26 August 2005
The West Australian
In the two years since South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir first wowed WA audiences, it has won international fame, with its roof-raising harmonies selling out shows throughout the world.
The 26-member ensemble flew into Perth yesterday for five concerts at His Majesty’s Theatre, followed by performances in Bunbury.
Singer and percussionist Jabulile Dlapla said audiences would hear original and traditional songs in languages such as Xhosa, Sotho, Zulu, English and Afrikaans.
“Most of the songs are more emotional (compared with) the first tour,” she said.
Formed in 2002 after auditions of thousands of hopefuls from churches and communities throughout South Africa, the choir has members aged 19 to 45 who are based in the Johannesburg township of Soweto.
Following the first Australian tour, the group joined some of world’s biggest artists on stage at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS fundraising concert in Cape Town.
The ensemble has set up its own AIDS charity and audience members are invited to donate after the concerts.