Feb 12, 2008
The Soweto Gospel Choir has done South Africa proud once more, winning its second Grammy Award in two years.
The group’s album, African Spirit, won in the “best traditional world music” category.
The choir’s music director, Lucas Bok, speaking from Los Angeles yesterday, said the choristers were overwhelmed.
“We were not expecting it. I thought that, because we won last year, we wouldn’t get it this time. I am glad I was wrong and that we won.”
Soweto Gospel Choir saw off the challenges of Rahim al Haj with Souhail Kaspar, from Iraq, Cheick Hamala Diabate and Bob Carlin, from Mali, and Konono No 1 from Congo.
Choir member Fikile Sidumo said she could still not believe the group’s good fortune.
“I am shocked. I don’t even know what to think.
“I am just excited that our hard work is paying off. I just feel so blessed and feel like we have conquered the world.
“This year started off so well that it is hard to say what the [rest of the] year holds for us.
While half of the choir is on tour in the US, the other half is preparing to perform with Canadian superstar Celine Dion on St Valentine’s Day, when the singer opens her world tour in Johannesburg at the Dome, Northgate.
The choir has performed around the world.