The Ndlovu Youth Choir and more to perform at Miss SA live show

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  • The Miss South Africa live show will feature top local artists, including the Ndlovu Youth Choir, Ntokozo Mbambo and Zakes Bantwini.
  • The event will be screened live from 17:00 on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and will also be streamed online for an international audience.
  • The winner will receive R1 million in cash, the use of a fully-furnished apartment at Central Square Sandton, and a Mercedes Benz C-Class sedan for the year of her reign. 

The dazzling Miss South Africa pageant takes place on Saturday 16 October, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, and is set to entertain and wow the audience with a line-up of exciting local musical talent.

The event will be screened live from 17:00 on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and streamed online for an international audience on with extra highlights and exclusive content. Want to attend the live show? But your ticket here

Performing in the show are the Ndlovu Youth Choir, which took the US by storm when they became the first choir in the history of America's Got Talent to make the finals; award-winning gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo and singer and record producer Zakes Bantwini.  

Choir manager Josh Georgiou says: "The choir will be performing three songs at the Miss South Africa pageant, two originals and a cover version of a song that featured in the movie The Greatest Showman. All the songs have powerful, uplifting messages that speak about overcoming adversity and believing in your dreams. Hopefully, these themes resonate with all the Miss South Africa finalists and give them confidence and courage on their big night.

"The choir members are excited and honoured to be part of such a glamorous and prestigious event. They plan to sing their hearts out and will be cheering loudly when the eventual winner is crowned."
Josh Georgiou

Born in Umlazi in Kwa Zulu-Natal, Ntokozo Mbambo began her singing career in her church worship team, and, at the age of 15, she was the youngest member to join the sensational gospel group Joyous Celebration. 

She has opened the stage for countless acclaimed gospel musicians such as Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and Cece Winans on their South African tours and has also travelled to the US, UK, Ghana, Swaziland, Kenya and Botswana to perform. 

Of her anticipated performance at the pageant, Ntokozo says: "I am looking forward to doing a duet with the choir of young musicians. We are collaborating on a song that is outside my usual genre of gospel. But I am well aware of its inspirational and aspirational message, so I'm all for it!! 

"The pageant itself is something I have been following, more so in recent years. I think we've come a long way as women in South Africa and to be able to celebrate what makes us African, beautiful and feminine is a beautiful thing. I look forward to seeing all the girls, and I wish them nothing but success whether or not they wear the crown."

KwaMashu born Zakes Bantwini studied at the Durban University of Technology and is where he formed his own record label Mayonie Productions while completing his final year. 

His latest single, Osama, was released last month and peaked at number one on the Radio Monitor Charts.

ALSO READ | Zakes Bantwini tells us about the overwhelming response to Osama: 'I didn't expect this'

Miss South Africa 2021 will take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth more than R4 million. The top 10 competing for the crown are Bianca Bezuidenhout, Catherine Groenewald, Cheneil Hartzenberg, Jeanni Mulder, Kaylan Matthews, Kgothatso Dithebe, Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima, Tiffany Francis and Zimi Mabunzi. (Get to kow the top 10 a little better here)

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