America Got Talent, Ndlovu Youth Choir And Africa’s Poverty Narrative

The superlative performance of South Africa’s Ndlovu Youth Choir at the America Got Talent show was met with excitement from both the audience and the wider viewing community.

The talent, energy and effort that went into the making of the choir could be gleaned the moment it came on stage. A judge, Simon Cowell, put it succinctly when he said that America Got Talent has “been waiting for a choir like this, something we’ve never heard before…”

While the outstanding performance of the choir, and the judge’s enthusiasm are refreshing, the Choir’s introduction of itself, however may have left many African progressives with a strong, deeply rooted feeling of distress.

Perhaps, in a bid to pull at the hearts strings of the judges, the choir opened its introduction by delving headlong into the rather unfortunate, inferiority-complex ridden statement of being from a small, poor community.

From what is known about the Limpopo province and the Moutse village, the choir must have been largely raised in a beautiful and serene environment, in a community full of rich relationships, mutual respect and dignity. Regrettably, the depressing narrative cast the happy and healthy looking choir members in an adverse light.

The world was not told, even in one brief sentence, about the beauty of the environment that is Moutse village, including the green flatlands, low rising hills, clean air, huge baobab trees, etc. A place renowned for a strong sense of community among its inhabitants and a dedication to the progress of the village… Click here to read full article.