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Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002 by promoters/presenters Andrew Kay, David Vigo and Clifford Hocking, in association with Executive Producer/Director Beverly Bryer and Musical Director David Mulovhedzi, Soweto Gospel Choir’s five year existence has become an overnight, multi award-winning sensation. In December, 2002 their first album “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US.

Josh Groban at Sun Sun City 2011

In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for “Best Contemporary Music Concert”. This success was followed when they won a 2003 American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir”

In the same year, they won an American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”

In December 2006 they performed at Sun City, South Africa, for Oprah Winfrey and 200 of her V.I.P. guests, including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Sydney Poitier and Quincy Jones

On 11 February 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir received its greatest accolade, a Grammy Award for their second CD “Blessed”, in the category “Best Traditional World Music”

To add to their string of national and international awards, in November 2007 Soweto Gospel Choir won a Metro FM Music Award for Best Gospel Album for “African Spirit”, based on nominations submitted by the radio station’s listeners, and the public

In February 2008, the choir was awarded a second Grammy Award for their third album “African Spirit”, in the “Best Traditional World Music” category

Also in February 2008, the choir was honoured with the PanSALB Award for Multilingualism and Nation Building, for “Album of the Decade”. The choir has had the honour of performing with gospel legends Bebe Winans and Kirk Franklin

Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in December 2008, this time in the category Best Contemporary World Music, for their album, “Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre”. In May 2009, the choir was invited to perform at the Inauguration of South Africa’s new President

In April 2010, Soweto Gospel Choir was honoured with the inaugural International Achievement Award, at the South African Music Awards held at Sun City. Also in April, the choir was invited to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 World Trade Expo, held in Shanghai, as the African representative.

Soweto Gospel Choir perfoming at the FIFA World Cup Celebration

They can then add an Emmy to their two Grammys, three ‘associated ‘Grammys, three SAMAS and one Oscar nomination – an amazing achievement.They performed at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert in Soweto, the night before the the opening of the World Cup in June, with an international and African line-up including the Black-Eyed Peas, Shakira, Angelique Kidjo and John Legend.

In December 2010, Soweto Gospel Choir received its fourth Grammy nomination, in  the Best Traditional World Music category, for its album “Grace”. The choir was featured alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the song “Baba Yetu” and on the album “Calling All Dawns”, both of which won Grammys in February 2011

Soweto Gospel Choir perfoming for Desmont Tutu on his Birthday

In July 2011, eighteen choir members performed six concerts in Maastricht, Holland, with top selling classical violinist, Andre Rieu. They joined the Harlem Gospel Choir on stage as a first time collaboration between these world famous choirs.

Soweto Gospel Choir joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his guests for his 80th birthday celebrations, held in Cape Town in October. They performed at the launch of his new book, and backed Bono on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, as a surprise for the Arch. They also sang with other artists at both the cathedral service and the private luncheon for their patron. Bono described them as “brilliant”!

 

In November, the choir was given the honour by Clarence House, of welcoming Prince Charles and Camilla, to Soweto, during their royal visit of South Africa.

In June 2012, Soweto Gospel Choir was invited by South African sensation Zahara, to perform with her and special guest Leroy Bell as part of two sold out concerts that were filmed for her forthcoming dvd.

In December, Soweto Gospel Choir was nominated for its second Kora (All Africa) Award

In January 2012, Soweto Gospel Choir performed with other top local artists such as Zahara, Judith Sephuma, AKA, Vusi Mahlasela and Dorothy Masuka as part of the ANC Centenary Concert held in Blomefontein.

Soweto Gospel Choir has founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, to assist organisations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected over R4million for their foundation.  In South Africa, the choir performs for a variety of charitable organisations.

Voices From Heaven

Released:

Soweto Gospel Choir-Voices From Heaven

 

Tracklist

1. Jikela Emaweni

2. Vuma

3. Thina Simnqobile

4. Zanele

5. Paradise Road

6. Ahona Ya Tswanang Le Jesu / Kammatla

7. Many Rivers To Cross / Going Down Jordan / Amen

8. Amazing Grace

9. Thula Baba

10. Sikulandile

11. Malaika

12. Hlanganani

13. Bayete

14. Jerusalem

15. Holy City / Bayete (Medley)

16. African Dream

Blessed

Released:

Soweto Gospel Choir-Blessed

Tracklist

1. Khumbaya

2. Tshepa Thapelo

3. Thula Mama

4. Hallelujah Hosanna

5. Celebrate

6. Thapelo

7. Noyana

8. Njalo

9. Ngingowakho

10. Swing Down

11. Weeping

12. Woza Meli Wami

13. Asimbonanga / Biko

14. Joko Yahao

15. Masigiye’bo

16. Lelilungelo Ngelakho

17. I Bid You Goodnight

18. Mbube

19. South African National Anthem

20. La Paloma

21. Oh Happy Day

Live At The Nelson Mandela Theater

Released:

Soweto Gospel Choir-Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre

Tracklist

1. Jesu Ngowethu

2. Seteng Sediba

3. Izwi Lahlab’Inhliziyo Yami

4. Ke Na Le Modisa

5. Ziyamazi’umekisi

6. Avulekile Amasango / One Love

7. River Jordan

8. This Little Light of Mine / M’Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni / If You Ever Needed The Lord

9. Ahuna Ya Tswanang Le Jesu / Kammatla

10. I’ll Remember You

11. Jerusalem

12. Woza Moyam

13. Canteen

14. Hakeleje

15. Woza Meli Wami

16. Amazing Grace

17. Bayete

18. Sisazoyivuma Le Ngoma

19. World In Union

African Spirit

Released:

Soweto Gospel Choir-African Spirit

Track List

1. Seteng Sediba

2. Hlohonolofatsa

3. Hosanna

4. Avulekile Amasango

5. Akahhlulwa Lutho

6. Africa

7. I’ll Remember You

8. Sitting In Limbo

9. Izwi Lahlab’Inhliziyo Yami

10. Somlandela

11. Rivers Of Babylon

12. Forever Young

13. Modimo

14. Ke Na Le Modisa

15. One

16. Balm Of Gilead

17. Sefapano

18. Great Is He

19. World In Union

20. Shosholoza

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