Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases five videos of the Drakensberg Boys Choir (South Africa). These videos are from 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2011 choirs.
This post also includes selected comments about the songs and the choir from several of these videos' viewer comment threads.
The content of this post is presented for folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
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Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drakensberg_Boys'_Choir_Schoolfor information about the Drakensberg Boy's Choir.
*A previous version of this post was published under this same name.
[These videos are presented in chronological order with the oldest choirs presented first.]
Video #1: I will follow Him(sister Act )- Drakensberg Boys' Choir 2002 (in Japan)
Uploaded by holy233 on Jan 14, 2012
The name of the tenor wasn't given in the text superimposed in the video along with the other soloists. In 2009 colenso05, a viewer wrote that tenor is Phelo Bala.
Video #2: Drakensberg Boys' Choir in Jersey UK 2004
Uploaded by holy233 on Jan 19, 2009
In Jersey-"Good bye song" for the concert organiser by the Drakenensberg Boys' Choir 2004 (UK tour) when they left Jersey. The boys enjoyed singing and dancing anytime and anywhere.
Video #3: Drakensberg Boys' Choir - Shosholoza
Posted by chris2brooks, June 30, 2008
"Absolute chillingly good song sung by the best boys choir in South Africa. All the boys are very talented and very intelligent. All boys need an above average IQ to get in the choir as they have to go to a private school and the nature of the choir the study where ever they are. Wait for the middle of video absolutely wow!!!"
Video #3: Drakensberg Boys' choir - Kwangena Thina Bo
Uploaded by youngdread69 on Jul 1, 2007
wait 4 the ending part
Here are four comments from this video's viewer comment thread
"i've ALWAYS been a big fan of DBC, this is just AWESOME!!!! especially now that they've REALLY included other 'styles' (zulu songs) ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!"
"As a white South African now 31yrs old I was brought up in the 80's Aparthide and I am so happy to see this video. Finally kids togther and how wonderful it is! if there is one thing i've lernt on this earth is that no matter what we all have a part to play in making it a better place for eachother. every single person on this planet is equal and there is nothing negative people can do about it.Lots of Love and light and Peace.
[in response to a question about the name of this song]
"the song is called "Kwangena thina Bo" - it is a Xhosa greeting song".
"The Drakensberg boys Choir is a school set on a 100 acre estate in the Drakensburg mountain range in South Africa. It was founded in 1967 and is the only choir school in Africa. The boys choir's vision is to create a multi-racial, multi-cultural choir school to rival that of the Vienna Boys" -
Here's a comment from another video of this same song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amqx6jYHP-w
"I learned it as Lilizela
A general translation would be "We are here, we are gathered. The spirit is moved. Uulate! The spirit is moved."
Video #4: Drakensberg Boys' Choir ~ Amavolovolo
Uploaded by tcliffy on Jan 2, 2009
Since I'm from South Africa and am very proud to be, I've decided to upload videos from another of my all time favorite choirs, the Drakensberg Boys' Choir.
Here are two comments comment from this video's viewer comment thread http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOqFHraZmM
[Regarding the first song "Amavolovolo"]
"I love this song. It's sung often as a dowry song and it commonly translates to "revolver"...don't jump to conclusions here, people, the song is about celebration of the end of violence in the area the songs hails from. It is a beautiful, symbolic piece about welcoming in happier, more peaceful times to our lives."
[in response to a question about the name of the second song in this video]
"Ahmabicikili (i'm not sure if that's how you spell it). It's a funny song about having a bicycle then a car, and so on. :) I remember doing that one in hich school."
Video #5: Drakensberg Boy's Choir - South African Folk Songs
DigitalGAMP, Uploaded on Jun 11, 2011
On June 10th, 2011, GAMP hosted the Drakensberg Boy's Choir.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to The Drakensberg Boys Choir for the high quality of their performances and for the role model of unity that they provide. Thanks to the producers of these videos and to their YouTube publishers.
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