Soweto Gospel Choir
‘…literally takes the breath away’ The Scotsmen
Under the direction of Executive Producer / Director Beverly Bryer and Founding Musical Director David Mulovhedzi, Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa and performs in six different languages, including English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho.
Since its first international performances in Australia in 2003, Soweto Gospel Choir has become a worldwide phenomenon performing sell-out concerts at the world’s greatest concert halls. In 2008, Soweto Gospel Choir will embark on major tours of the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands as well as its fourth tour of the USA.
In its short but spectacular career, Soweto Gospel Choir has sung alongside superstars including Bono, Queen, Annie Lennox, Diana Ross, Jimmy Cliff and Celine Dion, shared top billing in Paris with South African legend, Johnny Clegg, was the support act to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Germany and recorded with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant for the Fats Domino tribute album “Going Home”.
The choir has sung on numerous occasions for the father of democracy in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was the guest stars at Oprah’s famous 2007 New Years party at Sun City, performed for Former US President Bill Clinton and sang Happy Birthday to its beloved Patron, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
In 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir won its first Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album (for its second album ‘Blessed’) and won its second for the same category in the 2008 Grammy Awards (for its third album ‘African Spirit’). Soweto Gospel Choir has also won the Best Gospel Choir Award at the 2005 American Gospel Music Awards and the 2003 Australian Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Concert Presentation
Apart from unforgettable performances, members of Soweto Gospel Choir seek to show gratitude for their own good fortune, by contributing to the lives of Aids Orphans back home in South Africa. In 2004 Soweto Gospel Choir set up its own Charity Foundation in association with the established Aids Charity, Nkosi’s Haven, named after late AIDS activist, 12 year old, Nkosi Johnson. Called Nkosi’s HavenVukani (meaning to arise, do something!) Soweto Gospel Choir, at the conclusion of each performance, invite audiences to donate with funds going to the many AIDS Orphans Establishments which receive no government or private funding with 100% of the funds collected through concert donations going direct to the charity. To date, Soweto Gospel Choir have raised almost US$1 million from audience donations and last year fed, clothed and housed over 600 orphans.