Monday 21st August 2017,
Soweto Gospel Fans

LIVE Mandela Day Concert Coverage

Hi all,

I will be doing my best to bring ya’ll SGC related updates throughout the night (at a dinner party, so trying to do both things at the same time!)…looking forward to the concert!

Live Updates:

11:19pmET: And that’s it!  What an amazing night!!  Wished I could have been there.

11:13pmET: All the artists are coming on stage to join Stevie.  Awesome.

11:09pmET: Finale kicking it up…Stevie singing Happy Birthday To Ya … entire place is on its feet.  “Mandela is my Superking!”

11:01pmET: Choir singing Hlohonolofatsa to welcome Stevie Wonder to the stage for the Finale!!  Beautiful.  Rebecca is singing in lead and the lyrics have been changed to welcome Stevie.  Awesome!!

11:00pmET: Finale coming up…kudos being given to the houseband and the Soweto Gospel Choir.  Lots of love for the Choir!!!  Woot woot!!  The Choir is being given a standing ovation!!  Justly deserved.

10:55pmET: The Choir gets the spotlight with their beautiful rendition of This Little Light of Mine / M’Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni / If You Ever Needed The Lord with Rebecca, Lungi, Vusu and Shimmy in lead!  AWESOME!  So glad they got their chance to shine!  Such happy and beautiful music!

10:53pmET: The Choir has been released on the stage!  Standing behind Alicia and Angelique as they sing the Blessing for Africa.  Sibongile rocking it out on the mic.

10:49pmET: Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo!  Singing Angelique’s Blessing for Africa (Afrika).

10:36pmET: Josh Groban returns to the stage with Aretha Franklin!  You Rasied Me Up

10:29pmET: Asimbonanga done by Jesse Clegg (Johnny’s son) and Freshlyground.  The Choir is giving amazing backing…love this song.

10:27pmET: Wyclef is totally bringing down the house with his second song with Zulu.

10:19pmET: Wyclef Jean!!  Love the guy!  OMIGOD!!  The Choir is singing the African lyrics for Million Voices, a song he wrote for the movie Hotel Rwanda…and one of my fave songs!

10:12pmET: Now Thandiswa Mazwai…many will recognize her from Bongo Maffin.

10:09pmET: Loyiso on stage now…waving their hands in the air!

10:03pmET: Vusi on stage with his Sing Africa song…love his style!  Choir joins in…

9:56pmET: Josh in singing Weeping with Vusi Mahlasela and the Choir!  One of my faves!!!

9:51pmET: Josh Groban is on stage!

9:44pmET: 46664 Concert veteran Zucchero takes the stage.  Beautiful rendition of You Are So Beautiful. Bella!

9:39pmET: Baaba Maa now on stage.

9:22pmET: Queen Latifah takes the stage with the Choir.  Energy picking back up!  Great number with the Queen for her second number….soul rising!! (Sipokazi wearing a blue headwrap is totally throwing me off!  Where’s her pink??)

9:19pmET: Morgan Freeman introduces Nelson Mandela…sending a message via video from South Africa.

9:07pmET: Jesse McCartney???!!  Choir still on stage…taking advantage of their chairs!  Now they’re rocking out and dancing to Jesse’s second number Body Language.

8:59pmET: Carla Bruni and Dave Stewart’s turn.  Great rendition of Blowing in the Wind with the Choir.

8:52pmET: Kenyan Suzanna Owiyo is now taking the stage with the Choir.

8:47pmET: The Choir is now back on stage with Sipho Mabuse and his saxophone!

8:45pmET: Cyndi Lauper and Lil Kim just gave an amazing rendition of Time After Time.

8:30pmET: will.i.am takes the stage…the Choir has left the stage for a break.

8:28pmET: President Obama making an appearance via video.

8:24pmET: Yvonne Chaka Chaka taking the stage now.  I love her–quite the character!  The Choir’s basses are rocking out in this song for Madiba!

8:23pmET: The hardcore Choir fan in me is kinda grrrrr that backup singers are blocking the view of the right hand side of the Choir!

8:20pmET: The Choir is having a blast dancing/grooving to Gloria!  Gloria now singing Oh Happy Day with the Choir backing her up.

8:11pmET: What an amazing start to the show!  Everyone is up on their feet!  Gloria Gaynor now takes the stage to sing her famous I Will Survive.  The Choir is grooving with her as backup.

8:06pmET: African stars including Angelique Kidjo , Thandiswa Mazwai and Suzanna Owiyo joining the Choir to sing Give Me Hope Joanna.

8:01pmET: Host Whoopi Goldberg taking the stage.

8:00pmET: And we’re underway!  Opening titles being played….video presentation of Madiba!

7:57pmET: I believe the Choir is taken the stage…they are on the left side of the screen.

7:50pmET: 10 mins to go…inside of Radio City Hall being shown…

7:30pmET: T-minus 30 mins!  Very excited.

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About The Author

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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