On 6 December 2007 the Choir’s current album, African Spirit, received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Traditional World Music Album category. The 50th Annual Grammy Award winners will be announced on 10 February 2008.
For the first time the Choir will not only perform a capella in this new show but will also be accompanied by their four piece band and will feature costumes and dance routines not previously seen. Repertoire will include songs that deal with the many different aspects of the human spirit, whether the religious spirit (gospel songs), the spirit of love for another (Bob Dylan’s ‘I’ll Remember You’) or the spirit of living in harmony together (‘World in Union’). Featuring 26 incredible singers, dancers and drummers, AFRICAN SPIRIT is guaranteed to stir your soul and capture the beauty and passion that is Africa.
‘Wonderful … you have never seen or heard such infectious joy’ Brian May
This exciting new show coincides with the new album of the same name, launched earlier this year. The album is a warm and exotic collection of moving traditional South African spiritual music, South African pop, American gospel and popular inspirational songs from around the world.
‘Spectacular’ New York Times
Since their sell-out debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003, Soweto Gospel Choir have won critical acclaim and performed to full houses around the world, sung alongside Bono, Peter Gabriel and Jimmy Cliff and been heralded as the most exciting group to emerge in world music in recent years. This was confirmed when they picked up their 2006 Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album (for their second album ‘Blessed’). As well being support act to the Red Hot Chili Peppers this summer they have recently finished recording with Robert Plant in New Orleans for the Fats Domino tribute album.