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Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The 26 strong choir, under the direction of David Mulovhedzi and beverly Brye draws on the top talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The Scotsman Newspaper exclaimed in its review "Nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion." Soweto Gospel Choir draws from the churches and communities in and around South Africa's most famous township. It mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa. African gospel originated as a blend of traditional music rooted in song and percussion combined with the influence of 19th century missionary music. From this a new and exciting style of music evolved - African Gospel, celebrating all facets of daily life.

Soweto Gospel Choir through their own charity Vukani raises awareness and funds to support AIDS Orphans. In Edinburgh last year audiences raised $15,000 through collections at the end of each show. This enabled food and essential products to be bought, giving hope and support to communities back in Soweto and surrounding townships. The UK Tour will raise funds for AIDS Orphans. One of the proudest moments in the choir's short history was taking part in Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert in November 2003. Soweto Gospel Choir performed alongside Bono, the Eurythmics, Anastacia, Peter Gabriel and Queen to name a few. Mr Mandela had bought them all together to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Discography

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Emarabini

Soweto Gospel Choir : Grace

Review: On its fifth album for Shanachie, the Soweto Gospel Choir expands its musical reach outside its homeland and even the church, and in turn offers musical examples of the various meanings of the word "grace." On this 19-track collection, the group sticks close to its traditions on most songs, writing and performing original ones, as well as interpreting many traditional ones in their unique way in six of South Africa's official languages. In addition, they reach into the secular world with a radical reinterpretation of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that lends the song a far deeper, wider-ranging shade of meaning.

Songlist: Kae Le Kae, Emarabini, Mangisondele Nkosi Yam, Eli, O'Nkosi Yam, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Muphulusi, Ndikhokhele, Put Your Hand Medley, Umoya We Nkosi, Ngahlulele, Voices On the Wind, Ingoma, Oh! It is Jesus, Prayer for South Africa, Jerusalem, Ave Maria, Calvary, Grace

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9936c | 00 1 CD | $16.95 | Some a cappellaAfrican Choral


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Seteng Sediba

Soweto Gospel Choir : Live at the Nelson Mandela Theater

Review: This multitalented group has exploded onto the world music scene, wowing audiences with its virtuosity and passion. Drawn primarily from the churches and communities of South Africa's most famous township, the choir mixes earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, drumming, dancing, and irrepressible charisma for an experience that lifts the soul and stuns the senses. Filmed live in concert on their Australian tour, they sing a blend of traditional gospel and contemporary standards in English as well as some of the 10 other official languages of South Africa. Constantly in motion and dressed in vibrantly colored robes and textiles, with one superb soloist after another taking the lead, they offer up such highlights as "Asimbonanga," Jonny Clegg's tribute to Nelson Mandela; Peter Gabriel's "Biko"; "Mbube," the South African song that became "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"; the traditional ballad "I Bid You Goodnight"; Bob Marley's classic "One Love"; and Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika, the South African National Anthem.

Songlist: Jesu Ngowtthu, Seteng Sediba, Izwi Lahlab Inhliziyo Yami, Ke Na Le Modisa, Ziyamazi'umelusi, One Love, River Jordan, This Little Light of Mine, If You Ever Needed The Lord, Kammatia, I'll Remember You, Jerusalem, Woza Moyam, Hakeleje, Table Music, Woza Meli Wami, Amazing Grace, Bayete, World in Union, Sisazoyivuma Le Ngoma

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9929c | 00 1 CD | $17.95 African Choral


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Seteng Sediba

Soweto Gospel Choir : Live at the Nelson Mandela Theater

Review: In their five-year existence, the Soweto Gospel Choir has become a world-wide sensation, winning two Grammy Awards and selling out concert halls around the world. This DVD captures all the spontaneity and infectious spirit that makes their live appearances an unforgettable experience. This multitalented group has exploded onto the world music scene, wowing audiences with its virtuosity and passion. Drawn primarily from the churches and communities of South Africa's most famous township, the choir mixes earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, drumming, dancing, and irrepressible charisma for an experience that lifts the soul and stuns the senses. Filmed live in concert on their Australian tour, they sing a blend of traditional gospel and contemporary standards in English as well as some of the 10 other official languages of South Africa. Constantly in motion and dressed in vibrantly colored robes and textiles, with one superb soloist after another taking the lead, they offer up such highlights as "Asimbonanga," Jonny Clegg's tribute to Nelson Mandela; Peter Gabriel's "Biko"; "Mbube," the South African song that became "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"; the traditional ballad "I Bid You Goodnight"; Bob Marley's classic "One Love"; and Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika, the South African National Anthem.

Songlist: Jesu Ngowtthu, Seteng Sediba, Izwi Lahlab Inhliziyo Yami, Ke Na Le Modisa, Ziyamazi'umelusi, One Love, River Jordan, This Little Light of Mine, If You Ever Needed The Lord, Kammatia, I'll Remember You, Jerusalem, Woza Moyam, Hakeleje, Table Music, Woza Meli Wami, Amazing Grace, Bayete, World in Union, Sisazoyivuma Le Ngoma

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9929d | DVD | $19.95 Gospel DVDs


Soweto Gospel Choir : African Spirit

Review: South Africa's 26-strong, mixed-voice Soweto Gospel Choir draws their talented singers from the churches and communities around Soweto. Their exuberant sound is a blend of traditional music rooted in song and percussion, combined with the influence of 19th century missionary music, called African Gospel. The Choir continually tours the world to standing ovations and sold-out concerts, and has performed with artists from Bono, Peter Gabriel and Queen to Diana Ross, Jimmy Cliff and Johnny Clegg. They are famous for their bright costumes and spirited live performances, and for their fundraisers to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 18 songs, some accompanied, are here. Traditional tunes "Setend Sediba," "Ke Na Le Modisa," "Izwi Lahlab'Inhiziyo Yami," "Africa," "Sefapano," "Modimo," "Somlandela" and "Shosholoza" are very fine, as is "Avulekile Amasango/Bob Marley's "One Love" medley, Bono's "One," Dylan's "I'll Remember You" and "Forever Young," and "Sitting in Limbo/This Little Light of Mine/M'Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni/If You Ever Needed the Lord" medley. Every cut on "Spirit" is a joy, as is looking at the pictures of these beautiful, powerful singers!

Songlist: Seteng Sediba, Avulekile Amasango/One Love, I'll Remember You, Ke Na le Modisa, Akahlulwa Lutho, Sitting in Limbo/This Little Light of Mine/M'Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni, Izwi Lahlab'inhiziyo Yami, Africa, One, Hlohonolofatsa, Hosanna, Sefapano, By the Rivers of Babylon, Modimo, Balm of Gilead, Forever Young, Somlandela, Shosholoza, World in Union

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9895c | 00 1 CD | $16.95 | Some a cappellaAfrican Choral


Soweto Gospel Choir : Blessed

Review: Soweto Gospel Choir is the most successful and exciting vocal group to emerge from South Africa Since Ladysmith Black Mambazo. "Blessed", a follow up to their number 1 Billboard World Charts debut album "Voices From Heaven," takes their irresistible blend of traditional South African music, gospel and inspirational pop one step further. With some awe-inspiring South African hymns and great versions of such classics as "Oh Happy Day," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Khumbaya." The Soweto Gospel Choir with their intricate harmonies and soulful singing will beckon all to reclaim their spirit.

Songlist: Shewane, Asimbonanga/Biko, Jiko Yahao, A Place In Heaven, Njalo, I Bid You Goodnight, LeLilungelo Ngelakho, Oh Happy Day, Noyana, Masigiyae'bo, Swing Down, Weeping, Thapelo, Woza Meli Wami, Mbube, Tshepa Thapelo, Khumbaya, South African National Anthem

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9873c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappellaAfrican Choral


Soweto Gospel Choir : Blessed - Live in Concert

Review: This Multitalented group has exploded onto the world music scene, wowing audiences with its virtuosity and passion. Drown primarily from the churches and communities of South Africa's most famous township, the choir mixes earthly rhythms, rich harmonies, drumming dancing, and irrepressible charisma for an experience that lifts the soul and stuns the senses. Filmed live in concert on their 2005 Australian tour, they sing a blend of traditional gospel and contemporary standards in English as well as some of the 10 other official languages of South Africa. Constantly in motion and dressedin vibrantly colored robes and textiles, with one supberb

Songlist: Oluwa, Thina Simnquobile, Joko Yahao, Noyano, Thapelo, Masigye'Bo, Asimbonanga/Biko, Avulekile Amasango / One Love, Lelilungelo Ngelakho, Weeping, Ahuna Ya Tswanang Le Jesu / Kammatla, Mbube, Sitheng Sediba, Ngingowakho, Tshepa Thapelo, Mudimo, Woza Meli Wami, I Bid You oodnight, Khumbaya, Swing Down, Holy City / Bayete, Mama Tembu's Wedding, Nkosi Sikelel'Afrika, Oh Happy Day

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3061d | DVD | $19.98 | Some a cappellaGospel DVDs


Soweto Gospel Choir : Voices From Heaven

Review: The 25 mixed-voice Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many churches and communities in and around Soweto, and is truly an "all-star" Gospel ensemble. Like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the SGC has strong roots in traditional music and celebrates the vitality of South Africa with its powerful spiritual message. They've achieved breakthrough success in Europe (two sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall!), Africa and Australia, and their sellout runs in 2003 and 2004 were the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "Voices" is the SGC's debut recording, and it includes an irresistible mix of traditional South African secular and gospel songs, American gospel material such as "Amazing Grace," and stirring inspirational tunes such as "Many Rivers to Cross," sung in English as well as Zulu. Some tracks are breathtaking a cappella, while others are upbeat tracks with instrumental backing. A massive tour of the US is accompanying the launch of "Voices" in early 2005, most notably Carnegie Hall in NYC, Sanders Theatre in Boston and the Robert Frost Center in Atlanta. "Voices" is an impressive, powerful, joyous debut CD for the Soweto Gospel Choir!

Songlist: Jikela Emaweni, Vuma, Thina Simnqobile, Zanele, Paradise Road, Ahuna Ya Yswanag Le Jesu/Kammatia, Many Rivers to Cross/Going Down Jordan/Amen (Medley), Amazing Grace, Thula Baba, Sikulandile, Malaika, Hlanganani, Bayete, Jerusalem, Holy City/Bayete (Medley), African Dream

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9862c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappellaAfrican Choral

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