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Soweto Gospel Choir New Album Release “Freedom” September 14th

 July 16, 2018

By  ExoticDJ

The celebrated Choir that has collaborated with Bono and U2, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Pharrell Williams, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder & Kirk Franklin among others, kicks off  its Blockbuster US Tour In October

Soweto Gospel Choir’s universal message of love, unity and hope, along with its captivating melodic and harmonic wonder, mesmerizing showmanship and awe-inspiring performances, has made believers of millions of fans around the world. Since the Choir emerged on the global music scene in 2002, it has received the kind of accolades most groups only dream of. The acclaimed South African World Music sensations has earned two Grammy Awards, scored two #1 Billboard World Music Chart albums and has earned the distinction as the only South African music act to ever perform at the Oscars. Its effortless, divine talent and beauty has afforded it the opportunity to either record or perform with such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Pharrell Williams, Aretha Franklin and Kirk Franklin, among many others. Not many artists can count as their supporters the likes of the late Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (the official patron of the Choir) and the current President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.  On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its highly anticipated sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a riveting collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The depth of the scope of the music on Freedom speaks to Soweto Gospel Choir’s extraordinary range and ability to take anything and make it uniquely its own while delivering it in the exhilarating and joyous fashion they have come to be celebrated for.  It is fitting that this new recording falls on Nelson Mandela’s Centennial. Soweto Gospel Choir Music Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse shares, “The significance of Nelson Mandela’s 100th commemoration to South Africans is, firstly and foremost a reminder of the role played by Nelson Mandela in moving South Africa from a position of being an undemocratic, oppressive society to one of a peaceful co-existence for all racial groups.  Mandela represents love, peace, forgiveness and strength to the choir. He is a symbol of inspiration to the Choir.”
Soweto Gospel Choir sings in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages on Freedom but mostly in Zulu or Sotho, as well as English. The Choir’s first single is “Umbombela,” which means “train song,” is a composition that speaks of the travails experienced by black South Africans during the apartheid era, when migrant workers were forced to travel long distances away from their families in order to meet the harsh economic and political demands made by the government.

On October 4, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will kick off a blockbuster US tour.  Anyone who has had the good fortune to attend a Soweto Gospel Choir concert knows what a moving experience it can be. Its inspirational performances transcend race, religion and age. The Choir is known to leave their diverse audiences in tears, dancing in the aisles and standing in praise and ovation.

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