By Denise Everton
20 February 2003
There’s a fresh, sweet sound emanating from South Africa and Australia will be the first international destination to hear it.
The Soweto Gospel Choir aims to spread the word of God through its music while simultaneously celebrating the spirit and traditions of the South African culture.
Choirmaster David Mulovhedzi, who has been involved in the widely touted Holy Jerusalem Choir from which some members of Soweto have been chosen, said the music was both entertaining and uplifting.
“Gospel music is like healing medicine to the broken soul and for those who are enjoying their life it gives a feeling of freedom and hope,” he said.
“For us, the music opens many doors and makes us strong. People go along with us on our journey and share the message of the music as we praise the Lord with drums and trumpets and song.”
Mulovhedzi, who has travelled South Africa with the Holy Jerusalem Choir since 1986, was asked to pull together the Soweto Gospel Choir just four months ago.
More than 200 choristers from various church groups were auditioned for the 32 positions in the Soweto Gospel Choir but the short preparation time has not proved daunting.
The choir’s song book includes traditional African gospel music, classics like Amazing Grace and Paradise Road, and music by the likes of Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff.
The choir also incorporates a capella singing in the concert and the touring party includes a four-piece band, traditional dancers and drummers.