Drakensberg Boys' Choir School

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Drakensberg Boys Choir School
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Drakensberg Boys Choir School is located in South Africa
Drakensberg Boys Choir School
Drakensberg Boys Choir School

Coordinates29°01′20″S 29°26′08″E / 29.02222°S 29.43556°E / -29.02222; 29.43556
School typePrivate
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
FounderJohn Tungay

Drakensberg Boys Choir School is a choir school located near Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


The school was established in 1967 by John Tungay with assistance from his family.[1] It educates the members of the Drakensberg Boys Choir. Enrollment is approximately 120 boys aged 9 to 15. The school has a 600-seat auditorium constructed in 1995 and holds weekly concerts. The Choir has toured internationally.

Concert tours[edit]

The Drakensberg Boys' Choir performing at the Media24 Centre in Cape Town in 2015.

The choir has presented concerts in the United States and across Europe and, by Papal request, at the Vatican City.[2] They have also performed with South Korean artist Lee Moon-se.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Bala Brothers, the South African vocal trio, attended Drakensberg Boys Choir School in the 1980s and 90s. In 1988, six years before the end of Apartheid, the oldest brother, Zwai, was the first black student admitted to the school.[4]

Jean-Philip Grobler, an indie electronic synthpop artist, sang in the Drakensberg Boys' Choir[5] before moving to Brooklyn, NY to make music as St. Lucia.


  1. ^ "Artist: Drakensberg Boys Choir". The Coca-Cola Company. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ Pope John Paul II (20 July 1983). "Address at a General Audience". vatican.va (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  3. ^ Lee Moon-se (27 August 2012). "이문세와 떠나요! 비밥바룰라". Chosun Broadcasting Company (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  4. ^ Powell, Alicia (2015-05-14). "South Africa's Bala Brothers set sights on U.S. music market". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  5. ^ Cragg, Michael (May 9, 2012). "New music: St Lucia – Before the Dive". The Guardian. Retrieved September 16, 2017.


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