on a national tour within a month or two.  
  • The choir released its album, Grateful.
  • The album features artists such as Sun-El Musician, 25k, and Tyler ICU.

Just a few days after releasing their third album, Grateful, Ndlovu Youth Choir is already planning a national tour.

"We're planning a big national tour in a month or two. We'll be performing in theatres across South Africa," choirmaster Ralf Schmitt said in an interview with Channel24.

Later this month, the choir will headline the MTN Bushfire festival in Swaziland.

"We're very excited to be headlining Bushfire in Swaziland at the end of this month," he said.

Speaking about how the album was received since its release on 29 April, Schmitt said it was "incredible."  

"The response has been incredible. This album has taken us out of our traditional comfort zone, and it's been really cool to see the choir get creative." 

He added that the album also showed the choir’s progression – from just performing to creating their own music.

On the album, the group features popular DJ Sun-El Musician in the single, Afrika Hey, along with 25K, Tyler ICU, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain featuring in the other songs.

The choir said working with Sun-El Musician on the song was only a natural progression of their relationship because there was always "good synergy between us". The other artists they worked with were chosen because they were passionate about music and uplifting young people.

"We are very honoured to have collaborated with 25k, Sun-El Musician, Tyler ICU, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. It's been exciting moving into the amapiano genre and working with DJs and rappers," the choir said in a press statement.

The choir added that Africa Hey celebrates the beauty of Africa and encouraged people to be proud of the continent and share their pride wherever they travel in the world.

"We live in such a beautiful country, and we all have a responsibility to share this with the world," the choir said.

Overall, they said the process of working on the album was intense but also fun and creative.

"We have five original tracks, and it was very exciting to move out of our comfort zone, get creative, and collaborate with fantastic artists and choirs."

"The Grateful album is a way for us to thank everyone for their love and support over the years. We hope and pray that this album will inspire the youth to be the best they can be and remind the world to give young people a chance whenever and wherever they can," the choir said.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir was started in 2009 as a childcare programme of the Ndlovu Care Group (NGO) but was changed to a youth employment programme in 2018 because of its growth.

Within a year, the choir appeared on America's Got Talent and caught the attention of music producer and record executive Simon Cowell.

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