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Hummingbird Centre – Soweto Gospel Choir

The Arts2007-11-9By: Classical Staff

by Paula Citron

Soweto Gospel Choir makes joyful noise, and it doesn’t matter what one’s racial or religious background is – at a Soweto Gospel Choir concert, you will want to sing and shout in the aisles.

The choir is relatively new. It was created in 2002 as super choir through audition, and clearly attracted the best singers in Soweto. To be a member, you have to have the perfect pitch of an a cappella singer, be able to execute intricate in sync choreography, perform ritual dances, and even, in some cases, play an instrument.

The 25-member group is absolutely engaging and their musical arrangements are superb. South Africans must be born with music in their bones, and just to hear their close harmony gives one goose bumps.

The show is a mix of traditional and modern songs with the emphasis on praising the Lord, but you will come away from the concert praising Soweto Gospel Choir.

Their final concert is tonight.

From the Hummingbird Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.


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