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Soweto Gospel Choir - Adelaide Fringe 2017

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
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Soulful Singing
The 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival has on its program one of the world's greatest choirs - the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


The highlights in this show are many and I left feeling so uplifted. Be sure to put this show on your list of favourites this Fringe Festival. I highly recommend it.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


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.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)


The Soweto Gospel Choir can be seen in the Panama tent at Royal Croquet Club on Pinky Flat in the city and shows run most days during the entire Fringe Festival.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir (©paula mcmanus)

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Why? The world's greatest choir
When: everyday until 19th March. No shows on Mondays
Where: Royal Croquet Club
Cost: Prices start from $30
Your Comment
They flew to Australia on the same plane as us mid Feb, Paula. They are definitely a must-see!
by Elaine (score: 3|6844) 1018 days ago
We saw their show today, amazing! So worth seeing
by wilsm (score: 0|5) 1016 days ago
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