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One of the most recognized and superlatively talented choirs in the world, Soweto Gospel Choir has just released their latest offering titled, Divine Decade. This incredible album is part of the choir’s ten years of existence celebration.

The choir flexes its impressive vocal strength with a host of talented musical friends joining them on Divine Decade. The album showcases their ... Read more in Amazon's The Soweto Gospel Choir Store

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000JUB8W0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the short time since their first CD release, Soweto Gospel Choir has become one of the most celebrated world music groups performing today. Their releases have hit the Top Ten of the Billboard World Music Charts and their coast-to-coast tours have electrified audiences across the country. They have been featured on the Conan O'Brien show, Emeril Live, A & E's 'Breakfast With The Arts', NPR's 'Morning Edition' and many other major media outlets. This is the third Choir's CD, is their most accessible project yet with an irresistible mix of their versions of internationally-know inspirational songs and distinctive South African gospel, including some of the songs that have received the greatest response from their audiences.

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For their third album (the previous release, Blessed, won a 2007 Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album), the now-world-famous ensemble of brave, passionate survivors, many of whom are living with HIV and AIDS, has crafted another heartbreakingly beautiful and inspiring program. They raise their voices in praise and hope, at peace with what cannot be changed but not remotely resigned about how to deal with it. The set list concentrates predominantly on South African spirituals but also includes pieces composed by Bono/U2 ("One"), Bob Dylan ("Forever Young"), and reggae icons Jimmy Cliff ("Sitting in Limbo"), and Bob Marley ("One Love"). There is even a rendition of "The World in Union", official anthem of 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, which is in turn based upon the "Jupiter" movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets. Some listeners may cavil at the crossover tracks, and Bono, heard live with the choir, certainly isn't shy about claiming his share of the spotlight. But building exclusionary fences around music has, thankfully, always been a colossal waste of time. Of whatever origin, each track is a miracle of fellowship, professed belief, and positive striving, interpreted by soloists and choristers of soul-deep, indestructible genius. --Christina Roden

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Very uplifting and energizing.
Ann Segal
It is one where you shoudl buy the whole album - not pick and choose your favorite songs.
Carrie Schmidt
It's an uplifting wonderful blend of voices.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
So far, every CD Soweto Gospel Choir has done has been better than the last. Their third studio album is a gorgeous mix of African music, sacred music, and secular folk.

It's hard to name a standout in this CD. "One Love" the Bob Marley cover with Bono as the guest singer is pretty amazing, but Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" is an unforgettable choral adaptation. "I will Remember You" is a wonderful R&B-gospel song that I suspect we'll hear much more of.

Instrumentation is simple--mostly just percussion and they don't need much else. The choir sings almost with one voice--the harmony and timing is right on. Members of the group sing in 8 African languages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenya L on February 25, 2007
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I found this CD to be the best so far by the Soweto Gospel Choir, (I have all 3 CDs)I found some great stuff on the albums by Soweto Gospel Choir. "African Spirit" I found to be the best so far. I like track (2)awesome medley with Bob Marley's "One Love" and interesting arrangement, track (3)and (16)great arrangements, for me all the Gospel songs on the album were beautifully put together but tracks 5,6,11 and 14 really hit home especially track 5, awesome arrangement.

The thing that hits you first is the magnificent vocals, as only a choir coming from Africa can give, the fact that vocals play such an important part make it great. You can't lose buying this album, I have not put it down since getting it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph K. Senter on August 27, 2007
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This is very beautiful music that requires no translation.
It is sung in the ZULU language which touches the soul of the listener. I enjoyed it immensely and hope that others will find it as pleasing as did I.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly P. Hudson, MA on May 13, 2007
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I saw this group in Seattle last month and fell in love with the spirit on stage and now I have the sounds in my home. The next time they visit this city, I will go see them again! They are uplifting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Hammond on December 20, 2013
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I really enjoyed it. The Soweto Gospel Choir is excellent they never disappoint. Rich vocals, full sound and amazing harmony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Schmidt on May 29, 2013
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Just an amazing album. You can listen to it over and over again without tiring of it. It is one where you shoudl buy the whole album - not pick and choose your favorite songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Werner on January 21, 2013
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I really enjoy this album. They have quite a variety of songs though; I mainly enjoy the more traditional African sounding songs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GerriJo on April 13, 2012
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Although the choir says African filled-it is truly a spirit filled and wonderful CD-includes favorites from gospel and Soweta's best-
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