8 February 2007
Three people behind the success of South Africa’s super choir, the Soweto Gospel Choir, are on their way to the US and the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Producer/director Beverly Bryer, musical director David Mulovhedzi and record producer Robin Hogarth leave South Africa today.
Twenty-five members of the choir are already in the US for a three-month tour.
They will perform in Macon, Georgia, at the time of the award ceremony, and therefore will not be able to join the other representatives.
Before beginning their tour on February 1, 16 members of the group were in Los Angeles to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The show was broadcast on January 30.
They will also be performing at Carnegie Hall, New York for the third year in a row.
The choir, which have enjoyed huge success since their launch in 2002, have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category, for their second album, Blessed.
At the end of last month, the choir released their latest album, African Spirit.
Some of the highlights on the album are the traditional hymn, Seteng Sediba, the stunningly soulful Izwi Lahlab’Inhlziyo Yami (The Word of God Touched My Heart), Avulekile Amasango (The Doors of Heaven are Wide Open), which has generated tremendous response at the choir’s concerts, a moving version of Bob Dylan’s I’ll Remember You and the song One written by Bono.
The choir won the award for Best Gospel Choir at the 2003 American Gospel Music Awards and received a nomination at the 2003 South African Music Awards.
Last year, they toured the UK and Spain and were one of the top-selling acts at the Edinburgh Festival.
The Grammys will be broadcast on M-Net on Monday from 8.30pm.