Papaya is a Danish choir dedicated to bringing mainly South African vocal music traditions to their Europe-based audience.
The Danish choir presents the music with vivacity and musical intensity, all focused around the proud South African tradition of finding strength, courage, and companionship through music.
The choir always makes a great effort to understand where the songs come from and their original context. This is conveyed at concerts so that it’s not only songs but stories of culture, hardship and togetherness that’s being presented.
Approximately every three years the Papaya Choir goes on an inspirational tour to South Africa, the country of their passion, and meets and sings with local counterparts.
The choir is conducted by Astrid Vang-Pedersen, and in addition to her, it consists of 18 people with a passion for South African music. The choir has brought vibrant African vocal music to Western ears since 1986.