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Concert Review: Soweto Gospel Choir at Montreal Jazz Festival

Exuding a joy that can't be faked

Soweto Gospel Choir, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Soweto Gospel Choir, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013

The Soweto Gospel Choir is nothing less than an international treasure. Since making its performance debut in Cape Town in 2003, during the first of Nelson Mandela’s “46664” concerts to raise awareness about AIDS/HIV, the South African choir has quickly established itself as a major force on the world music scene.

It’s collaborated with such stars as Bono, John Legend, Celine Dion and Robert Plant, won two Best Traditional World Music Album Grammys (in 2007 and 2008) and filled concert halls across the globe. The choir is now celebrating its 10th anniversary by doing what it does best, sharing its one-of-a-kind blend of gospel, world music, reggae, traditional spirituals, folk and pop with eager listeners.

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