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Soweto Gospel Choir: the artist of my day

        Recently I wrote on how Classical Artist, André Rieu was gonna be joining the multi-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir on his South Africa tour

About Soweto Gospel Choir and awards:
Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November, 2002. In December, 2002 their first album “Voices from Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US.  Soweto Gospel Choir has won many award both national and International awards.

In 2003, Soweto Gospel Choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for “Best Contemporary Music Concert”. In the same year, American Gospel Music Award for “Best Choir”. 
In June 2007 Soweto Gospel Choir was the support act for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at their concerts in Germany. To add to their string of national and international awards, in November 2007 Soweto Gospel Choir won a Metro FM Music Award for Best Gospel Album  for “African Spirit”, based on nominations submitted by the radio station’s listeners, and the public.   In February 2008, the choir was awarded a second Grammy Award for their third album “African Spirit”, in the “Best Traditional World Music” category.   Also in February 2008, the choir was honoured with the PanSALB Award for  Multilingualism and Nation Building, for “Album of the Decade”. They performed with Celine Dion during her “Taking Chances” tour of South Africa.  
Soweto Gospel Choir received its third Grammy nomination in December 2008, this time in the category Best Contemporary World Music, for their album, “Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre” 

Soweto Gospel Choir was an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign and has performed at the Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York concerts with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Bono, Queen, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Clegg, Eddie Grant Amy Winehouse, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.   They have been featured in Time Magazine and are one of the selected international artists included in Andrew Zukerman’s “Music”, as part of a series of photographic books that includes the best seller “Wisdom”. 

They are UN  Envoys for Africa and recorded and performed with seven other top African artists including Angelique Kidjo, Baba Maal, Eric Wainaina, Mingas,Oliver Mtukudzi,Yvonne Chaka Chaka and HHP as part of the UN MDG “* Goals Away” campaign, during the World Cup. The choir is also an Ambassador for the 1Goal campaign, which advocates education for all, and for SHOUT which advocates Anti Crime.   Soweto Gospel Choir has founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, to assist organisations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected over R 4million for their foundation.  In South Africa, the choir performs for a variety of charitable organizations. You can read more from their site