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Collaborating for a brighter future

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Thinking. Pulling. Together. speaks to what individuals in collaboration can accomplish. It is a call to all of us, from friends, families and organisations, to our country and continent. By working together, we can create the South Africa we all aspire to.

The intangible magic of music binds us with its spell and while we listen, it makes us believe that life is good and the future is promising. Successful nation-building efforts require a component of these intangible elements: spirit, soul, rhythm, magic, goodwill, and energy.

Call them what you will, they are essential ingredients for the melting pot of a great and truly diverse country, working together in harmony.

The Mzansi Youth Choir

The Mzansi (‘south’ in isiZulu) Youth Choir was established in July 2003 to afford talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults, the opportunity to proficiently perform with song and dance locally and abroad. The choir consists of 45 choristers from Soweto and areas in and around Johannesburg.

The word Mzansi means south in isiZulu and is also the township slang word for South Africa. The choir’s repertoire is an exciting assortment of South African music which incorporates elements of traditional music, pop and jazz.

RMB has been a proud sponsor of the creative arts and of the Mzansi Youth Choir since its inception. At RMB our drive to make a real and sustainable difference across society and the communities in which we live and operate, is enabled by creating access to the arts.
A good team, like a choir, comes into being when the separate voices work together to create a masterpiece which is better than any voice can ever be on its own.
At RMB we believe in the exponential value of teamwork, collaboration and shared goals.
Performance highlights
The Mzansi Youth Choir is widely regarded as the best show choir in the country.

Performance highlights include the One World Music Festival, M-Net Idols, Huisgenoot Skouspel, Starlight Classics, The Voice, The Presidential Inauguration, KKNK, The National Arts Festival, The South African Music Awards, as well as performances with the Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celtic Women.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the choir shared the stage with Columbian superstar Shakira and local band Freshly Ground for the performance of the official World Cup song ‘WakaWaka’ at the Kick-Off Concert as well as the World Cup Final.

International highlights include performances in Canada (Stratford Summer Music Festival), Denmark (AAVF, Europe's largest contemporary vocal festival) England (Celtic Festival, Guildhall), Turkey, Scotland (Commonwealth Games, Mandela Day Celebrations), Russia (Cultural exchange - Russian and South African governments)

In April 2017 the choir performed at the International Youth Choir Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Mzansi Youth Choir is the only choir from the African continent to be selected to perform at this prestigious global event.

Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa.

We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions. In the business of corporate and investment banking, it’s not just the thought, but the quality and inventiveness of the thinking that counts. Our ability to think differently, and our collaborative spirit is what sets us apart and enables us to deliver on our brand promise Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

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