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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Salamanca Festival

Salamanca Festival

The choir are slated to close out the year-long “Salamanca es música” festival on December 19th, 2009. More info will be released at a later date. Source: Here [...]

February 28, 2009 Elaine News, Schedule 0

‘Slumdog’ cleans up at the Oscars

‘Slumdog’ cleans up at the Oscars

Gabisile Ndebele AFP Feb 24, 2009 The Soweto Gospel Choir became the first South African group to perform at the Academy Awards when they appeared with soul singer John Legend on Sunday night. Nine of the 26-member group took to the stage at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles to perform the song Down to [...]

February 23, 2009 Elaine Articles 0

2008 Australian Tour Video Rundown

2008 Australian Tour Video Rundown

Just a quick note to say that I’ve posted several videos of the Choir during their Spring 2008 tour of Australia. The videos can be found archived, but here are the direct links for those interested: ‘Jerusalem’ on RN Breakfast Sessions 2UE 954 News Talk Interview SGC on Ten’s ‘9am’ SGC on Nine’s ‘Today’ SGC [...]

February 23, 2009 Elaine Site Updates, Videos 0

Oscar Photos

Oscar Photos

More photos from the Oscars yesterday…unfortunately the new red carpet photos are tagged, but I’m looking to get them untagged soon. [...]

February 23, 2009 Elaine News, Photos 0

Screen caps of Oscar Performance

Screen caps of Oscar Performance

Below are screen captures of the Choir’s performance of Down to Earth with John Legend during the 2009 Academy Awards. Choir members featured: Shimmy Jiyane, Bongani Khumalo, Matshepo Kutuane, Vusu Madondo, Sibongile Makgathe, Gregory Ndou, Sipho Ngcamu, Zanele Ngcamu and Rebecca Nyamane. [...]

February 22, 2009 Elaine News, Photos 0

LIVE Oscar Coverage

LIVE Oscar Coverage

Keep checking back as I update throughout the evening. My Thoughts: Was a bit underwhelmed by the whole presentation…wished the Choir was featured more, but they were kinda stuck in the background barely heard (BOO!!).  And, even afterwards when they did a “mix” of the two songs with the two lead singers, the Indian dancers [...]

February 22, 2009 Elaine News, Photos 0

Oscars Reminder

Oscars Reminder

Just a heads up, but don’t forget to tune into the Academy Awards tomorrow (Sunday) evening to catch members of the Choir performing. The Choir is slated to perform their nominated song Down to Earth.  I have also read that the Choir may also be performing at other intervals–so be sure to watch! The ceremony [...]

February 21, 2009 Elaine News, Site Updates 0

Soweto Sounds: Malaika

Soweto Sounds: Malaika

Malaika is a popular Swahili song meaning Angel. The song has been covered by many artists over the years.  Popular versions include the ones done by Miriam Makeba (RIP), Angélique Kidjo and even Boney M. Many attribute the song’s origin to Fadhili William, but this has been heavily disputed. In any case, Malaika is one [...]

February 21, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 1

Soweto choir gets Oscar invite

Soweto choir gets Oscar invite

By Lesego Madumo City of Johannesburg 20 February 2009 The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at the Oscars – the first time a South African act has received such an invitation. The choir has been nominated for an award for its song, Down to Earth. Joburg’S pride, the Grammy-Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir, will be [...]

February 20, 2009 Elaine Articles, News 0

SA choristers hit high note

SA choristers hit high note

Gabisile Ndebele Feb 19, 2009 The Times The Soweto Gospel Choir is on its way to Hollywood to become the first South African group to perform at the Oscars. The singers left for Los Angeles last night. But because of the US economic crisis, the organisers of the Academy Awards could pay for only nine [...]

February 18, 2009 Elaine Articles, News 0