Drakensburg Boys Choir

Worldwide there are many schools with boys’ choirs, but the Drakensberg Boys Choir is one of only a few of its kind, globally: a boarding school using choral music as a significant vehicle for holistic education.

The mission of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School is to prepare boys for life and leadership through excellence in music, academics, physical development and social enrichment, in a Christian environment.

The choir is known for its African repertoire, containing works like “Shosholoza”, and “Night Sounds” where the choir imitates the sounds of the African Bush. They also perform a Gumboot Dance, which originated in the South African mines. Using African instruments and body percussion as accompaniment, the choir performs traditional African works. Choir genres include pop, rock, and African.

From 1971 the Drakensberg Boys Choir has presented its choral programmes internationally, including North America, the Far East, across the continent of Africa as well as in Europe. In 1973 they were invited to the world festival of choirs in Israel (the 6th Zimriya) which they won and got the only standing ovation. They also took part in the film “Those Naughty Angels” in the same year. The  film is still screened regularly in South Africa.

The choir has presented concerts in the United States four times. In Europe they have sung in the UK, Hungary, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Poland and, by Papal request, at the Vatican City before 25,000 people.

The choir has toured across much of southern and central Africa, singing in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia, and in Egypt. It has undertaken tours to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Japan, Turkey, Finland, Australia and Scandinavia.

On the invitation of the Minister of Cultural Organisations the choir toured Japan in 1997, 2001 and 2002.