May 6th, 2011
TERRITORY music lovers are well advised to prepare themselves for something special this weekend.
Multi-Grammy-award-winning ensemble the Soweto Gospel Choir are in Australia and have kicked off their three-month tour in the NT.
Their two Alice Springs performances at the Araluen Arts Centre are both sell-outs.
The 26-member troupe of singers, dancers and musicians have been heralded as the most exciting group to emerge in World Music in recent years.
Its 2002 debut CD, Voices from Heaven, reached No. 1 on the Billboard World Music Charts within three weeks of release.
This was followed up by Blessed and their first Grammy Award in the Best Traditional World Music category in February 2007.
In 2008 the choir released African Spirit and scooped up their second Best Traditional World Music Grammy.
The group have played at a New Year’s Eve party for Oprah Winfrey and supported the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Germany.
In 2003 Soweto Gospel Choir founded their own foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani.
This organisation offers support to South Africa’s sick and impoverished kids, as well as children who have been orphaned by AIDS.
To date the foundation had raised over $1.5 million and has increased global awareness on the issue. As well as Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, the Soweto Gospel Choir – which has Archbishop Desmond Tutu as its patron – will be in full support of World Vision on their Aussie tour.
The Soweto Gospel Choir play at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on May 7 and May 8. For tickets phone: 8980 3333