Local Wire

Soweto Gospel Choir

The Soweto Gospel Choir, a South African troupe that includes some 30 members, is one of the most inspiring musical performances you'll see this year. Under the direction of choir leaders David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, the group delivers elegiac layers of harmony in eight African languages from 11 separate regions of that continent. Performances termed "spellbinding" and "masterful" have ushered a new radiance into the world-famous South African gospel scene, opening up the genre to reggae, rock and hip-hop influences. While its repertoire focuses on traditional Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho gospel songs, the choir is also known for performing covers of Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff numbers. Audiences, God-fearing or not, will be transformed.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Coomey