By Alice Claridge
July 1, 2014
THE colours and sounds of South Africa are inspiring Tasmanian audiences this week, thanks to a tour by the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The 24-strong, brightly dressed choir brings joy with more than just song – a four-piece band, narrator and dance moves accompany the soulful singers.
South Africa has a rich heritage with 11 recognised languages, diverse cultures and faiths.
“We bring the sound of South Africa to the world,” musical director Kevin Williams said.
“We use the inspiration of different languages, the beats, the animals, to create the magic of our home country.”
The choir has already performed in Launceston and Burnie this week and will take the stage tonight at Hobart’s Wrest Point Entertainment Centre.
The choir formed in 2002 and has toured the world since, collaborating, recording and performing with such stars as U2 and Aretha Franklin.
The choir has dedicated its Australian tour to the memory of Nelson Mandela and will include a section dedicated to freedom songs and some of Mandela’s favourite hymns.