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22 août 2007

Coming home: The Soweto Gospel Choir

The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir is to perform their first national tour in September.

From Europe to the United Kingdom and Asia, Australia to Canada and the United States of America, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to wow audiences across the globe. In September 2007, this multi international and Grammy-Award winning choir returns home for their first national tour of South Africa. The tour begins in Cape Town on 8 September, followed by performances in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, ending with three performances in Durban at the Playhouse.

The choir will be debuting their new show African Spirit with the theme of “a spiritual journey, performed with true African Spirit”. The repertoire will include songs that deal with the many different aspects of the human spirit, whether the religious spirit (gospel), the spirit of love for another human being (Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Remember You”), the spirit of living together as one nation (“World In Union”) or just the spiritual love of life.

The South African world music sensations have had a remarkable 2007. They did us proud by winning the 2007 Grammy Award for their CD Blessed in the “Best Traditional World Music” category; they followed this with a SAMA Award for “Best Live DVD” for Blessed; they were nominated for the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards held in Harlem in May this year and they released their highly anticipated 3rd CD African Spirit.

Since Soweto Gospel Choir’s introduction to the world four and a half years ago, this amazing choir has amassed a growing international fan-base. The choir has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’, has performed for Bill Clinton, has sold out concerts throughout the world and has sung alongside icons such as Bono, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Diana Ross, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff and Bebe Waynans. They’ve recorded with Robert Plant and recently were the support act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Germany.

The experience of hearing and seeing Soweto Gospel Choir live is like none other. Their emotionally rich vocal performances, athletic dance numbers and spectacularly coloured garb engage all of your senses.

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