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By Soweto Gospel Choir (Artist)
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Record Label   Koch Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jan 10, 2006
Publisher   E1 Entertainment
ISBN  0159507189  
EAN  0016351663825  
UPC  016351663825  

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Track Names
1.  Shewane
2.  Asimbonanga/Biko
3.  Joko Yahao
4.  Place in Heaven
5.  Njalo
6.  I Bid You Goodnight
7.  Lelilungelo Ngelakho
8.  Oh Happy Day
9.  Noyana
10.  Masigiye'bo
11.  Swing Down
12.  Weeping
13.  Thapelo
14.  Woza Meli Wami
15.  Mbube
16.  Tshepa Thapelo
17.  Khumbaya
18.  Nkosi Sikele'l Afrika (South African National

Item Description...
As on their now-celebrated debut album, Voices From Heaven, this miraculous ensemble from Johannesburg's notorious/iconic Soweto township moves between Anglican-inspired and gospel-tinged hymns plus assorted home-wrought styles. The selections, performed in four languages including English, are either presented in a cappella arrangements, backed by a guitar band with percussion or wreathed in clapping, stomping and whistles. Soloists Sipokazi Luzipo and Vincent Jiyane are especial stand-outs; the latter's performance on "Weeping" could wring tears from a stone. Other unforgettable moments include "Noyana" and "Thapelo" but it is the more well-known tunes that fully reveal the ensemble's power to transform. "Oh Happy Day," "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot," "Khumbaya" and Solomon Linda's deathless "Mbube (aka "Wimoweh" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight") are resuscitated and refreshed, as is "Nkosi Sikele'iAfrika," South Africa's soaring national anthem. The atmosphere, while moving, is in no way sad or depressing. In fact, other than the awe-inspiring beauty of the singing, which seems to build a rainbow bridge between this world and the next, the overwhelming impression is of upbeat courage, dignity, grace and hope. --Christina Roden

About the Artist
The Soweto Gospel Choir is an all-star aggregation in the vein of Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo of top singers from South Africa's famous township--Soweto. They've achieved breakthrough success in Europe (two sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall!), Africa, and Australia as their exhilarating voices create a blend of extraordinary beauty that thrills audiences everywhere.

Album Description
World, including Australia, and received numerous accolades and awards. The choir performs in the traditions of South African Gospel and members of the choir hail from many different backgrounds; hence the choir sings in a number of languages ranging from English to Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho among others. Blessed was recorded in celebration of South Africa's 10th Anniversary of Democracy. The music is uplifting and conveys a powerful spiritual message. The repertoire ranges from traditional gospel, through inspirational songs written by the choir, international favorites with unique arrangements, and modern gospel with a township and soul feel. 21 total tracks. ABC Music. 2005.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Swaying to the music  Jul 5, 2007
I read a review about the Soweto Gospel Choir's local performance in the New York Times. The NYT review of the concert was so positive, so effusive that I took note. Toward the end of the review, the article describes how enthusiastically the New York audience responded to the Soweto Gospel Choir, I thought, wow, I have to get this album. I do not usually listen to Christian or gospel music, but I really like this album. It is the perfect Sunday morning treat, along with a cup of good coffee and the newspapers. If you haven't heard the album, I recommend sampling some of the songs. Don't be surprised if you find yourself swaying to the music.
Blessed is Blessed  May 21, 2007
Excellent, voices, arrangements, musicians, songs and production. Also, fantantically, inspirational and moving.
My heart is overwhelmed  May 21, 2007
Absolutely fabulous. All of the songs on this album will touch your heart and soul. I play some of the music for my students to calm them during the afternoon, and they all enjoy Mbube and Kumbaya. This arrangement of Kumbaya is the most original and harmony laden I've heard, and it's my favorite song on the CD. A must have for anyone that enjoys listening to perfect harmonies.
Outstanding quality & power  May 13, 2007
I am not a professional musician, but I have a life-long love of gospel choir music. SGC are as good as it gets. They not only sing with personal spiritual passion (using several of the 11 official languages of the new South Africa, including several songs in English), but they also lift the corner of a veil that has hidden the real pain of living under Apartheid by including songs like "Weeping", and their now-famous national anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika".
Soul refreshing  Feb 12, 2007
Very refreshing to hear voices in music and not the modern music full of studio sound effects. These guys can sing. Even though they sing mostly in their traditional African language, you can't help but be moved by the harmony of the voices. Wish i could have been on stage to dance with them, their voices certainly make you want to dance. Wonderful and refreshing.

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