March 21, 2007
When is too much of a good thing never enough? When you’re talking about the harmonious sounds of the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The 26-strong group is in Adelaide for a national tour, spreading the joy of traditional African music everywhere. . . and we mean everywhere.
Artistic director for the group, Beverly Bryer, has revealed some of the best ideas for the show are formed on the bus. “They’re at their best after a performance on the way home in the bus. . . they’re full of adrenalin and just can’t stop singing,” she says. “We get some of our best material from these instances and rehearsals.”
Like a travelling football team, there are moments of frustration and illness, Beverly reveals.
“They spend so much time together it can get hard. . . but they work it out,” she says. “Everyone has different roles and they know how too look out for themselves and each other.”
But what about on-the-road romances? “We’ve had one marriage, and they are currently going through a pregnancy,” says Beverly. “Sometimes there is romance. . . it’s only natural.”
Ah, the sweet sounds of love.
The show closes tonight.