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One of the most exciting groups to emerge in world music, two-time GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to the Lied stage after amazing audiences in 2008. Experience traditional African music performed by this internationally celebrated choir during a single performance on March 25 at 7:30 PM.

“Soweto Gospel Choir last performed at the Lied Center in 2008,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “I still receive feedback from Lied patrons who attended that show, saying it was one of the most inspiring and uplifting performances of their lives.”

Since its formation over twelve years ago in Soweto, South Africa the two-time GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved incredible success recording five albums and garnering recognition and critical acclaim in South Africa, the United States, Australia and everywhere in between. Countless worldwide tours have taken them to dozens of the most distinguished performing arts venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Nelson Mandela Theatre and Royal Festival Hall in London where they shared the stage with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Their amazing journey began in December 2002 with the recording of their first album “Voices of Heaven.” Within just three weeks of its release in the US, that album reached the coveted No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart and by 2003, Soweto won the praises and recognition of some of the most well-respected institutions in the music industry – two American Gospel Music Awards for Best Choir and Best International Choir and the Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Concert in Australia.

On February 11, 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir received its greatest accolade yet, a GRAMMY® Award for their second album, “Blessed,” in the category of Best Traditional World Music. The group rounded off an incredible 2007 with a SAMA (South African Music Association) Award for Best Live Performance DVD, a Metro FM Music Award for Best Gospel Album and a nomination for the 26th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards for the category Contribution to World Music alongside Jimmy Cliff, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Ziggy Marley.

Since 2007, Soweto Gospel Choir has been recognized multiple times by the GRAMMY® Academy winning awards for Best Traditional World Music (“African Spirit”), three associated GRAMMYs®, Best Movie Song (“Down to Earth”) and nominations for Best Contemporary World Music (“Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre”) and Best Traditional World Music (“Grace”). Soweto Gospel Choir has even received Oscar and Emmy nods for their collaborations with Peter Gabriel in “Down to Earth,” which appeared in Wall-E, the blockbuster film, and for their performance with U2 during ESPN’s promotional campaign for the 2010 World Cup.

Soweto Gospel Choir has performed in front of illustrious audiences including President Bill Clinton, the late President Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Zanele Mbeki, Tokyo Sexwale, Samuel L. Jackson, Alfre Woodard and Carlos Santana. In December 2006, the choir performed in Sun City, South Africa for Oprah Winfrey and distinguished guests including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Sydney Poitier and Quincy Jones. They have been invited to perform on NBC’s Today Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Soweto Gospel Choir has shared the stage with dozens of the biggest names in show business including Diana Ross, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, U2, André Rieu, Peter Gabriel, Amy Winehouse, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Fats Domino and Stevie Wonder.

When they’re not performing, the members of Soweto Gospel Choir act as Ambassadors for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign. Soweto Gospel Choir also serves as ambassador for SHOUT, 1Goal, United Nation’s MDG Envoys for Africa and Interpol’s “Proud to Be” campaign. The choir has also founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, “Nkosi’s Haven Vukani,” to assist organizations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected over five million dollars for their foundation.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Friends of Lied Legends as well as Patron Friend Sponsor Chris & Kelley Baker.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Soweto Gospel Choir’s performance on March 25 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $28 for adults, $14 for students.