WATCH: PJ Powers and Tygerberg Children’s Choir pay tribute to Covid-19 essential workers


Award-winning musician PJ Powers and the Tygerberg Children's Choir were set to perform at the mass choir extravaganza at this year’s The Suidooster Festival in Cape Town in March.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the festival was postponed. 

As a tribute to all essential workers working during the coronavirus pandemic and the public’s efforts to flatten the curve, the festival organisers collaborated with renowned producers Vicky Davis and Schalk Joubert from the Cape Town Music Academy to put together a music video of PJ Powers’ hit single World in Union.

The audio and video footage that features PJ Powers and her band members, with the thirty-five choir members was recorded during lockdown while all artists were self-isolating at home.

“I was delighted when this virtual collaboration came about, as the song’s important message is more appropriate than ever during these uncertain times,” PJ Powers tells YOU.

“This time around I approached the vocals with a sense of healing and hope in mind. My hope is that it’ll capture the hearts of the nation as we walk this uncharted path.”

Incorporating a choir on such a large scale has been one of the most exciting things she’s done in her long career and to do it in this virtual manner was a first too.

“My personal experience of lockdown has been one of striving not to surrender every day. Sometimes I manage, sometimes I don’t.

“But what I do know is that fear and worry don’t take away today’s troubles; it takes away tomorrow’s peace,” she said.

PJ went on to encourage and praise the essential workers for their devotion of being of service to the nation and artists to find hope within this time.

“To all essential workers out there, South Africa continues to rely heavily on you. Your courage, resilience, and hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God Bless you and ease your load in the not too distant future.

“To my fellow artists – we are being tested, not only financially, but also spiritually. Find that balloon of hope inside yourself and hang on for dear life.”

The Tygerberg Children’s Choir conductor, Karina Erasmus, tells us how excited the children were to work with the legend after having been learning her music.

“The choir immediately grabbed the opportunity to sing with a South African legend, and I knew from the start that the children would make a success of it,” Karina said.

“Since we’re not allowed to practice together during the lockdown, this project gave us an opportunity to sh
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