The South African
August 9, 2010
The Soweto Gospel Choir raised the roof yet again in London in Cadogan Hall last week, bringing with them, as always, their incredible spirit, passion and an immense amount of African soul.
Enthralling from beginning to end the show was even more enhanced with the inclusion of the Bala Brothers – three exceptionally talented brothers (Zwali, Layiso and Phelo Bala) who are from the Eastern Cape.
The trio were trained in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School and they performed a variety of songs including Afrikaans school hymns, Italian and Latin opera masterpieces, African favourites as well as their own, unique love songs.
The array of songs delivered clearly exuded their ability to master different harmonies.
With such rich, individual voices they blended perfectly both within the trio itself as well as within the spirit and exuberance of the choir as a whole. They were special guests indeed!
The choir were their ‘usual’ self; bright, vibrant and inspirational to say the very least.
There is no need to understand the various languages they sing in to enjoy this sensational experience as it is the energy and bold confidence of each individual singer that neatly complements the choir as a whole and therefore the performance.
Using their flawless voices, their praise and worship brought goose bumps to my arm, as their songs are filled with deep emotion mixed with deep pride for their heritage.
The result is truly beautiful music.
If you are heading to the Edinburgh Festival this year, be sure to catch both the Soweto Gospel Choir and the Bala Brothers.