Tribute to Soweto Gospel Choir great

TWO-TIME Grammy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir members are devastated at the death of their co-founder, David Mulhovhedzi.

TWO-TIME Grammy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir members are devastated at the death of their co-founder, David Mulhovhedzi.

Mulhovhedzi, who is also the globetrotting choir's musical director, succumbed to cancer on Sunday after a short but brave battle against the disease.

"David taught all of us so much, both musically and spiritually, and played an essential role in the success of Soweto Gospel Choir," said Beverly Bryer, executive producer and director of the choir.

"He was a true gentleman, and one of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever had the honour to know, both as a business partner and as a best friend.

"David was a real talent who delivered music that touched not just the hearts of his many fans but also those of us who had the honour of working with him."

National division and production director at Universal Music Dharam Sewraj said: "We share some of the pain in knowing that a South African gospel music great is no longer with us."

Mulhovhedzi leaves behind a legacy of immense contribution to choral music in the country, from managing gospel choir groups such as the Holy Jerusalem Choir and being a pivotal partner in the formation of Soweto Gospel Choir.

Mulhovhedzi's involvement with gospel music spanned most of his life. Soweto Gospel Choir was founded in 2002 and his relentless hard work, dedication and commitment, combined with his musical talents and extensive knowledge of African gospel and traditional music, played a major role in the choir's phenomenal worldwide success that includes two Grammy Awards.

Mulhovhedzi is survived by his wife Naomi, four sons and six grandchildren.

He will be buried next Wednesday at the Doornkop cemetery in Soweto.

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