Blessed [Shanachie 18 Tracks]

Blessed [Shanachie 18 Tracks]

by The Soweto Gospel Choir The Soweto Gospel Choir


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They may be the best-known exponents of South African gospel, but on this disc the Soweto Gospel Choir move outside their usual boundaries to present a program of both religious and secular music. The choice of songs is interesting, ranging from an abridged "Biko" to the standard "I Bid You Goodnight" and "Mbube" -- better known as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." That's mixed with plenty of gospel, showcasing the glorious Zulu harmonies, although in a couple of instances the sound veers much closer to American gospel, which seems a shame since their own style is so good. Think of this as a showcase of their range and talents more than anything else. There's plenty of joy and excitement in the singing, as well as the kind of sweetness that can't be taught. While this might be an attempt to win a broader audience outside their homeland (they even do a version of the South African National Anthem), and they do perform the very recognizable secular material well, you have to wonder why they felt it necessary to include it. Still, regardless of the style, there's no denying the fact that they're uplifting.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351663825
catalogNumber: 66038
Rank: 37609


  1. Shewane
  2. Asimbonanga/Biko
  3. Joko Yahao
  4. A Place in Heaven
  5. Njalo
  6. I Bid You Goodnight
  7. Lelilungelo Ngelakho
  8. Oh Happy Day
  9. Noyana
  10. Masigiye'bo
  11. Swing Down
  12. Weeping
  13. Thapelo
  14. Woza Meli Wami
  15. Mbube
  16. Tshepa Thapelo
  17. Khumbaya
  18. Nkosi Sikele'l Afrika (South African National Anthem)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soweto Gospel Choir   Primary Artist
David B. Mulovhedzi   Choir Master
Sibongile Makgathe   Soloist
Lucas Bok   Bass,Soloist
Sipho Ngcamu   Percussion

Technical Credits

P. Angel Gabriel   Composer
Robin Hogarth   Producer,Liner Notes
Fernando Perdigao   Engineer
Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven   Composer
Solomon Linda   Composer
David B. Mulovhedzi   Composer,Musical Director
Traditional   Composer
T.J. Fox   Composer
Beverly Bryer   Executive Producer
Lucas Bok   Musical Director

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