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The Ndlovu Youth Choir Wins the Hollywood Music in Media Award

South Africa's favorite choir continues on its winning streak.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir continues to fly the South African flag high. Recently, the choir was awarded the Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Independent Music Video" alongside Grammy award-winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, for their Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".


It's been two months since South Africa's Ndlovu Youth Choir reached the finals of America's Got Talent (AGT). Prior to that, their unique renditions of popular songs such as Toto's 1982 hit song "Africa" and Vicky Sampson's "African Dream", captured the hearts of everyone watching the show. In fact, after they returned home after the finals, the choir was reportedly offered a music deal by AGT judge, Simon Cowell. Since then, the choir has been in the spotlight considerably and even performed for the Springboks as they arrived from the Rugby World Cup in Japan as well as the Africa Fashion International Jo'burg Fashion Week.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards show was held on November 20th and according to TimesLIVE, "celebrated a decade of recognizing the most exceptional music artists in all visual media from around the globe, including film, TV, video games, trailers, commercial advertisements, documentaries and special programs."

Both the choir and Kellerman took to social media to announce the exciting news:


Watch the video for the choir's rendition of "Shape of You" below:

Ndlovu Youth Choir and Grammy-winning flutist Wouter Kellerman - Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran www.youtube.com

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A Ghanaian Artist Brought A Boat To This Year's Art Basel Miami

Serge Attukwei Clottey installed a traditional Ghanaian fishing boat into a Miami hotel to create a deeply immersive and impactful sound sculpture experience.

After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Basel Miami returned in person to celebrate the arts, bringing many viewers from around the world to the city for a 3-day event at the Miami Convention Center. Hundreds of art purveyors filled the building for a time of conversation, art, and inspiration – all while adhering to this yea's mask-wearing requirements. The city of Miami bubbled as hotels, restaurants, and bars were the epicenter of entertainment, boasting lavish parties with celebrities from across the country taking part in the action.

An artist who caught our attention was Serge Attukwei Clottey from Ghana, who presented his work at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel titled, The Bodies Left Behind. Clottey, who’s best known for repurposing plastic Kufuor gallons in his artwork as a means of exploring issues like global warming, water scarcity, and other environmental issues, staged a month-long exhibition, in partnership with the hotel. It allowed the artist and his team to further dive into the issue of global warming and water scarcity, throughout the hotel. The exhibition left guests of the hotel curious about his work.

Clottey made a huge statement by presenting the western traveler’s effects on Africa and its coastline in a luxurious space. He spoke to OkayAfrica about why he chose this subject matter.

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