By Jocelyn Uithaler
21 May 2008
It’s for Madiba, and it’s on a world stage. So the Soweto Gospel Choir is hard at work, industry veteran Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is pleased to offer his talent up to the cause and R&B’s Loyiso Bala is praying he can put on his best performance yet.
They are the main South African acts who will perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert, to raise funds for his 46664 Aids charity. The event is on June 27, in London’s Hyde Park.
Two-time Grammy Award winning group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, is practicing four days a week, up to three hours a day.
The group is looking forward to performing at the concert, especially their collaboration with international artists. “We will be performing with Eddy Grant. We are very excited about that,” said musical director Lucas Bok.
Loyiso Bala, who has previously performed at the Johannesburg leg of the 46664 concert, says he is looking forward to performing to an international audience.
Legendary musician, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse says performing for Mandela is an honour and that there is no greater privilege for an artist.
Madiba’s birthday is on July 18, but a host of fund-raising functions have been arranged in the run-up to the big day.