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Music session: The Soweto Gospel Choir

Music session: The Soweto Gospel Choir

Let’s face it, this week has been tougher than most for many Victorians as it is the two year anniversary of Black Saturday. It’s also been a miserable weekend for many thanks to yet more flooding, for some parts of the state water has risen for the third time in six months. Who better to [...]

February 7, 2011 Elaine Articles, Audio, Videos 0

Soweto Sounds: Amazing Grace & Where The Streets Have No Name

Soweto Sounds: Amazing Grace & Where The Streets Have No Name

For those who remember, one of the highlights from ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup were their television spots that featured U2 and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Collaborating together on some big ticket songs, their renditions of Amazing Grace, Where the Streets Have No Name, Put on Your Boots and Magnificent were simply [...]

December 23, 2010 Elaine Audio, Features 0

Soweto Sounds: I’ll Remember You

Soweto Sounds: I’ll Remember You

I’ll Remember You is a Bob Dylan song released in 1985 on his Empire Burlesque album. Lyrics: I’ll remember you When I’ve forgotten all the rest, You to me were true, You to me were the best. When there is no more, You cut to the core Quicker than anyone that I knew. When I’m [...]

January 9, 2010 Elaine Audio, Features 1

Soweto Sounds: Thula Baba

Soweto Sounds: Thula Baba

Thula Baba is a popular Zulu lullaby. The lullaby is sung by a mother to her child, as they await the return of their husband/father who has gone away to work. It’s a beautiful song with a powerful message.  Simply lovely. The famous South African musical Umoja does a wonderful rendition of this song, too. [...]

August 9, 2009 Elaine Audio, Features 0

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

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, Photos 0

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

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

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