Enjoy the sweet sound of SowetoBy Phil Creighton
September 23, 2009
They’ve performed around the world, to presidents, archbishops and TV stars as well as singing in Oscar winning movies and now they’re coming to Reading for your aural pleasure.
The Soweto Gospel Choir, founded in November 2002, is bringing its brand-new show to The Hexagon next week for a special one-night only performance.
The 260-strong choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music and draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto.
The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
Its latest show features some old favourites – such as This Little Light Of Mine and Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) – and a number of new songs, including their own version the Andrea Crouch classic Oh! It’s Jesus.
Plus there are several tracks from their new album Grace which was released in June.
Expect earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, energetic percussion and a touch of humour. Add to this, dynamic dancing and vibrant, colourful costumes, and the mix is explosive. This young dynamic choir performs both traditional and contemporary music, adding its own unique feel and interpretation to both.
The visit to Reading is just one more event in what has been a busy year for the choir.
Highlights from the past 12 months include performing at the Oscars, the inauguration of South Africa’s new president and the New York concert that celebrated the 91st birthday of Nelson Mandela, alongside Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean and, among others, Whoopi Goldberg.
Six years ago, the choir founded its own Aids orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, to assist organisations that receive little or no funding. So far, they’ve raised more than £300,000 for the orphange, helping children receive a better start to their lives.
Tickets for the show cost £22 or £19 for concessions, with Your Reading Passport holders receiving £2 discount.
- Soweto Gospel Choir
- The Hexagon, Reading
- Wednesday, September 30
- (0118) 960 6060 www.readingarts.com