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Soweto Gospel Choir in Edinburgh Festival




SOWETO Gospel Choir is once again exhibiting their exclusive African acapella style at the Edinburgh Festival. Their harmonies, drumming, dancing and choral strength have become a huge part of the festival which they debuted in 2003.

The Edinburgh Festival opens the two-time Grammy winners’ UK tour for this autumn. The festival which began on the 6th of August will end on the 31st of August. Soweto Gospel Choir brought their new concert show, Soweto Gospel Choir In Concert, to the festival. This same concert show will be seen through 27 towns across the UK as they tour from the 3rd of September to the 10th of October.

Soweto Gospel Choir In Concert features some of the group’s old favourites such as ‘This Little Light Of Mine’ and ‘Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)’ and a number of new songs, including their own version of the Andrea Crouch classic ‘Oh! It’s Jesus’. And, all tracks from their new album ‘Grace’ (released in June).

With a repertoire of world, gospel and spiritual classics sung in English, Zulu, Xhosa, Venda, Afrikaans and Sotho, the 24 inspirational singers, drummers and dancers of Soweto Gospel Choir deliver an uplifting and moving show that effortlessly shifts gear between driving drums and dances to the sublime beauty of African acapella harmonies.

Since their visit to the UK last year, it has been a busy 12 months for the Choir. They received their third Grammy Award nomination in December 2008 for Best Contemporary World Music for their album Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre. In February 2009 the Choir became the first South African group to perform at the Academy Awards, when they sang ‘Down To Earth’, the Gabriel/Newman Oscarnominated song, with John Legend. In March 2009 they were nominated for three SAMAs (South African Music Awards), for their CD and DVD, Live At the Nelson Mandela Theatre, winning the Award for Best Duo or Group. On 9 May 2009 the Choir had the honour of performing at the Inauguration of South Africa’s new President Jacob Zuma. On July 18 2009 the Choir were part of a stellar line-up in New York, alongside Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Black Eye Peas’ Will I. Am and Queen Latifah amongst others to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday.

Formed only in November 2002, by p r o m o t e r s / p r e s e n t e r s Andrew Kay, David Vigo and Clifford Hocking in association with Executive Producer/Director Beverly Bryer and Musical Director David Mulovhedzi, the Choir was an overnight, multi award-winning sensation across the world. Their UK premiere was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003.
 

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