Soweto Gospel Choir
South Africa’s Most Heavenly Voices
A celebration of life and in honour of Nelson Mandela
Andrew Kay is delighted to announce that the highly acclaimed Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will tour 48 cities across Australia from June 2014.
Since its formation in 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world. In their native South Africa, Soweto Gospel Choir have on many occasions performed for, and celebrated with, two of their biggest fans, their Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the father of their nation, Nelson Mandela.
Following the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, the choir has been honored to participate in services around the world celebrating and commemorating his life. These have included the televised memorial Service held in Soweto attended by President Obama and World leaders, a memorial for the Mandela Foundation in New York with President Clinton and Morgan Freeman, and most recently, at Westminster Abbey as part of the Queen’s service attended by President Zuma and Archbishop Tutu.
In recognition of the passing of such a towering figure as Nelson Mandela, Soweto Gospel Choir dedicate their Australian concerts to his memory and will include a section dedicated to freedom songs and some of Madiba’s favourite hymns.
Formed in November of 2002, by Andrew Kay, David Vigo and Clifford Hocking, in association with Executive Producer/Director Beverly Bryer and Musical Director the late David Mulovhedzi, Soweto Gospel Choir have won plaudits internationally including winning the 2001 Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award for “Best Contemporary Music Concert”, the American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir”, the Gospel Music Award (also US based) for “Best International Choir”, and locally in South Africa, their debut CD “Voices From Heaven” was nominated for a South African Music Awards (SAMA) for “Best Traditional Gospel”.
They have collaborated, recorded and performed with artists including Bono and U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Josh Grobin as well as Andre Rieu.
But it all started in Australia in 2003 with their first ever-ticketed performance at the Frankston Arts Centre. The streets of Soweto to the streets of Frankston felt like a long journey 11 years ago. And it was. Since that day, Soweto Gospel Choir has gone from completely unknown to being heralded around the world as one of the great vocal ensembles.