The Ekurhuleni Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (14-24 years) the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. Their repertoire is an exciting assortment of African music, which incorporates elements of traditional music, pop and jazz. Their pulsating energy, buoyancy and devotion to South African music are an experience not to be missed.
The choir consists of 45 – 55 choristers from the regions of Soweto , Johannesburg, Alberton and surrounding townships as Vosloorus, Kathlehong and Thokoza, Germiston and Thembisa. If and when it suits the client, the choir has also a Chamber Choir available, consisting of 16-24 choristers. The Ekurhuleni Youth Choir is a registered as an Article 21 Company, and is totally dependant of sponsorships to run the choir, e.g. for transport, salaries, tours, camps, food and clothes.
This unique youth choir promises to abide by its slogan of being “Unashamedly African” and they are most definitely “Alive with possibilities!”
The choir has performed with a wide spectrum of other choirs and musicians, inter alia:
Opening of the Pan African Parliament at Gallagher Estate; Drakensberg Boys Choir; Laurika Rauch; Nianell; Pops Mohamed; National Press Club; Richard Cock’s Songs of Praise; Jet Community Awards; Christmas Celebration Concert for RSG Radio Station; Numerous Choir Festivals; Soweto Gospel Choir in Maponya Mall, Soweto; Soweto SACCME Freedom celebrations; The Mayor of New Orleans at the Apartheid Museum; One World Music Festival in Durban; met with superstar Kirk Franklin; Corporate performances for Five Seasons Entertainment Company / Tyron Watkins Productions (Clients: Sasol Mining, Opening Government African Science Conference, Director’s….. and MTN).
Workshops and/or Concerts with visiting choirs include:
Tuscon Boys Choir from Arizona USA; Kokopelli Youth Choir from Edmonton in Canada; Radcliffe Choral Society Girl’s Choir from Harvard University, Boston, USA; Leuvens Meisjeskoor form Belgium; Morehouse College Choir from Atlanta USA; St Albans Cathedral Choir from Washington USA; Papaya from Denmark.