South African Parliament prides in Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir has won the Best World Music Album at the 2019 Grammy awards. Photo: sowetogospelchoir.com

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture has expressed delight over Soweto Gospel Choir’s 2019 Grammy Award.

“As South Africans, we are extremely proud of the choir, whose music not only inspires, but also illuminates the hearts and minds of people around the world,” said the Portfolio Committee Chairperson Xoliswa Tom.

The Soweto Gospel Choir took home the Best World Music Album at the 2019 Grammy awards. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles recently.

This is the group’s third Grammy award. They have previously won Grammys in 2007 and 2008, in the Best Traditional World Music Album category on both occasions.

This year’s award-winning album, Freedom, was the choir’s tribute to the late former President Nelson Mandela, in commemoration of his 100th birthday.

Former Public Protector, Professor Thuli Madonsela also congratulated the Soweto Gospel Choir.
“Congratulations Soweto Gospel Choir on winning another Grammy Award at #GrammyAwards. You’re a national pride and inspiration,” she tweeted.

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2002 when they recorded their first album called Voices of Heaven. This album went on to reach the first spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within three weeks of its release in the United States. The choir won their first award, a Helpmann Award in 2003.

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