SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Soweto Gospel Choir performs on FOX 2, sharing the rich harmonies and vibrant sounds of the African gospel tradition.
If you like them, you can hear them again at a live performance at Orchestra Hall today, March 1.
Formed in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir’s first album, Voices of Heaven , reached the No. 1 spot on Billboards World Music Chart within three weeks of its release in the United States. Since then, the Choir has received multiple awards internationally, including two Grammy Awards in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for their CDs Blessed and African Spirit. They have toured the world and appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan OBrien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
As Ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign, the Choir has performed at concerts in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Bono, Queen, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah and Stevie Wonder, among others.
Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in 2008 for their album Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre. In 2009, the choir became the first South African artists to perform at the Academy Awards when, with John Legend, they sang Down To Earth, the Grammy-winning song by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman for the film Wall-E. Soweto Gospel Choir has founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosis Haven Vukani, to assist organizations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected over $4 million for their foundation.
Tickets for Soweto Gospel Choir on Mar. 1 range in price from $22 to $73 with a limited number of box seats available for $108. Tickets may be purchased and/or reserved at the DSO Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave,) by calling the DSO at (313) 576-5111 or by visiting www.detroitsymphony.com .