IN PICTURES- Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy to Coventry on Nelson Mandela Day - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

IN PICTURES- Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy to Coventry on Nelson Mandela Day

Ryan Smith 20th Jul, 2022

THE world famous Soweto Gospel Choir thrilled Coventry City Centre with a stunning performance on Monday, July 18 to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

The three-time Grammy Award-winning group provided a stirring open-air rendition of The Special AKA’s anti-apartheid protest song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ in Broadgate at midday.

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The song was written by the Special AKA’s Jerry Dammers and became an anthem that was played across the world including at sports events and rallies.

Nelson Mandela Day was first launched in 2009 to mark the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s birthday.

Picture by Marcus Mingins 2922004MMR6 copyright Bullivant Media

The choir come from the town of Soweto (South West Township), outside Johannesburg, the home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s democratic movement.

They have been performing at Coventry’s Assembly Festival Garden since July 5 and will be remaining there for the rest of the month.

Picture by Marcus Mingins 2922004MMR4 copyright Bullivant Media

Their uplifting programme of music includes a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’

Made up of South Africa’s best vocalists, the choir have been performing across the world for two decades and has performed with music icons including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is presented by Andrew Kay, and he said he hoped their uplifting message of joy and faith reached new audiences as they celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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