Tuesday 23rd July 2019,
Soweto Gospel Fans

Photo and Audio: 666 ABC Canberra

The Soweto Gospel Choir live in the 666 Canberra studio

by Eleri Harris

Bringing the sounds of Africa to the suburbs of Canberra and beyond, the Soweto Gospel Choir are just as inspiring as ever.

They’ve been together for nearly a decade, but, with 90% of the original members on board, South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir is going strong: founding an AIDs orphan foundation; becoming UN Envoys for Africa and Ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign;  featuring in TIME Magazine and on the line up bill for opening night at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The multiple Grammy Award winning group stopped into Canberra on their three month Australasian tour and kindly ducked into the 666 Canberra for a chat with Alex Sloan before their sold out show at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall.

Soweto Gospel Choir Founding member Sipokazi Nxumalo told Alex the show is like “fireworks”.

“It’s going to be an amazing show,” she said, explaining why she loves being a part of the choir.

“I can’t leave, it’s just too good to be true.”

“It’s just the passion and the heart the choir has for what we do. It’s not just Sydney, it’s giving people an experience of South African music.

“Just be a part of this is amazing.”

Even the Canberra cold won’t deter them.

“Honey, lemon, ginger works,” Sipokazi laughs.

“But it’s not that good on our vocals!”

Listen to the choir play “Umoya Wenkosi”, a traditional song about the spirit of the Lord, live in the 666 Canberra studio.

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About The Author

From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her life...one love! :)

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