Grammy Awards 2019: South African gospel choir wins ‘Best World Music Album’

  • February 12, 2019

South African Gospel Group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, definitely hit some high notes at the 61st Grammy Awards 2019 held at Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Choir won the Best World Music Album award for their album ‘Freedom’, best known for its liberation struggle songs.

This is the choir’s third Grammy award. Their albums Blessed, African Spirit and Freedom won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007, 2008 and 2019, respectively.

South African President H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa on his social media handle showered praises for the choir. “Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high,” his statement read.

The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa, by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, two choir directors. The more than 30-member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music. The group performed at the first of the 46664 concerts for Nelson Mandela and has since toured internationally several times.

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