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The Mzansi Youth Choir Amazingly Transformed Rema and Selena Gomez's Hit "Calm Down"

The America's Got Talent Season 18 Finalists put a fresh take on the hit tune. 

By Jackie Manno

America's Got Talent Season 18 finalists Mzansi Youth Choir collaborated with Grammy winning South African composer and producer Wouter Kellerman for an reimagined cover of one of the biggest hits of 2022: "Calm Down" by Rema and Selena Gomez. 

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During their totally revamped rendition, they broke out in soulful harmonies while a gorgeous flute accompanied them. 

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What to know about "Calm Down" by Rema and Selena Gomez

Originally recorded by Rema for his 2022 debut studio album Rave & Roses, the remix featuring Selena Gomez reached the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. 

“The success of ‘Calm Down’ highlighted several crucial lessons: Solid partnerships, a competent team and an artist aligned with the vision are indispensable for global success, while the ability to adapt and capitalize on every opportunity, as well as maintaining momentum, emerged as key strategies,” Tega Oghenejobo, COO of Rema's record label Mavin Records, told Billboard in 2023. “And collaborations, exemplified by Rema and Selena Gomez, underscore the potential for unexpected pairings to achieve remarkable results.”

The lyrics to "Calm Down" by Rema and Selena Gomez

Baby, calm down, calm down
Girl, this your body put in my heart for lockdown,
Girl, you sweet like Fanta
If I tell you say, "I love you", you no dey form yanga
Baby, come gimme your love
You got me like woah
Shawty, come gimme your love

I see this fine girl, for my party, she wear yellow
Every other girl they they do too much, but this girl mellow
I find situation, I go use take tell am "Hello"
Finally, I find way to talk to the girl, but she no wan' follow
Who you come dey form for? 
Why you no wan' conform? 
Then I start to feel her bum-bum
But she dey gimme small
I know say shе sabi pass that one, one 
But she feeling insеcure
'Cause her friends go dey gum her like chewing gum
Go dey gum her like chewing gum

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A split of Rema, Selena Gomez and The Mzansi Choir

Yeah, I know I look shy but for you I get down
And my hips make you cry when I'm moving around you 
Do it once, do it twice 
I push back, you hold me tight
Get a taste for a night

Baby, show me you can calm down, calm down
Dance with me and take the lead now, lead now
Got you so high that you can't come down, come down
Don't you ask, you know you're allowed, allowed
When it's you, I can't say no
Baby, give me love

As I reach my house, I say make a rest small
As me I wake up na she dey my mind
Day one, day two-wo, I no fit foccus
Na so me I call am, say "Make we link up"
Got my hand on your heart, now, I can feel it race
If I leave then you say you can never love again
Wanna give you it all but can't promise that I'll stay
And that's the risk you take 

Baby, calm down, calm down
Girl, this your body put in my heart for lockdown
Girl, you sweet like Fanta
If I tell you say, "I love you", you no dey form yanga
No tell me no, no, no, no, woah, woah, woah, woah
Baby, come gimme your love
You got me like woah
Shawty, come gimme your love 

Your love