The group have won four Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award and received an Academy Award nomination. We are so very fortunate to have them here for this year's Fringe. Their music is soulful and their on-stage energy is contagious.
Many of their songs are sung in their African languages and some in English. The first part of the show was dedicated to the very melodic sounds of their traditional African Gospel and Freedom songs. In the second half, we were treated to some modern pop classics, sung in the most angelic and exquisite voices.
The show is a fast-paced and energetic 60 minutes of impressive performances. The singers take it in turns to lead the choir. It's an amazing transition - each voice is unique and all are so delightful to listen to.
It didn't take long for people to start dancing where they were. It was impossible to not clap and move and sing along and smile. There were moments of pure joy and there were others that gave me goosebumps. "Hallelujah" is one of those moments - it's sung so very well.
The songs are accompanied by traditional African Djembe drums, foot stamping, finger clicking, hand claps and tongue popping sounds. There are some songs where an electric keyboard is used, and there are tambourines and other percussion instruments used, but there's no backing band nor background music tracks - the Choir's voices are so strong and so divinely beautiful they stand strong on their own on the stage.
The Soweto Gospel Choir were formed in Soweto, a township in Johannesburg in South Africa in 2002. The choir are a formation of South Africa's greatest voices - both male and female.. The Choir have toured the world and performed in front of Nelson Mandela, American Presidents Obama and Clinton and also for Queen Elizabeth II.