Witness Reporter
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15 Jul 2022
13:21

WATCH | KZN’s Drakensberg Boys Choir releases catchy rendition of the Butter hit by BTS

Witness Reporter

While the Drakensberg Boys Choir are known predominantly for singing classical music, the school said they have always embraced the contemporary music of the time.

Drakensberg Boys Choir music video shoot for Butter at the Whale Bone Pier in Umhlanga.

The world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir (DBC) on Friday dropped their newest single, a catchy take on the Butter hit by the global sensation BTS.

The single is accompanied by a music video filmed on location on the scenic Whale Bone Pier in Umhlanga, Durban.

While the Drakensberg Boys Choir are known predominantly for singing classical music, the school said they have always embraced the contemporary music of the time, dating back to the 80’s.

“Over the past two years there has been an upward drive to make another shift towards bringing the choir into a modern space.

“This rendition of the worldwide hit Butter was a fun idea of how they can take a very well-known pop song – with over 780 million views of their music video to date – and make it relevant to a choir, but also have some fun with the choreography,” said the school in a statement.

As the original song wasn’t arranged for choir but for the South Korean Boy Band, the school said they put choir parts in with flowing melodies that complement the lead line.

They wanted to showcase the different talents of the boys and didn’t shy away from the rap section. They also added Zulu over the original melody to bring out the African flavour that the DBC is known for.

“Sticking quite close to the original production of the song, some new elements were added to make it unique to the DBC. The saxophone solo at the end of the original was replaced with a guitar solo. Vocally the song is very different from the original,” said the school.

Overall, the production still causes you to bob your head, but there is enough different in it to peak your interest and make you listen closely.