The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir announce four-month long Australian tour

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The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir announce four-month long Australian tour

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Expect beautiful renditions of the protest music of the Civil Rights Movement, including works by legendary artists James Brown, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.

Prepare to be uplifted as the three-time Grammy®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir takes center stage during their exhilarating four-month tour across Australia. Their highly acclaimed show, HOPE, promises to captivate audiences nationwide with its powerful melodies and soul-stirring performances, commencing in August.

With a staggering 69 shows lined up across the mainland states and territories, the choir aims to bring their enchanting songs of power and inspiration to major cities as well as regional destinations throughout the country.

Regional Victorian Dates

    • Westside Performing Arts Centre, Mooroopna – 12 October
    • West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul – 13 October
    • Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – 15 October
    • Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – 17 October
    • Ballarat Civic Hall, Ballarat – 19 October
    • Costa Hall, Geelong – 22 October
    • Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, Bairnsdale – 26 October
    • The Wedge, Sale – 27 October
    • Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston – 29 October
    • Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta – 31 October

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Presented by the talented Andrew Kay, Soweto Gospel Choir’s latest show pays homage to the music of protest and freedom, transporting audiences from Mandela’s South Africa to the Civil Rights Movement of 1950s America, led by the iconic Martin Luther King.

Reflecting on this exciting tour, Andrew Kay shares, “It’s always a special treat to bring the unique and inspirational power of Soweto Gospel Choir to Aussie shores. The energy and presence they bring is unparalleled, and following a smash season at the 2023 Adelaide Fringe, we’re excited to share their extraordinary talent with the rest of Australia.”

As a highlight of the tour, the choir is ecstatic to perform for one night only at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on October 10, as part of the iconic venue’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Additionally, two blockbuster performances will take place during the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs on September 16 and 17.

The journey through HOPE commences with a soul-stirring program of South African freedom songs, transporting listeners back in time. From there, the repertoire transcends to the United States, featuring beautiful renditions of protest music from the Civil Rights Movement. Prepare to be moved as the choir pays homage to legendary artists such as James Brown, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, and the incomparable Aretha Franklin.

While in Australia, the Soweto Gospel Choir will also join forces with the renowned Australian DJ Groove Terminator for a joyous celebration of house music titled “History of House.” Audiences in Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, and Castlemaine can prepare to groove to the infectious rhythms of this unique collaboration, spanning eight highly danceable shows.

Founded to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, Soweto Gospel Choir draws upon the immense talent found in the numerous churches in and around Soweto. Dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through their music, the choir has received critical acclaim and adoration from audiences worldwide for their powerful renditions of African American spirituals, gospel, folk, and contemporary music.

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