Soweto group rocks with Kelly

SOWETO Spiritual Singers is collaborating with US R&B superstar Robert Kelly on a song that is set to rock the 2010 World Cup.

SOWETO Spiritual Singers is collaborating with US R&B superstar Robert Kelly on a song that is set to rock the 2010 World Cup.

Sources close to the group confirmed the collaboration and the song will be a celebration of South Africa's hosting the biggest soccer tournament.

The sources also confirmed that a studio in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, was booked for five hours last night and the song would be released both locally and internationally ahead of the June 11 kickoff.

R Kelly, who composed the song, has already recorded his part. Soweto Spiritual Singers' contribution will be sent to the US for the final mixing.

The recording company handling the project could not be reached for comment last night.

The 27 member vocal ensemble beat the best local groups.

"Several groups were asked to submit CDs because R Kelly was looking for a South African choir to work with. They are very excited and they did not care that they were given such a short period in which to do this," the source said.

One of the co-founders of the group, Vicky Vilakazi, neither confirmed nor denied that they had been selected to work with R Kelly. Formed in 2007, the group is the brainchild of Vilakazi, Gift Vilakazi-Ledimo, Nkululeko Vilakazi and Thabo Ledimo.

The ensemble has toured Europe extensively. They are scheduled to perform in Slovakia in May and will be heading for Japam im July.

The group will wrap up 2010 in style with a three-month tour of the Netherlands.

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