Every once and again, the spirit moves us.
We expect quite a bit of movin' and moanin' when we attend Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir in concert at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater on Thursday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. That month, Soweto Gospel Choir will launch their fifth major North American tour, visiting more than 30 cities across the U.S. during the upcoming three months, celebrating their musical heritage that reflects the color and vibrancy of their rainbow nation and honor the life and legacy of their late President and friend, Nelson Mandela.After more than a decade of making music, the Soweto Gospel Choir continues singing traditional African spirituals for new audiences and plans to do so for many generations to come. Since its formation in 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir has captivated audiences around the globe with their glorious harmonies and uniquely blended voices and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music. Soweto Gospel Choir is also committed to philanthropic work. In 2003, the group founded its own AIDS orphan foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani.
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Choir released their fifth album, Divine Decade, a celebration of the ensemble’s past 10 years of artistic collaborations and accolades. The result of these magnetic musical partnerships is a recording which showcases the wonderful diversity of the group’s style as a gospel choir that sings across all genres of music. Opening with an address from the Choir’s Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Divine Decade features collaborations with a wide range of guest artists that exhibit the Choir’s breadth of repertoire, including: U2, Robert Plant, The Soil, Joepraize, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Solly Mahlangu, Corlea Botha, Eric Wainaina, Johnny Clegg, Paul Ruske, and HHP. Among the featured tracks include the choir’s popular hits such as “Sedilaka,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There,” and the Fish Out of Water remix of “Put On Your Boots,” their collaboration with U2.
For tickets ($45-$20), visit TrustArts.org or call 412.456.6666.