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Master KG, Ndlovu Youth Choir to perform on Robben Island as part of Africa Rising and Live Love

As part of Africa Rising and the Live Love non-profit, the Ndlovu Youth Choir will join Master KG in a performance that will be livestreamed from Robben Island in Cape Town ahead of Freedom Day on 25 April 2021 from 4pm to 6pm. International personality Maps Maponyane will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Audiences will have the opportunity to win an exclusive VIP experience at the event on Robben Island by making an online donation of at least R30; benefiting the music and events industry and charities in sustainability, education and conservation.

Master KG, Ndlovu Youth Choir to perform on Robben Island as part of Africa Rising and Live Love

Africa Rising brings music and travel to the world by telling beautiful and inspiring African stories through uniquely produced music experiences. These are brought to life by broadcasting live performances by Africa’s biggest artists, set in the most iconic locations on the continent. Through these stories and the platform, Africa Rising aims to raise money to invest back into the industries decimated during the pandemic, and into African communities that desperately need it.

Master KG is a South African musician and record producer and his album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an Afrimma Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of Bolobedu dance. In 2020, his song “Jerusalema”, featuring Nomcebo Zikode, went viral online, garnering international success. The mastermind behind the infectious “Jerusalema” song beat fellow African performers like Burna Boy, Rema, Sheebah, Gaz Mawete, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa to win the title of Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs).

The Ndlovu Youth Choir’s incredible run on season 14 of America’s Got Talent (AGT) made them the first choir in the history of either America’s Got Talent or Britain’s Got Talent to reach the final. Their soul-stirring performances won hearts and minds around the world. After their final AGT performance, legendary music producer and record executive Simon Cowell labelled the performance: “The best final I have ever sat on in my life.” He went on to sign the choir and, together with Syco and Sony Music, they released their first album, which debuted at number one on iTunes.

During the coronavirus crisis, the choir continued to offer hope and inspiration with their enthusiastic Covid-19 musical public service messages - which were shared by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and the United Nations. They joined many of the world’s top A-list performers on a virtual stage when they were featured during the Global Citizens One World: Together at Home virtual concert.

As the Ndlovu Youth Choir’s meteoric rise continues, they strive to push the creative boundaries of song and dance to reach and touch audiences of all ages across the globe. The high energy performances have not only thrilled audiences around the world. but have shared a message of hope, love and togetherness.

“We would like to honour all the theatres, venues, technical providers and events companies that ensure every show is a magical experience. We trust that our performance at Africa Rising will encourage you and give you hope that we will rise,” says Ralf Schmitt, musical director of the Ndlovu Youth Choir.

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