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Soweto Gospel Fans

Pop flop tunes into success

The Daily Telegraph
by Stephen Downie
April 25, 2008

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Sipokazi Luzipo is not a pop star and yet, reading her resume, you could be forgiven for thinking completely the opposite.

As part of the Grammy Award-winning singing group, South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir, she has sung alongside Celine Dion, Bono, Led Zeppelin and has been a support act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Her career started in 2002, when, somewhat ironically, she auditioned for a spot on South Africa’s version of Popstars.

She never made the cut. And she’s been thankful ever since.

“I didn’t really want to be a part of a pop group,” Luzipo said yesterday.

“Pop isn’t who I am. I have grown up in a Sunday School choir.”

After her Popstars audition, Luzipo was asked to help form a gospel choir. It was the start of what would become a spectacular career for both her and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir is back in Australia for its third tour, with shows at the Theatre Royal from May 21-24.

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From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her life...one love! :)

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