Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa by David Mulovhedzi (†) and Beverly Bryer, two choir directors. The 30+ member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae, and American popular music. The group performed at the first of the 46664 concerts for Nelson Mandela, and has since toured internationally several times.
Their albums Blessed and African Spirit won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
On 7 July 2007 they performed at South African leg of Live Earth. Also in 2007, they joined Robert Plant in contributing to Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard), performing their version of Domino's "Valley of Tears".
In 2010 composer Christopher Tin's song "Baba Yetu," which featured the group, won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The song had originally been produced for Firaxis Games's 2005 PC title Civilization IV, but Tin enlisted the Soweto Gospel Choir to re-record the song for inclusion on his debut album "Calling All Dawns," leading to the song's nomination and award. This marked the first time a video game composition had won or been nominated for the category.
- Voices from Heaven (Shanachie Records, 2005)
- Blessed (Shanachie, 2006)
- African Spirit (Shanachie, 2007)
- Grace (Shanachie 2010)
- Soweto Gospel Choir at Allmusic.com.
- "Draw ignites FIFA World Cup fever". FIFA. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
- One song, "Valley of Tears", performed with Robert Plant.