Soweto Gospel Choir
Waltons World Masters Series
‘meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular’
– New York Times
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When Monday, 18 November 2013
Where National Concert Hall, Dublin, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, Dublin Conrad Hotel
‘The Soweto Gospel Choir is truly inspirational, but that’s not the reason they deserve five stars. Those are simply for a flawless performance.’
– The Scotsman
‘You don’t have to be a believer to be inspired…’
– Sunday Herald
‘It is a journey that embraces the soul on a number of levels, both spiritual and emotional…’
– Johannesburg Citizen
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, singing in eight different languages – including Zulu, Swazi and Xhosa – as well as English. Their performances are an inspirational mixture of tribal, traditional and popular African and Western gospel. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, charismatic a capella performances and energetic choreography combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa’s great hopes for the future.
Critics agree that the Soweto Gospel Choir is not just for followers of gospel music. The Atlanta Journal Constitutionwrites, ‘Hearing the full choir harmonize sounded less like a couple dozen people singing together and more like a pipe organ roaring to life.’ Of their concert at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times hailed their ‘cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend.’
The Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto. Since they began touring internationally in early 2003 they have performed around the world to nightly standing ovations, sold-out houses and rave reviews. Their mission is to celebrate the unique power of African music and to share the joy of faith through that music with audiences around the world, and they succeed magnificently.