While the Choir was in England last year, they recorded Katrina and the Waves‘ “Walking on Sunshine” to mark the 25th anniversary of the song.
Below is the video of the song, and behind the scenes footage.
Soloists include Kevin, Shimmy, SK, Sibongile and Rebecca.
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir have recorded a new version of the feel-good classic Walking on Sunshine with the song’s writer Kimberley Rew and some of his original ‘Katrina and the Waves’ band mates. While the world-renowned choir have guested on many artists’ records, this is their first release featuring a cover version which is truly their own. The single is released as a digital download on 21st June 2010.
In this, the song’s 25th Anniversary year, the BBC will feature this new, African-flavoured version in the promo for their new Africa travelogue series, An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby, airing May 16th-30th. The BBC will also feature this inspiring record in its 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage – perfect for that back-of-the-net, dodging team-mates, ridiculous dance celebratory vibe!
Alex Cooper, drummer and founder member of Katrina & The Waves says: “Experiencing this truly world-class choir performing our song right before us was the most stunning musical moment in my life. 23 beautiful people with the power to reduce you to tears of emotion in an instant.”
In its short but spectacular career, Soweto Gospel Choir has sung alongside superstars including Bono, Queen, Annie Lennox, Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Cliff and Celine Dion, shared top billing in Paris with South African legend, Johnny Clegg, was the support act to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Germany and recorded with Led Zeppelin‟s Robert Plant for the Fats Domino tribute album “Going Home” and Peter Gabriel on the Disney Pixar Wall-e soundtrack.
Producer of the choir’s version of Walking on Sunshine, Mike Nocito enthuses, “I’ve worked with, and recorded quite a few well known choirs over the years. But for awe-inspiring sound and professionalism, no one comes close to the Soweto. It’s like having a room full of Aretha’s, Whitney’s, Maria’s, and Marvin’s all blending together to create a magical sound