Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir set to thrill on nationwide tour

Soweto Gospel Choir in action during media event at the  Civic's Nelson Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein. PIC: ROBERT BOTHA. 15/3/06. © BUSINESS DAY.

FM. 16/2/07. PG 22. Soweto Gospel Choir.

SMOOTH SOUNDS: The Soweto Gospel Choir in action at the Johannesburg Civic Centre's Nelson  Mandela Theatre. 31/08/07. pg 10. Sow.
Soweto Gospel Choir in action during media event at the Civic's Nelson Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein. PIC: ROBERT BOTHA. 15/3/06. © BUSINESS DAY. FM. 16/2/07. PG 22. Soweto Gospel Choir. SMOOTH SOUNDS: The Soweto Gospel Choir in action at the Johannesburg Civic Centre's Nelson Mandela Theatre. 31/08/07. pg 10. Sow.

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is embarking on a countrywide tour and Durban audiences will have a chance to see them next month.

The group has already thrilled audiences in Europe, Britain, Asia, Australia, Canada and the US.

The national tour begins in Cape Town on September 8, followed by performances in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, and ending with three performances in Durban.

Audiences in KwaZulu-Natal can experience the superb, inspiring voices of the choir - one of South Africa's most treasured assets - on September 28 at 8pm. There will also be two shows on September 28. The choir will debut 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 as in gospel, or the spirit of love for another human being, as in Bob Dylan's I'll Remember You, the spirit of living together as one nation, as in World In Union, or just the spiritual love of life.

The group did the country proud by winning the 2007 Grammy Award for their CD Blessed in the Best Traditional World Music category. They followed this up with a Sama Award for Best Live DVD for Blessed.

The Soweto Gospel Choir were nominated for the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards held in Harlem in New York in May. And to the great delight of their fans, the group also released their highly anticipated third CD, African Spirit.

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