Voices From Heaven - The Soweto Gospel Choir
It’s a miracle that Gospel always seems to find a way to have its message heard on the ever-changing musical landscape. The Southern gospel sound got a boost from the Blind Boys Of Alabama and gospel bluegrass found new converts through the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? And now, the voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir are being universally embraced. Audiences are being lifted from their seats, swept up by the choir’s divine exuberance of South African spirituals, traditional drumming and colourful costumes. Survival in post-apartheid South Africa is still a struggle, especially in townships like Soweto. The members of the choir are also raising their voices in heartfelt joy to raise funds to help their neighbors. Proceeds from their concert tours go directly back into the townships. In 2002, open auditions were held in Soweto and surrounding townships to form a ‘super-choir’ made up of some of the region’s best voices. The resulting 26-member Soweto Gospel Choir perform a non-stop pageant of inspirational a capellas, tribal dancing, drumming and contemporary spirituals energized with a live band in concert, and capture the essence of their live exuberance on this fabulous release from Shanachie.