5 June 2008
For tenor and dancer Paseka Motloung (aka China), the best thing about being part of the Soweto Gospel Choir is not travelling around the world to places he would otherwise never be able to visit.
Instead, it is learning from the dancers, musicians and other performers around him that he values most.
“Being a dancer, Ive been exposed to so many other dancers and musicians and am learning from them”, he said.
“There are also people that I grew up watching on television who I have now had the privilege to meet people who we look up to as artists.”
China, a founding member of the choir, started dancing at the age of eight after falling in love with it at school.
He saw a notice in the paper for the choir and auditioned, hoping to learn more about music and dancing.
“I just thought I would try it out, and I was really excited to get in”, he said.
The choir is touring Australia with its show African Spirit, which China said had been well received around the country so far.
“It is a new show for us we have been to Australia twice before with other shows, so people are really enjoying it this time around, he said. I think people have been able to relate with this show more.”
China said a recent visit to Fiji rated among the best performances he had experienced.
“The reception we got there was just amazing”, he said.
“It was our first time there but people knew about us they had the CDs and the DVDs and had learnt all the songs.”
After the Australian tour, the choir will head to back to South Africa for a week, and then visit Italy and Scotland.
“We travel quite a lot; I would say we spend about 10 months of the year travelling”, China said.
“We are hardly at home, but it is exciting as we get to go to countries we have never been to before.”