Tutu favourites the Soweto Gospel Choir enjoy Grammy success
Congratulations to South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir for their 2019 Grammy award for their latest album Freedom. It’s another success for the multi-award winning choristers who count Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a supporter and patron.
Formed 17 years ago by 43 singers drawn from churches across Soweto, they soon made name for themselves performing in English and multiple South African languages.
Their first album Voices of Heaven, which was released in 2005, topped Billboard Magazine's World Music chart
This was followed by four more award-winning albums?- including Freedom which was released last year.
But the choir, directed by Beverley Bryer, is revered for its vibrant live performances too, playing Concerts for Nelson Mandela and making appearances at many top international venues including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York.
The Gospel Choir played at both the 75th and 80th birthday celebrations of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and most recently performed with Beyoncé as she sang her Zulu arrangement of Halo at the Mandela 100 concert in Johannesburg in December.