Out of the darkness comes a new dawn. In their HOPE concert, which commemorates and remembers South Africa’s freedom movement and the civil rights movement in the US, three-time Grammy Award®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy and inspiration to all. Expect an unforgettable performance, starting with some of the South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation then moving to beautiful and heartfelt renditions of the music of the civil rights movement, featuring works by legendary artists like Billy Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, and the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.
Hailing from Soweto (South West Township), a town outside of Johannesburg and home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s democratic movement, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics.
Comprising a line-up of some of South Africa’s best vocalists, these uplifting performers have shared the stage and collaborated with the biggest names in contemporary music including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, U2, Diana Ross, Peter Gabriel, Chris Martin, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, Angelique Kidjo, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hugh Masekela and Josh Groban.
Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2003 at the end of the Apartheid era and during South Africa’s inspiring return to Democracy. Taking part in some of the major historical events in the new democratic South Africa, Soweto Gospel Choir performed on many occasions for former President Nelson Mandela, and, sadly, for his state funeral in South Africa and commemorative service at Westminster Abbey in London. They were similarly invited to perform at the funeral service for Winnie Mandela. The Choir’s patron is human rights activist and Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Soweto Gospel Choir is proud to act as Ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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