The Soweto Gospel Choir is a South African gospel group.

History

The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa, by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, two choir directors. The more than 30-member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music. The group performed at the first of the 46664 concerts for Nelson Mandela and has since toured internationally several times. Their albums Blessed and African Spirit won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively. On 7 July 2007 they performed at the South African leg of Live Earth. Also in 2007, they joined Robert Plant in contributing to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard Records), performing their version of Domino's "Valley of Tears". The group was featured on the Peter Gabriel/Thomas Newman song "Down to Earth", written for Pixar's 2008 film WALL-E. The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 66th Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. The group performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final draw on 4 December 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010 composer Christopher Tin's song "Baba Yetu", which featured the group, won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The song had originally been produced for Firaxis Games's 2005 PC title Civilization IV, but Tin enlisted the Soweto Gospel Choir to re-record the song for inclusion on his debut album, Calling All Dawns, leading to the song's nomination and award. This marked the first time a video game composition had won or been nominated for the category.

Discography

Voices from Heaven (Shanachie Records, 2005) Blessed (Shanachie, 2006) African Spirit (Shanachie, 2007) Grace (Shanachie, 2010)

Contributions with Christopher Tin

Calling All Dawns (2009) The Drop That Contained the Sea (2014)

Other contributions

Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard Records, 2007) Pray for me: off the album "UNCLAD" by Nigeria's Darey Art Alade (2015)

References

Soweto Gospel Choir at Allmusic.com.

External links

Official website SowetoGospelFans.com

Albums & Songs

Holy Ghost - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Alone - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Everything Is Blessed - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Jesus Everywhere - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
The Name of Jesus - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
More Than Enough (feat. Preye Odede) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Powerful God - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Are Jesus - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I Am Blessed - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Miracle Papa - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Most High Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
I Turn to You (feat. Sinach) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
All the Praise Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes