World famous Soweto Gospel Choir coming to Coventry’s assembly festival garden - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

World famous Soweto Gospel Choir coming to Coventry’s assembly festival garden

Ryan Smith 2nd Jul, 2022

COVENTRY will be welcoming the world-famous Soweto Gospel Choir to the Assembly Festival Garden from next week.

The 16-piece choir, who won the Best World Music Album Grammy award for their 2019 effort Freedom, will be performing between July 5 and July 31.

They are from Soweto (South West Township) just outside Johannesburg in South Africa and their music is in honour of their former president Nelson Mandela.

Mandela Day will be marked on July 18 at the midway point of the choirs’ stay in Coventry.

They will perform a range of freedom songs including Amazing Grace and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

The choir, which has performed with legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion, is presented by Andrew Kay.

He said: “The Soweto Gospel Choir members are thrilled to tour the UK after so many years of absence.

“The group continues to inspire fans worldwide but the reaction we get from audiences in the UK is unforgettable.

“We hope our uplifting message of hope, faith and joy reaches audiences new and old on this special return visit as we celebrate the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela.

Assembly festivals artistic director William Burdett-Coutts added: “Coventry is a city of peace – but also of protest – which it showed in its support of Nelson Mandela.

“It is fantastic, therefore, that Coventry is welcoming the Soweto Gospel Choir this July for a feast of uplifting, joyous music from one of the world’s best-known choirs.”

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