Moutse: the dusty village that raised the Ndlovu Youth Choir

When Dutch physician Hugo Templeman asked a choir in a Limpopo village to sing, naively thinking it would do the self-esteem of its young members some good, little could he know he was setting them and their community on the road to world conquest

15 September 2019 - 00:00 By LEONIE WAGNER

Necklaces in geometric orange, yellow, turquoise and other bold colours lie stacked on the kitchen table among plates piled with beads. The room itself is a stark contrast to all the colour — the plastered walls are bare, the concrete floor is cold. The cast-iron stove is fired by coal.

The beads wobble as if keeping time as the gogos around the table start ululating, “ngijabula kakhulu”...

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