18 August 2005
Choirs aren’t the place you’d usually look for sweaty dancers, but the Soweto Gospel Choir is different.
Three years ago, auditions united 32 singers to wow crowds with a kaleidoscope of South Africa’s languages and traditions, including dancer Thembisa Khuzwayo.
“They give me two very easy songs,” Khuzwayo, 25, joked.
“Dancing and singing in our culture goes together. You just can’t dance without singing or sing without dancing.”
The singers have since taken their township roots to the top of the US Billboard world music chart. Success has helped them raise money for their “greater purpose” feeding half a million AIDS orphans.
“Our common values are peace and love and kindness, so when you put all those together there’s no way you can’t come up with something beautiful,” she said.