February 07, 2011
THEY first charmed Melburnians nine years ago, then became international stars.
Last night members of the Soweto Gospel Choir dropped in on their “second home” before jetting off to the Grammy Awards.
The double Grammy-winning choir will be on the red carpet again next Monday after being nominated for best contemporary world music album.
Then they’ll be back.
The African singers were in town to launch their Australian tour, starting on May 7 and taking in 24 venues including St Kilda’s Palais Theatre.
“We always call this our second home because this is where everything started,” choir master Shimmy Jiyane said.
“Nobody knew us and people from Australia gave love to us from the first time they saw us.”
All 26 singers, dancers and musicians were plucked from obscurity with no formal training, just “raw talent”.
“We’re still pinching ourselves,” Jiyane said.
“But the more you get used to it, the more big things happen.
“We just want to put smiles on people’s faces.”