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2017 China Tour

After their critically acclaimed performances at the IFCM World Choral Expo in 2015, the choir received an invitation - as one of 5 choirs, and the only choir from Africa - to take part in the 3rd Shanghai International Choral Festival in Shanghai, China, and the 3rd Jiangsu Zijin Choral Festival in Nanjing, China, during May 2017. 

2015 Macau Tour

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) invited the choir to represent Africa at the inaugural IFCM World Choral Expo in Macau SAR, during November 2015. Here the choir performed in the opening and closing concerts, presented lunch-hour concerts as well as workshops on African and South African choral music and singing.  

2014 China Tour


The IFCM invited the choir to once again represent Africa at the IFCM World Choral Summit and the 12th China International Choral Festival in Beijing, China, in July 2014. The choir further performed in a special concert requested by the Tianjin government, and during the tour was filmed for. The documentary aired as part of the Hello Tianjin program on a Chinese TV station.   
2014 Reunion Concert


Celebrating 20 years since its formation, the choir hosted a special 20-year reunion weekend where past and present members took part in a unique concert highlighting the choir's many successes. The concert presented a selection of the choir's repertoire over it's 20-year history. 
2012 China Tour

The IFCM invited the choir to represent Africa at the 11th China International Choral Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit in Beijing, China, in July 2012. The theme of this global initiative was voices in Harmony. The choir performed in the opening ceremony for the festival infront of 18 000 people. A special performance was also held for around 700 delegates, constisting of internationally renowned choral conductors. In addition to these performances, the NMMU Choir hosted a workshop. Here, attendees were taught African singing techniques and walked out practising the famous "African Clicks."

2011 Argentina Tour

In 2011 the choir was very privileged to be selected as one of the 24 choirs (chosen from 120 choirs from five continents) as the only choir from South Africa to perform at the prestigious IFCM’s 9th World Choral Symposium in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in August 2011. This is the most important event on the international choral calendar and scheduled every three years in another country and preferably on another continent.

2009 European Tour
At the 46th Internationaler Choir Wettbewerb in Spittal an der Drau, Austria, the Choir, with very strong competition from 10 other international choirs achieved the following:

First place: Volkslied (Traditional) with 96%

Third place: Kunstlied with 90,5%

Publikum prize: Most popular choir at competition

The Choir, reflecting our multi-cultural country in image, song and dance were not only ambassadors for Nelson Mandela University, but also our metropole, province and country. They are the only choir in the 46 years of the competition to receive a standing ovation after their performance.

2007 USA Horizons Tour
  • Nelson Mandela Trust fundraising concert at SA Embassy, Chicago - part of outgoing SA Ambassador Barbara Masekela’s farewell to the US.
  • Opening Concert, Ravinia - largest music festival in Chicago
  • Joint performance with the Chicago Children’s Choir - world premiere, Windy City Songs by South African composer, P├ęter Louis van Dijk
  • Concerts: Du Sable Museum for African American Cultural History, Chicago.
  • Concerts: Hyde Park (NY State) hosted by the DR Church, New York.
  • Concerts: Jacksonville, Florida (Univ. of North Florida, St John’s Cathedral, etc)

Performances at the University of North Florida and St Augustine were planned to coincide with the visit to Jacksonville by the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Nondumiso Maphazi, and her entourage. These performances were also attended by the Mayor of Jacksonville and other dignitaries.

Reviewers in the US wrote of the Nelson Mandela University Choir performances:

“…wows audience with versatility and skill”

“…amazingly talented, highly skilled”

“…brought the audience to its feet with high energy
African drumming, dancing, and traditional African songs”

“…the audience burst out of their seats”