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African Spirit

The Soweto Gospel ChoirAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Soweto Gospel Choir across their 10 year history


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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Product Details

  • 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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seteng Sediba
2. Avulekile Amasango/One Love
3. I'll Remember You
4. Ke Na Le Modisa
5. Akahlulwa Lutho
6. Sitting In Limbo/This Little Light Of Mine/M'Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni/If You Ever Needed The Lord
7. Izwi Lahlab' Inhiziyo Yami
8. Africa
9. One
10. Hlohonolofatsa
11. Hosanna
12. Sefapano
13. Rivers Of Babylon
14. Modimo
15. Balm Of Gilead
16. Forever Young
17. Somlandela
18. Shosholoza
19. World In Union

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Product Description

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.

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Wonder "African Spirit" February 25, 2007
By Kenya L
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars African music August 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Soweto, Soweto, Soweto... May 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good December 20, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
I really enjoyed it. The Soweto Gospel Choir is excellent they never disappoint. Rich vocals, full sound and amazing harmony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album that's very enjoyable 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Filled!! April 13, 2012
By GerriJo
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no sound like the Soweto Gospel Choir
There is no sound like the Soweto Gospel Choir. The driving rhythms, the excellent and exuberant vocals, and the sheer spirit of joyful worship that characterize "African... Read more
Published 18 days ago by M. B. Tuttle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this cd
Published 1 month ago by Bram Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars what can you say?
No one, that is NO ONE, can do what the Soweto Choir can do. What a combination of joy let loose and total control. Just great.
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Bogen - author of The Witch of Leper Cove
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Music
Exceptional music performed by exceptional singers. This group sings gospel songs in their native language and in English, all to the glory of God.
Published 7 months ago by Carmen Maria Incorminias
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Loved this cd. Reminded me of The Lion King. Acapella and instrumented songs are on it. Worth every cent. i highly recommend this cd for a change of music pace.
Published on February 8, 2012 by travis lee marshmon
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife LOVES this CD
While I greatly enjoy this CD (4 stars), my wife absolutely LOVES IT (5 stars)! I'm not particularly big on mainstream Christian music or Protestant hymns... Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by dvnwrrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD for gospel music lovers
The Soweto Gospel Choir has been added to my collection of world music. I have followed their rise throughout the years and enjoy their music very much. Read more
Published on March 13, 2009 by P. A. Navarro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cd!!!!!
I just returned from visiting South Africa and had the experience to worship with some of these songs so I had to buy the CD. Its amazing, encouraging, and so uplifting. Read more
Published on October 4, 2007 by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
It's not too often that a CD grabs me and leaves me breathless or makes we want to replay it over and over, but this one?! Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by Andrea Patterson
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