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
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
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
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
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