Mar 8, 2007
The celebrated Soweto Gospel Choir might win another international award soon.
The Grammy Award winning choir has been nominated in the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards.
The awards ceremony will be held at the famed Apollo Theatre, in Harlem, New York, on May 5.
The 26-member group has been nominated in the contribution to world music category alongside international stars Jimmy Cliff, Salif Keita, Yossou N’ Dour and Ziggy Marley.
“We are all very excited about the latest developments,” said Beverly Bryer, the group’s executive producer, yesterday.
“We have come a long way since we started this group and all our efforts are now beginning to bear fruit. It will be wonderful to win this one for South Africa.
“It also shows that the world outside is watching the work that we do,” Bryer said.
An equally excited David Mulovhedzi, the group’s musical director, said: “This is good news for us. As Africans we must be proud that the democracy we have nurtured is beginning to bear fruit for us.
“The world enjoys our music and I am proudly South African.”
The group won the best traditional world music category at the 49th Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last month for their second album, Blessed.
The gospel choir is on tour in Chicago in the US and is expected back in South Africa on April 25.