Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Gospel goes Global
The world-renowned South African Grammy Award winning world music group, Soweto Gospel Choir, has inked a deal with Universal Music`s prestigious Classics label in the United States that will see the group`s current album "Divine Decade" distributed throughout North America and Canada.
Since their formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has racked up a string of accolades that would be the envy of even the biggest global pop star, including among others:
The No.1 spot on Billboard`s World Music Chart with their debut album "Voices from Heaven".
An American Gospel Music Award for "Best International Choir".
2 Grammy "Best Traditional World Music" Awards for their albums "Blessed" and "African Spirit".
An Emmy Award for their collaboration with U2 for ESPN's 2010 FIFA World Cup promotion.
An Oscar nomination for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel for Disney's "Wall-E".
Performances and collaborations with superstars as diverse as Celine Dion, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, BeBe Winans, Peter Gabriel, John Legend, U2, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin and many more.
NB see attached `The Story..So Far" for a full breakdown of international and local awards as well as career highlights.
Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO, Universal Music Classics had this to say about the signing " Soweto Gospel Choir has been a powerful and important presence on the American scene, bringing their inspiring music to concert halls across the US. Universal Music Classics is proud to be part of the Choir's 10th Anniversary celebration as we release "Divine Decade" in conjunction with their Spring 2014 US tour. Universal Music MD, Randall Abrahams, commented " The choir have been a fixture on the international touring circuit and are one of South Africa's most significant musical assets. I'm extremely happy to see this landmark album released in the US market. I believe it will garner a diverse audience of listeners who will be enthralled by the choir's songs and arrangements"
The choir`s "10th Anniversary Celebration" US tour kicks off in Florida on February 4 before rolling across America over two and half months, ending in Arizona on April 19. Soweto Gospel Choir`s 6th album, "Divine Decade", which celebrates the group`s 10th anniversary, was released to critical and commercial acclaim earlier this year.It features collaborations with a host of international and national stars including among others, U2, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Robert Plant, Johnny Clegg and Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Ladysmith Black Mambazo .
10 years on and the Soweto Gospel Choir continues to set the standard in inspirational music .
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