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SA choristers hit high note

SA choristers hit high note

Gabisile Ndebele Feb 19, 2009 The Times The Soweto Gospel Choir is on its way to Hollywood to become the first South African group to perform at the Oscars. The singers left for Los Angeles last night. But because of the US economic crisis, the organisers of the Academy Awards could pay for only nine [...]

February 18, 2009 Elaine Articles, News 0

Members of Choir comfirmed for Oscars

Members of Choir comfirmed for Oscars

Hi everyone, I can confirm that members of the Soweto Gospel Choir will be present at this Sunday’s Academy Awards from Los Angeles. Choir members that will sing Peter Gabriel’s Down to Earth are: Shimmy Jiyane, Bongani Khumalo, Matshepo Kutuane, Vusu Madondo, Sibongile Makgathe, Gregory Ndou, Sipho Ngcamu, Zanele Ngcamu and Rebecca Nyamane. Be sure [...]

February 18, 2009 Elaine News 0

Update on possible Oscar performance

Update on possible Oscar performance

In an article discussing the Oscars, Laurence Mark, the producer of the Academy Awards made this comment: Mark said they’re considering Gabriel’s suggestion to have the Soweto Gospel Choir step in to replace him: “We’re actually chatting with those guys. We think it’s a lovely idea.” [...]

February 13, 2009 Elaine News 0

Choir to perform at the Oscars?

Choir to perform at the Oscars?

Peter Gabriel won’t perform at Oscars By Anthony Breznican USA TODAY February 12, 2009 Peter Gabriel has pulled out of the Oscars. The singer of Big Time and In Your Eyes is nominated for best song for his tune Down to Earth from Wall-E, but says in a video on his website, PeterGabriel.com, that the [...]

February 12, 2009 Elaine Articles, News 0

At last, Soweto takes centre stage

At last, Soweto takes centre stage

February 12, 2009 By Adrienne Sichel Tonight ‘Finally our dreams are coming true,” sighed Bongani Linda, the theatre pioneer who was sitting in a white tent in Jabulani, in Soweto, on Tuesday morning, waiting for the formalities to begin for the Soweto Theatre. Agreeing that the artist’s sketch made this R110-million complex look like a [...]

February 12, 2009 Elaine Articles, News 0

BBC Audio Slideshow

BBC Audio Slideshow

During a rehearsal in Johannesburg, musical director Beverly Bryer and conductor Shimmy Jiyane tell the BBC the secret of their success. View the audio slideshow at the BBC’s website. Photos by Jason Boswell below. [...]

February 11, 2009 Elaine Audio, News, Photos 0

Grammy Recap

Grammy Recap

The 51st Grammy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles. The Choir, unfortunately, couldn’t pull a three-peat as they lost in the Contemporary World Music Album category to the Global Drum Project. Their collaboration with Peter Gabriel in the song Down to Earth, however, did win the Grammy for Best Motion Picture Song. Vusi [...]

February 9, 2009 Elaine News, Photos 0

Choir to perform in Festival

Choir to perform in Festival

The Choir is scheduled to participate at the Valladolid Vive la Música festival later this year in September. Exact dates will be announced later. [...]

February 5, 2009 Elaine News, Schedule 0

Choir to perform at 2009 Suidoosterfees

Choir to perform at 2009 Suidoosterfees

The Choir will be performing at the Suidooster Concert during the 2009 Suidoosterfees on February 1st, 2009. The concert will begin at 20:00 and take place at the kykNET-teater located in Artscape in Cape Town. More information about the concert can be found at their site. [...]

January 27, 2009 Elaine News, Schedule 0

Oscar Nomination!

Oscar Nomination!

The Choir’s collaboration with Peter Gabriel in Down to Earth off the Wall-E soundtrack has just been nominated in the Best Original Song category for the 81st Academy Awards. The song is up against two songs from Slumdog Millionaire. The 81st Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on Feb. 22 from the Kodak [...]

January 22, 2009 Elaine News 0