The Soweto Gospel Choir has won a GRAMMY Award for Best Music World Album.
The South Africa gospel group won with their album ‘Freedom’ which released in 2018.
This marks their 3rd GRAMMY Award following 2008 and 2007 wins for Best Traditional World Music Album category.
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.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards took place last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted by Alicia Keys.
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Soweto Gospel Choir are no strangers to international and African accolades and awards, having previously won an EMMY for their collaboration with global pop icons U2 as part of ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage, (tied with Rihanna and Jay-Z’s Superbowl performance), as well as four South African Music Awards and a Metro FM Music Award among others. The group was also nominated for an Oscar for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel on the theme song for the film “Wall-E”.
The group has over 30 members and blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music.
Last year the Soweto Gospel Choir was invited to perform with three-time Grammy Award winner Chance The Rapper at his 15,000 sell-out concert at the Dome.
The group also paid tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her memorial which took place at FNB Stadium last year.