Keystone State Boychoir's 2011 Tour to South Africa

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) will embark on a three-week concert tour in South Africa on July 6, 2011. Having toured South Africa in its first season, KSB is returning to the country with the distinction of being the only choir to have sung on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

This "Happy Birthday, Madiba!" Concert Tour* will honor through song and community service the great Nelson Mandela. Mandela has asked that, on his birthday (July 18th), his fellow South Africans perform 67 minutes of community service, rather than simply take a day off. The 67 minutes represents the number of years he spent fighting apartheid. KSB has decided to travel to South Africa during the hero's birthday month and honor his request in every city they visit.

Steven Fisher, Associate Music Director, says: "Nelson Mandela is one of the few, true heroes alive today. It's important that the boys know who he is, and what he stands for. He stood up for South Africans and in doing so, stood up for us all. "

The Boychoir will sing concerts in Kimberley, Winterton, Piet Retief, Kruger National Park, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Nylstroom, Soweto, Tygerberg, Cape Town, and Rondebosch. The Boychoir will be hosted by the St. Cyprian's Grammar School, Kimberley Children's Choir, Drakensberg Boys Choir, Highveld Youth Choir, Jakaranda Kinderkoor, Tyberberg Kinderkoor, and the Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School. This "Happy Birthday Madiba" Concert Tour will honor, through song, the great Nelson Mandela. Each day of the concert tour, the boys will perform 67 minutes of community and musical service, as requested by Madiba.

* Madiba is a title of respect for Nelson Mandela, deriving from his Xhosa clan name.


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2011 Tour to South Africa