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Voices From Heaven

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

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B0006TRO6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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South African choral music is renowned for passionate singing and soul-stirring harmonies. The Soweto Gospel Choir is made up of top talent from throughout that hard-scrabble yet celebrated Township. All sixteen tracks were seemingly recorded studio-live with no overdubbing or after-the-fact prettying-up. Paradise Road is led by a powerful pair of female voices who sing in English about walking hand-in-hand toward a place where there will be no more pain. It is almost unbearably poignant. A ceremonial yet ecstatic version of "Amazing Grace" renews the power and grandeur of a seriously hackneyed hymn. The selections are either sung a cappella or accompanied by a guitar-led mbaqanga combo, plus drums, hand-clapping, stamping, exhortations, whistling ,and high-pitched ululations. There is even a taste of sacred R&B and hip-hop! The lord being praised here is obviously a robust but loving realist; the voices are redolent of humanity in all its fragile, undying splendor. --Christina Roden

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! February 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo and have been longing to hear some female voices with the same kind of tight harmony and vocalizations, this is the CD for you. This is an amazingly talented group of people. Soweto Gospel Choir members speak 11 African languages and sing in 8 plus English. You'll also hear the 'clicks' and ululations which make African music so distinctive.

The choir is also touring in the US for a while. If you get a chance, a listen to this group is definitely an uplifting experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
High quality and excitement throughout. Most are easy to recognize as gospel music, even when the specific form is unfamiliar. Songs vary in approach and language. Some are distinctly tribal in origin; others sound Caribbean, some are clearly American, old-school soul in origin. And much in between. But they tend to certain attributes. The core of each song is a steady, communal, simple chant. Songs feel like they are blocked out, and the chorus works through each song in blocks. Some have complex harmonies or even layers of separate parts of the chorus. Others seek the sacred in simplicity. One or two solo voices sing above the chorus in a much more individual, excited, complex, fervent spirit. Solos are mainly female; a few male voices. Individual leads effectively voice their wild devotion over the rock-solid steadiness of the community. Drums typically appear, usually in sparse, syncopated role, and always supporting the voices. Simple but stinging electric guitar accompanies a few pieces. Stand-outs: tr 3-Thina Simnqobile (Close, steady communal chant. Deep female voice above. Quick, light, syncopated drums. Precise clapping in complex rhythms. Ululating.) [56:33]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTH AFRICAN HARMONY AT ITS FINEST November 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Purchased Voices From Heaven,after seeing a live

performance of "Blessed." While the audio only album

cannot fully describe the songs on this album,the way

a live video can,it was still very enjoyabloe.The harmony

was at times "soul wrenching." The presentation,

captivating!

My favorite songs were: "Ahuna Ya Twanag Le Jesu" (Nobody

Like Jesus,)The classic South African Lullabye "Thula Baba"

and the Johnny Clegg standard "My African Dream." This was

an outstanding performance.I wish I had seen it live.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A display of God's gifts February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I not only bought the CD i was blessed to watch them live on their current tour of the United States. When the concert was over it was obvious that everyone wanted more and i could hear a little voice behind me saying "encore". What a refreshing sound from such a small group and they sing with such passion and joy! I recommend this album to everyone who wants to hear real voices sing. An amazing display of God's gift to man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! February 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
We saw the Choir in concert last night in Providence, RI and bought the CD. It captures the energy, harmony and wonderful experience from the live concert. I just wish you could see their dancing and moves that accompany their songs.

I can't stop playing the CD. I bought copies for my family and friends. If you have a chance to see them on their US Tour - don't miss it!

You can find their tour schedule on their website: [...] They are fantastic and this CD extends last night's performance for us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting voices February 23, 2005
By M. Fine
Format:Audio CD
I saw the Choir in concert last night in Madison. The cd captures their spirit. Having seen both Ladysmith Black Mombazo last year and owning cd's of each group, I must say Voices from Heaven is even more uplifting.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If what I heard February 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
. . . during their 20 minute interview on NPR is ANY indication of the quality of this CD, then I'm in.

HOLY CITY gave me chills . . . and the other three tunes they did were absolutely amazing. The clarity of their voices was evident, even though I don't have great reception from the nearest NPR station.

Wow. I'm impressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a soothing, uplifting, spiritual CD... March 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD and "Blessed" as the first CDs I've ever owned from the South African genre of praise music. What took me so long? This music is melodic, soothing to the soul, and uplifting to the heart. Even when they sing in their native language and I don't know the words, my spirit connects with theirs and I am touched. God must love it when we praise Him melodically in heart and spirit like this. Let this CD take you into that quiet place of uplifted hands, singing lips, and dancing feet!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Mussic
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 6 months ago by Carmen Maria Incorminias
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEEEEEE!!!
I had this CD when i was wayyyyy younger then I lost it. I recently found it on amazon. I absolutely love it.
Published 7 months ago by amazonlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Perfection!
I bought this CD just for one song....Amazing Grace. And of course, I loved it. But I was also just blown away by the entire CD.... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bird in KY
5.0 out of 5 stars Album lives up to its title!
"Voices From Heaven" is an audacious name for an album, but the Soweto Gospel Choir manages to justify it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by islander
5.0 out of 5 stars Voices From Heaven
Voices from heaven CD is awesome . The songs on the CD is just what I need to gave me a lift. The words of the songs are awesome and the music is out of site. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lucia Christopher
1.0 out of 5 stars I bought it after hearing one song, but it is only good one on the...
Most of us are accustomed to being able to download individual songs, but that option wasn't available in Australia so I purchased the album on spec - and was very disappointed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by shorty
4.0 out of 5 stars great african gospel music
really good album. uplifting. some of the songs sound similar, but it's all really good. i enjoy soweto gospel choir, and would recommend this album if you're going to buy... Read more
Published 24 months ago by A Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Voices from Heaven
This is Gospel at its best: full, rich sound, brimming with goodness and passion. This music will fill your hours with deepest joy.
Published on May 23, 2012 by Irena
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is huge
Booming vocals and selected rhythms to back it up. This is a powder keg.
Published on June 11, 2008 by EugeSchu
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, memorable singing.
This album really displays the energy and distinction of this group. Great singing, great arrangements, hugely energetic and dynamic. Read more
Published on July 6, 2007 by C. Crow
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