Soweto Gospel Choir Performs at Jesse Auditorium

6 years 4 months 1 day ago Tuesday, March 20 2012 Mar 20, 2012 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:24:00 PM CDT March 20, 2012 in News
By: Ari Alexander

COLUMBIA - The two-time Grammy Award-Winning Soweto Gospel Choir performed Tuesday Night at Jesse Auditorium.

The group sings a mix of pop classics such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "Ave Maria," gospel, and traditional African songs in six of South Africa's eleven languages. The performance started at 7 p.m. to a nearly-full Jesse Auditorium.

The group won Grammy Awards in 2007 and 2008. They won in 2007 for their CD "Blessed," in the "Traditional World Music" Category. They made it back to back in the "Traditional World Music" category for 2008's "African Spirit."

The choir has performed for Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and even at Bishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday. The list of celebrities the choir has performed with is even more impressive. The choir has performed with Bono, Aretha Franklin, Queen, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Wonder to name a few. They've come to Columbia once before, in 2006.

"People come out of the concerts happy and laughing," said Associate Producer Toni Rudov. "It's just a joyous experience and that's what the choir really love bringing to people - is joy in their lives."

The choir was formed in 2002 and travels around the world.

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