BRISTOL, Conn., U.S.A. – A performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir is an amazing
sight to see.
This awe-inspiring choir impressed us with the magical way they sang in
beautiful harmony and danced in perfect unison.
We had only heard about and read about this choir and had never heard them
ourselves until their performance at ESPN.
You can believe us when we say this was definitely not what we expected – in a
The Soweto Gospel Choir is from Soweto, South Africa. The choir formed in 2002,
but it seems like they have been together for much longer. Their music sounds
like a fusion of jazz, hip hop, and gospel.
Their concert at ESPN included many soloists, even Jiyane Shimmy, the choir’s
charismatic conductor and choreographer who delighted the audience when he sang
in a sweet, high voice.
Mr. Shimmy – who shook his shoulders when he told us his name – and the rest of
the choir kept the audience captive with their spirited songs.
We could tell right away that it was going to be a wonderful show, because they
came out with very nice smiles, ready to lift peoples’ spirits, and that they
The moment they started singing, big goofy grins appeared on our faces and
happiness seemed to spread around the room. As they saw their audience getting
into the music, the choir’s performance – and their smiles – grew more and more
This choir splits when it travels; only half goes on the road while the others
stay in Soweto. If just half of them could grab the audience at ESPN, we can
only imagine what all of them sound like together.
We’re sure that would be an event worth seeing! You can see we very much enjoyed
the Soweto Gospel Choir. If you ever get a chance to see them, you should do it.
Until then, check out
the group's website.