Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir Cancels North American Tour including Nov. 17th date at the Keith-Albee‏

Updated 2 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON, WV- Recently there has been many news stories about civil unrest over tuition & fees at universities in South Africa. The FEESMUSTFALL movement has effectively closed down the majority of South African universities and has caused infrastructural damage in the millions.

At Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University classes have been called off for four weeks, forcing the cancelation of their North American tour, including the show scheduled on November 17, 2016 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Although the University fortunately has not sustained property damage or any injuries during the unrest, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir has been adversely impacted as a choir, including the students, who need to successfully complete their academic year. 

“We are disappointed that the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir will be unable to perform as part of our 80th season, but are glad all students are safe. We have good news for you,” said Penny Watkins, Executive Director for the Marshall Artists Series. “Acclaimed a cappella super group Naturally 7 will take their place on the same evening.”


Naturally 7 are true crowd-pleasers. They have many famous fans, notably music superstar Michael Bublé,  who not only has featured Naturally 7 as special guests on multiple world tours, but also has recorded three duets with him. They have made appearances on TV shows such as Ellen and The Today Show to name a few. Just this spring, Naturally 7 performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and they were featured guests of Diana Ross at her two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in July. 


Known for their rich harmonies and an unbelievable ability to replicate the sound of an orchestra’s worth of instruments, This seven-man group of musicians use no other instruments than their mouths to create amazing sounds. Its members have perfected an intriguing a cappella style they’ve branded as “Vocal Play”—singing as instruments. In its quest to celebrate the voice, Naturally 7 not only sings but also creates every backing instrument heard on its songs. We’re talking drums, bass, guitars, horns, flutes ... even down to turntables.  It’s exciting to watch!


Earlier this year, Naturally 7 teamed up with Jewish a capella group The Maccabeats to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy with a performance of James Taylor’s Shed A Little Light“ on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial.  By combining incredible vocals and two distinct singing styles with one inspiring message, they were able to prove that Dr. King’s legacy is still very much alive. 


All tickets for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir show will be honored on November 17, 2016 at the Naturally 7 performance.  For more information contact the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.


Tickets for Naturally 7 are $68.20/$52.15/$36.10/$26.47. For tickets contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.


Naturally 7 is sponsored by The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, WV Department of Education, WV Department of Education and the Arts – Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary, African-American Students Programs at Marshall University, Marsha Slater – State Farm Insurance, Dr. Stephen Nicholas, Marshall Orthopaedics, The Glick Foundation, KEE 100, WVHU, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch and Marshall University.

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