ARTYFACTS: Soweto Gospel Choir

Monday, September 03, 2007

Soweto Gospel Choir

I came straight from Southern Africa to the Edinburgh festival and it was good to see those faces, songs and dances that are uniquely African. I spoke to a South African in Namibia who described even carjackers as essentially nice, friendly smiling guys, typically African. No disappointment here, with lots of Soweto stomping, great harmonies and joyous vocals. I preferred the purely African songs but had no problem with the gospel and blues songs – they invented the whole damn lot.


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