Soweto Gospel Choir Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in September 2002 to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African Gospel music. Drawing on the very best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, the choir was created to share the joy of faith and tradition through music. Rehearsing in a small garage next to the house of the Choir’s founding Musical Director, the late David Mulovhedzi, the choir has come from the humblest of beginnings, a small building on a dirt road in the backstreets of the township of Soweto through to the internationally renown music phenomenon.
Soweto Gospel Choir’s first album “Voices from Heaven” was recorded within the first month of the choir’s formation and reached No.1 on Billboards World Music Chart just 3 weeks after it’s release. In the following years Soweto Gospel Choir has won many coveted International awards including two prestigious Grammy Awards for Best Traditional World Music for their albums Blessed (2007) & African Spirit (2008), as well as its Best Song 2009 Oscar nomination for its collaboration with Peter Gabriel for its song “Down to Earth” the theme for the Disney Pixar movie Wall-E.
In addition, Soweto Gospel Choir received a 2010 Emmy for its collaboration on 3 songs with U2 on ESPN’S promotional campaign for the FIFA World Cup.
Soweto Gospel Choir’s close association with Nelson Mandela has seen them become Ambassadors for his AID’s awareness campaign “46664” which has taken them around the world, performing at 46664 concerts with famous artists including Aretha Franklin, Steve Wonder, Bono, Queen, and Annie Lennox.
Inspired by its patron Archbishop Tutu, Soweto Gospel Choir have been international ambassadors for their nation and have performed at many of South Africa’s most historically significant occasions including the State Funeral of the late President Mandela, his memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and at Winnie Mandela’s 2018 memorial service.
Over the years Soweto Gospel Choir has collaborated, performed and recorded with many of the world's greatest music artists including Robert Plant, Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo, Peter Gabriel, Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Cliff, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder as well as South Africa’s own Johnny Clegg.
And now Soweto Gospel Choir is thrilled to be able to celebrate its love of music and of Africa on this extraordinary production which is INALA.