July 11, 2011
MEMBERS of the Soweto Gospel Choir were moved to tears when the crowd at the Vodafone Arena to watch the group’s last show farewelled them on Saturday night.
The show was nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed by the music lovers who sang along to almost every song the group performed.
The crowd was treated to a colourful array of costumed performers, powerful vocals and invigorating dance routines in which the unison with which the performers danced spoke volumes of their preparation.
Joji and Sala Tamani of Delainavesi and their three-year-old son Ihaia paid a total of $62.50 to watch the show and added it was small fraction of the concert’s worth.
The crowd pleaded with the group for one last song following an announcement that their performance of legendary African songstress Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata would be their last.
Three songs later as well as a moving rendition of Isa Isa from the crowd which brought many members of the choir to tears and the concert was officially over.
Soweto Gospel Choir member Shimmy Jiyane said their last show was a wonderful experience.
“The farewell was very emotional for us and we want to thank the people of Fiji for having us,” he said.
“We will be keeping you in our prayers and we hope to come back soon.”