"The costumes were brilliant, the songs powerful, the sound heavenly, and the dancing exuberant." --Classical Voice
Since its formation in 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. In their native South Africa, Soweto Gospel Choir has on many occasions performed for, and celebrated with, two of their biggest fans: their patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the father of their Nation, Nelson Mandela.
Following the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, the choir has been honored to participate in services around the world celebrating and commemorating his life. These have included the televised memorial Service held in Soweto attended by President Obama and world leaders, a memorial for the Mandela Foundation in New York with President Clinton and Morgan Freeman, and most recently, at Westminster Abbey as part of the Queen’s service attended by President Zuma and Archbishop Tutu.
Formed in November of 2002, by Andrew Kay, David Vigo, and Clifford Hocking, in association with Executive Producer/Director Beverly Bryer and Musical Director the late David Mulovhedzi, Soweto Gospel Choir has won plaudits internationally including winning the 2001 Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award for “Best Contemporary Music Concert,” the American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir,” the Gospel Music Award (also US based) for “Best International Choir,” and locally in South Africa, their debut CD Voices From Heaven was nominated for a South African Music Awards (SAMA) for “Best Traditional Gospel.” In 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir received a Grammy Award for their CD "Blessed."
Join us before the concert at 6:30pm for Grace Notes, a pre-concert conversation, hosted by Dr. Johann Buis.
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