Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir comes to Asheville

The Soweto Gospel Choir will fill the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with music at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Part of the Asheville Bravo Concerts series, Soweto Gospel Choir specializes in African Gospel music.

Formed 10 years ago, Soweto Gospel Choir is from South Africa and is comprised of singers from churches in and around Soweto. Accompanied by a 4-piece band and percussion section, the group performs both traditional and contemporary music in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages.

Two-time Grammy award winners, the choir has toured around the world, performing on nearly every continent, and with other musicians like Bono, Jimmy Cliff, Josh Groben, Aretha Franklin and Robert Plant.

In 2009, the group became the first South African artists to perform at the Academy Awards when they sang “Down to Earth,” their award-winning song from the Disney film “Wall-E.”

“Soweto Gospel Choir takes this type of performance to a whole new level. It will surely be a treat for any age and musical taste,” said Asheville Bravo Concerts’ Executive Director Tracey Johnston-Crum.

Tickets for Soweto Gospel Choir’s Jan. 29 performance at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium are $15 to $60, and student tickets are half-price.

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