46664 ambassadors, the Soweto Gospel Choir, return to London for two performances on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August along with The Bala Brothers which includes Loyiso, also a 46664 ambassador. The choir and the Bala Brothers then head to the Edinburgh Festival to help one of the oldest Fringe venues, Assembly Theatre, celebrate 30 years of eclectic programming.
Formed in 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved phenomenal local and international success. Its list of achievements include two Grammy Awards, three South African Music Awards and it was the first African act ever to be invited to perform at the 2009 Academy Awards with John Legend.
The choir’s albums have reached No 1 on Billboard’s World Music Charts and the choir has performed and recorded with some of the best musicians in the world, including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Robert Plant, Bono and Aretha Franklin.
Soweto Gospel Choir has toured the world extensively, with concerts at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Festival Hall. It has performed at private functions for Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, President Bill Clinton, Oprah and Prince Philip.
With the 2010 World Cup being celebrated in Africa for the first time, Soweto Gospel Choir was included in the line-up of African and international artists for the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert. The choir, in collaboration with U2, was selected by ESPN to represent South African for their World Cup promotional campaign.
In recent times, Soweto Gospel Choir has formed a close association with its special guests, The Bala Brothers. The three brothers – Zwai, Loyiso and Phelo – were the first black South Africans to study at the prestigious Drakensburg Choir School for Boys. Since graduating, the two older brothers have gone on to carve out stellar careers in South Africa and internationally, and have now been joined by their younger brother Phelo to form the extraordinary Bala Brothers.
The Bala Brothers have travelled a long and hard road together from the tough streets of their birthplace outside of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. However, the epic journey has always been paved with music and song. With their amazing voices, intricate harmonies and versatile arrangements, The Bala Brothers are worthy of being heard by audiences worldwide and Soweto Gospel Choir is proud to be introducing them, for the first time, to the United Kingdom.