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South Africans are Rooting for the Ndlovu Youth Choir to Win America's Got Talent

The countdown to announcing the winner of the show has officially begun.

Last night, South Africa's Ndlovu Youth Choir gave yet another phenomenal and goosebump-inducing performance at the Dolby Theater for America's Got Talent (AGT). The group, which hails from Limpopo province, performed their own rendition of Toto's 1982 hit song "Africa" and received a standing ovation from all four judges during the last night of the season finale. Voting is currently underway and the winner of AGT will be announced early tomorrow morning.


After their first audition which saw them performing Vicky Sampson's 1995 hit "African Dream", the Ndlovu Youth Choir has consistently given one stellar performance after the other. Under the leadership of their choirmaster, Ralf Schmitt, the group of young singers has wowed the American audience with their insane talent and heartfelt message of being proud ambassadors for a united Africa. Following their moving finale performance, the choir tweeted, "Tonight we were proud young ambassadors of a united Africa. Africa has the world's youngest population, and our hope is that our performance reflected the talent, opportunity and potential of millions of young people. One nation, one continent."

Amid the unrest South Africa has been experiencing in the past week with xenophobic violence towards African nationals and gender-based violence affecting women, the choir's success and hopeful message have provided a glimmer of hope for a country currently going through some dark days.

Whether or not the Ndlovu Youth Choir emerges as the winner of this year's AGT, South Africans are nonetheless tremendously proud of their world-class performances and spirited attitude. We're certainly holding thumbs for them.

Watch their performance of "Africa" below:

Ndlovu Youth Choir Puts South African Spin On "Africa" by Toto - America's Got Talent 2019 www.youtube.com

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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