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South African Choir win their 3rd Grammy at this year’s award ceremony

Soweto Gospel Choir scoops their third Grammy at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Multiple award-winning South African gospel group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, won the Best World Music Album Grammy for their album Freedom at the recently held 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Los Angeles, California.

The Best World Music Album is for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental world music recordings. Other nominees included Nigerian musician Omara “Bombino” Moctar; Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara; and Nigerian musicians Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

This was the Soweto Gospel Choir’s fifth nomination in this category and they have won the award three times for Blessed in 2007, African Spirit in 2008 and now Freedom.

Freedom was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group`s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations and it features a selection of South African Struggle songs.

The album was released in the US where the group has just completed a successful three-month long tour. The group is set to tour Australia this year in July through to September.

The choir was formed in Soweto in 2002 by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, two choir directors, to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. It consists of more than 30 members. Last year the group performed “Halo” alongside American musical powerhouse Beyoncé at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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