Soweto Gospel Choir is nothing less than an international treasure. Since its formation in 2002, it has received more accolades than any other choir in the world, and this June, its members will grace the stage as special guest performers during Ben Harper’s tour to South Africa.
Ben Harper and Soweto Gospel Choir will perform in Cape Town on 4 June at the Grand Arena, GrandWest and in Pretoria on 6 June at the Sun Arena Time Square in Menlyn.
It is almost impossible to imagine a more soulful match. Harper, who grew up on a heavy diet of gospel, folk and blues is delighted to work on a collaboration with the celebrated choir for his South African tour. Both share decades-spanning history of moving and inspiring audiences across the world with powerful music and mesmerising showmanship. They each boast three Grammys among their impressive respective awards tallies. June will mark only the second home-soil concert performance of Soweto Gospel Choir since their third Grammy win, making it a must-see opportunity for fans before they leave SA shores again in July.
Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy to people around the globe for the past 17 years, and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including U2, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban and the late Aretha Franklin. It has been a special guest at the MTV Africa Music Awards and the AFRIMA (All Africa Awards), performed with Eddie Vedder and Beyonce at the Global Citizen Mandela 100 concert in Johannesburg, and earned the distinction as the only South African music act to ever perform at the Oscars. The choir’s collaboration with U2 added an Emmy to their collection, and their recording with Peter Gabriel for the Disney Pixar film Wall E earned them an Academy Award nomination.
Soweto Gospel Choir is known for the incredible energy and spirit the members bring to their music, as they fill the stage with their vibrant costumes, incredible vocals and songs that uplift and raise audiences to their feet.
The choir’s repertoire will include a mix of African gospel, traditional and international classics, dancing and drumming.
Tickets for the Ben Harper Live in SA tour are available from howler.co.za/BenHarper