Soweto Gospel Choir brings South Africa’s most heavenly voices to Australian audiences
South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir have brought their award-winning Freedom Tour to Australia, set to perform at over 48 venues across the country, including the world-renowned Sydney Opera House.
The choir group aims to showcase South Africa’s struggle for freedom and recognise the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who is considered the father of the rainbow nation.
Soweto Gospel Choir Musical Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse notes the importance and inspiration behind the group’s decision to perform in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages.
“We usually sing songs in our language which surprisingly melts the hearts of people from all backgrounds,” Diniloxolo stated.
“This helped us realise that music has the power to heal, restore and revive people from all over the world.”
Diniloxolo hopes Australians gain a deeper understanding of the group’s origins through their rich harmonies and earthy rhythms.
“Our show ‘Freedom’ is to celebrate our heroes, who fought for South Africa,” Diniloxolo stated.
By touring Australia, Soweto Gospel Choir hopes to honour Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom while revealing the beauty of the South African culture to Australian audiences.
Taking the stage with their vivacious outfits, amazing vocals and joyous songs, Soweto Gospel Choir ensures 90 minutes of exhilarating and unforgettable live performances.
We hope people learn the history of South Africa through our music. Especially songs we sang to give us hope and positivity in a time of adversity.
The choir have shared the stage with a variety of singers including Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Celine Dion and the Red Hot Chili Peppers who all had a positive impact on their music style.
Diniloxolo said his favourite performance was with singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel who was a strong activist during the struggle period in South Africa.
Peter composed a song called Biko, which told the story of a freedom fighter that was brutally murdered by the South African government.
We have worked with a lot of international artists and we all listen to contemporary music which has had an influence on our music.
The lively choir ensures a mix of both traditional and modern day music in their performances, allowing a unique experience to be felt by their audiences.
Soweto is currently celebrating their third Grammy award for their new album Freedom, which won the Best World Music Album of 2019.
It’s always an honour to receive such a great accolade. We achieved this through hard work, patience and perseverance.
Diniloxolo also mentioned that by touring Australia, Soweto is looking forward to meeting and sharing their culture and heritage with many of their audiences.
“We always love to bring positivity and hope to our audiences through our music,” Diniloxolo stated.
“Music is food for the soul.”
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