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Soweto Sounds: Hlanganani

Soweto Sounds: Hlanganani

Written by Hamilton Nzimande, the song Hlanganani was recently featured in the HBO/BBC series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In the episode The Boy with an African Heart, the song can be heard at the very end of the episode and was the perfect ending to a great episode (I’m a big fan of [...]

May 2, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 2

Soweto Sounds: Malaika

Soweto Sounds: Malaika

Malaika is a popular Swahili song meaning Angel. The song has been covered by many artists over the years.  Popular versions include the ones done by Miriam Makeba (RIP), Angélique Kidjo and even Boney M. Many attribute the song’s origin to Fadhili William, but this has been heavily disputed. In any case, Malaika is one [...]

February 21, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 1

Soweto Sounds: Pride (In the Name of Love)

Soweto Sounds: Pride (In the Name of Love)

Originally released by U2 in their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, Pride (In the Name of Love) is about Martin Luther King, Jr. and is one of the band’s most recognized songs. The Choir’s interpretation of the song is unique with all the usual SGC style. Great song! Lyrics: One man come in the name [...]

February 6, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 2

Getting to Know: Phili Faya

Getting to Know: Phili Faya

Tell us a little about your hometown and where you grew up. I grew up in Durban, KwaMashu township in a musical family: my uncle was a music teacher, and my dad was a guitarist. What were your fondest childhood memories? I always remembered the time when we used to sing together when we were [...]

February 1, 2009 Elaine Features 2

Choir Candids: Zanele and Sipho’s Wedding

Choir Candids: Zanele and Sipho’s Wedding

Here’s a special treat for SGC fans: Long-time choir members Zanele Ngcamu (née Mkhwanazi) and Sipho Ngcamu were married September 20, 2008 in a beautiful ceremony in Soweto. Zanele has been gracious enough to share with SGF some photos from their special day. Check them out below–looked like lots of fun! [...]

January 27, 2009 Elaine Features, Photos 1

Soweto Sounds: Mama Tembu’s Wedding

Soweto Sounds: Mama Tembu’s Wedding

Mama Tembu’s Wedding is one of my favourite SGC songs that was performed by the Choir during their Blessed Concert encore (circa 2005-2006). It’s such a fun song and a hidden gem! Half the fun is watching the Choir dance and perform to it! Written by B. Egnos, the song was made popular by Margaret [...]

January 17, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 0

Getting to Know: Thembisa Khuzwayo

Getting to Know: Thembisa Khuzwayo

Tell us a little about your hometown and where you grew up. I was raised by my great-grandparents in one of South Africa’s nine provinces called KwaZulu-Natal in a small town that has become very well known around the world for its earthy, rhythmic and powerful harmonies: Ladysmith. Well, it was a very basic upbringing [...]

January 8, 2009 Elaine Features 0

Getting to Know: An Introduction

Getting to Know: An Introduction

One major goal of Soweto Gospel Fans is to provide SGC fans with features that are unique to this site—stuff you cannot find anywhere else. With this goal in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to kick-off this section with a feature where we could meet members of the Choir. Who are the people [...]

January 8, 2009 Elaine Features 0

Soweto Sounds: Ke Na Le Modisa

Soweto Sounds: Ke Na Le Modisa

Ke Na Le Modisa, sung in Sotho, is an interpretation of Psalm 23. Lyrics: Sotho lyrics Ke na le modisa – ke tla be ke hlokang? Ke ya ipitsang Jehova – molimo o phelang O nkisa botaleng, lijong tse mphelisang O nkalosa dinokaneng – metsing a nkholisang Lira li ka ntlhoya – ke sa ja [...]

January 8, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 7

Soweto Sounds: An Introduction

Soweto Sounds: An Introduction

On a regular basis, Soweto Gospel Fans will be featuring a different SGC song in Soweto Sounds. Each spotlight will include song explanation, lyrics and related information. Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to the full song (for a limited time). If you would like to suggest the next song to be featured, [...]

January 8, 2009 Elaine Features 4