The 61st annual Grammy Awards celebrate the very best music released in a particular year. The award is considered the highest honour a musician could hope for in terms of awards and last night, our very own Soweto Gospel Choir took home a prestigious award in the Best World Music Album category for their album ‘Freedom’.
This was the group`s fifth nomination in this category and they have now won the prestigious award a total of three times. Receiving the award on behalf of Soweto Gospel Choir were album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group with Producer/Director Beverly Bryer 17 years ago.
The Grammy Award winning album “Freedom” was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group`s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations. It features a selection of South African struggle songs including their scintillating version of Johnny Clegg`s poignant “Asimbonanga”. The album was released in the United States where the group have just completed a highly successful three-month long tour. Further tours are planned for 2019 including an Australasian tour scheduled for July through September, and locally, a performance at this year’s Cape Town Jazz Festival in March.
We’re incredibly proud of everything the group has accomplished over the past few years and we hope they continue to share the African spirit with many others around the world for decades to come.
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