The Ndlovu Youth Choir is back with a unique spin on Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit ‘Jolene’. Watch the official music video over here:
The Ndlovu Youth Choir is back with a unique spin on Dolly Parton’s smash hit Jolene, and they’ve just dropped a beautiful music video to accompany it.
The Ndlovu Youth Choir is from a small town in Limpopo and since its inception in 2009, “have profoundly affected the lives of the choristers and demonstrates the potential of any human being to achieve excellence no matter their background, education or place of birth,” reads their official website. “From its humble beginnings as an after-school activity, the choir has evolved into a truly outstanding professional ensemble.”
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After making waves on America’s Got Talent and releasing their first album, the choir went on to release a music video for the hit song Jolene.
When People Magazine asked about the new release the Choir said: “This is an opportunity for us to show the world all about our African roots and the uniqueness that is our sound”.
Ralf Schmitt the Choir conductor added that: “We are super excited for this release, the inspiration comes from our travels in America, we’ve always wanted to infuse our African sounds with an iconic American song, we hope everyone loves this fusion.”
It is said that the Jolene music video was shot in February 2020 in the choir’s hometown of Moutse Valley in Limpopo and depicts how rooted the choir are and have always been.
The original track was released on 15 October 1973 as the first single and title track from Dolly’s self-titled album and produced by the legendary Bob Ferguson. The song was ranked No. 217 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004.
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