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Edinburgh in focus - The Soweto Gospel Choir

Preview by Paul Nelson

DIRECT from South Africa, the 25-strong Soweto Gospel Choir perform an inspirational programme of a capella and African gospel in their first ever tour to the United Kingdom.

Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies and charismatic performances combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes for the future.

Under the direction of notable choirmaster, David Mulovhedzi, the Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many churches and communities in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.

As well as the traditional African gospel, the Voices From Heaven programme includes Amazing Grace, Paradise Road and music by Otis Redding and the soul-styled reggae of Jimmy Cliff.

The concert also features traditional dancers and drummers, and members of the acclaimed Holy Jerusalem Choir.

On its recently completed 31-date concert tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Soweto Gospel Choir played to a total audience in excess of 30,000 people, with standing ovations at every performance, winning the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Concert Performance.

South African gospel music is indeed unique. It has strong roots in traditional music and conveys a powerful spiritual message. The Soweto Gospel Choir carries forward this rich heritage, celebrating the spirit of South Africa.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is planning a European tour later in the year, which includes dates in the UK.

ICA presents Soweto Gospel Choir Voices From Heaven
At St George's West Church, Edinburgh August 1 to 25.
Aug 1 to 2 at 2.30pm; Aug 3-25 at 6.30pm; Matinees on Aug 9, 16, 23 and 25 at 12noon
No performance on August 10
Box Office: 0131 225 7048

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