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Soweto Casts Spell

By Sera Whippy
July 08, 2011
Fiji Times Online

THE Soweto Gospel Choir held spectators spellbound at the Denarau Events Centre on Wednesday evening.

Vusumuzi Madondo, the deep-voiced sensation, literally lifted some of the spectators off their chairs.

He was born in Ladysmith, a town in Soweto where the famous Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo hails from.

“I work full-time in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the choir because we have a lot of tours to prepare for and new songs to develop. Plus the dances and moves have to be learnt. It is a lot of enjoyable work for me and the group and I love my job. I had tried to get into the choir for quite some time but it wasn’t until 2002 that I succeeded,” he said.

He was a mechanic when a friend told him of the auditions at Johannesburg.

“I was fixing cars when I went to try out and they said they liked my unique voice and I was in. I have not looked back from there and my voice has taken me around the world meeting many different people and seeing many different places.”

The 41-year old said he enjoyed the Fijian atmosphere very much and loved performing in the country.

“I started singing when I was about 12 years old in our local church choir but that all changed after I grew older. However, I always had a deep love for singing and the Lord has really blessed me and my group members,” he said.

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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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