Star for Life in Concert – more than a concert!
Star for Life in Concert is an awe inspiring gala evening where young people from Sweden sing together with artists Triple & Touch, Thandiwe Mbobo and South African youth in Star Choir South Africa. A colourful, moving concert experience with a focus on tolerance, hope and love.
Music is an important instrument within the Star for Life program and the concert ‘Touch of Africa’ is used to inform about our work in South Africa and Namibia and to raise money for our programs in these countries. Our concert tour is a unique concept and provides the opportunity for young people from Sweden and Africa to meet and work together with music. The talented Star Choir South Africa are the focus of the concert and a natural link between young people from two continents.
Since 2011 cooperation between Star for Life and Swedish schools and choirs has led to numerous concert tours with sponsors including The Swedish Postcode Lottery, Nordea Private Banking and Skandia.
Every new tour is the continuation of a musical journey that has already been seen by 100,000 people, where Star for Life and Triple and Touch bring together young people from Sweden and South Africa to create an unforgettable musical experience – regardless of whether you are on the stage or in the audience.
Are you a student, a teacher, a singer or a choir leader and would like to join a concert? Please contact our tour coordinator:
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The 5 pillars of the concert
Star Choir South Africa
On stage you will meet Star Choir South Africa – four talented young people with endless energy from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa; all of them hand-picked from Star for Life schools. They come from very simple rural backgrounds. Yet they are born stars; their voices and stage presence are something out of the ordinary. Their stories testify to a tough life in which Star for Life has had a significant impact.
Ken Wennerholm and Göran Rudbo are celebrated artists in their own right but also music ambassadors for Star for Life. From the start of the program in 2005 they had the insight that music was the perfect tool for reaching out to South Africa’s youth. In addition to ambassadors, musicians and artists, they are also producers for Star for Life’s concerts and never fail to inspire their audience.
The mass choir
What distinguishes a Star for Life concert from other concerts is our massive youth choir with up to 1000 members in some towns. The committment, joy and power of the youth choir contributes to making Touch of Africa a memory for life. And when you see the Swedish and African youth singing together something magical happens and no-one is left untouched – for example when they sing the traditional zulu songs!
The young people come from schools and choirs in the town where the concert is taking place. With the help of texts and sound files, they have been practising with their music teacher for several months and it is not until the actual day of the concert that they meet the choirs from other schools. The whole afternoon is spent in dress rehearsal and imagine the feeling of suddenly being part of a 500 strong choir. And the concert is about to begin!
We usually invite a couple of guest artists to join us for the tour. It’s fun to see them performing and interacting with our own artists and the the big youth choir. Måns Zelmerlöw, Molly Sandén, Robin Stjernberg, Panetoz, The Moniker, Jessica Folcker, Mollie Minott, Eric Gadd, John Lundvik, Shirley Clamp and Gladys del Pilar are just some of the artists who have taken part in the concerts.”