The Young Ambassadors of Brigham Young University Presented Mesmerizing Performances in Africa

  Tafadzwa TanJani

  • 25 May 2012

Dazzling on-stage performance by the Young Ambassadors

“It was a brilliant show and so uplifting. It’s wonderful to see people dressed modestly and having fun. They danced and did not run out of breath.” (Denise Butterfield, Roodeport Stake)

The Young Ambassadors (YAs) graced Roodepoort’s  ProMusica Theatre stage with jovial music and energetic dance in the African premier performance of Harmony, the Music of Life.  Trumpets, piano, drum, and guitar in the hands of fine craftsmen weaved intricate rhythms, accompanying the YAs meticulously coordinated choreography.  The music and dance bring a strong sense of harmony and peace.

Tickets to the concert where sold out marking the excitement and support . Many came with great expectations, and left fulfilled by the Young Ambassadors’ dazzling performance. Versatility was not in short supply as the dance and music evolved from contemporary to modern.  Underlying the performance was a lesson teaching that transformation and adaptability are essential in life challenges that come our way.

Gospel standards of modesty in dress, clean lyrics, and grooming are lessons that the youth took from the performers.  Through the various dances and music, it was apparent that these are “peculiar” (Deuteronomy 14:2) young adults whose roots are deep in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Everyone in attendance embarked on a journey as the show progressed.  Harmony is a narrative of life, encompassing, love, that is young, mature, and has stood the test of time. It portrays genuine, wholesome relationships, central to the great plan of salvation. One could empathise with the situations portrayed in the performance.

 In true African spirit the show closed with the freedom celebrating song, “Thula sizwe”, a rendition lead by Conlon Bonnor.  It was even more significant as the show took place on Freedom Day, reminding us that we are all children of a loving God, and should treat each other as such.

The Roodepoort performance was the first of 12 by the Young Ambassadors during their three-week tour of Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland.   Many were benefit performances.  The ProMusica performance benefited children afflicted with or affected by HIV.  The Young Ambassadors represent Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA) which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

       Member of Young Ambassadors plays with children affected by HIV

Enthusiastic audience response from the Young Ambassadors’ performance at  ProMusica in Roodeport:

“The show is good, my daughter was singing along.” (Kai Bester)

“I thought that the show was a breath of fresh air. There was a lot of energy and happiness. The theme was fantastic and they entertained us modestly. That stood out to me in a big way. It was uplifting, we felt the Spirit of God, that what was said is true. One could forget life’s troubles and be uplifted” (Bishop Paul Levy, Ruimsig Ward, Roodeport Stake)

“Awesome, it was polished, the singers were amazing. We are hosting some of the performers and you would not realise that there is so much talent when we drove them.”  (Beven Turner, Ruimsig Ward, Roodeport Stake)

“It was a brilliant show and so uplifting. It’s wonderful to see people dressed modestly and having fun. They danced and did not run out of breath.” (Denise Butterfield, Roodeport Stake)