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South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir Clinches Best World Music Award Ahead Of Seun Kuti

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SOUTH AFRICA’S SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR CLINCHES BEST WORLD MUSIC AWARD AHEAD OF SEUN KUTI

BlackBox Nigeria reports that Afrobeat artist, Seun Kuti has failed in his bid to bring home the Grammy awards losing out to South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir.

 

Multiple award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir scooped up the Best World Music Album trophy for their album “Freedom” at the 61st Grammy Awards, held at a glittering event in Los Angeles last night, Sunday February 10th 2019.

Information has it that this was the group`s fifth nomination in this category and they have now won the prestigious award a total of three times.

 

Receiving the award on behalf of Soweto Gospel Choir were album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse  Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group with Producer/Director Beverly Bryer 17 years ago.

 

BlackBox Nigeria gathered that Soweto Gospel Choir are no strangers to international and African accolades and awards, having previously won an EMMY for their collaboration with global pop icons U2 as part of ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage, (tied with Rihanna and Jay-Z’s Superbowl performance), as well as four South African Music Awards among others. The group was also nominated for an Oscar for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel on the theme song for the film “Wall-E”.

 

The Grammy Award-winning album “Freedom” was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group`s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations. It features a selection of South African struggle songs including their scintillating version of Johnny Clegg`s poignant “Asimbonanga”. The album was released in the United States where the group has just completed a highly successful three-month long tour.

 

One will recall that Seun Kuti was nominated for his 2018 released album, ”Black Times”.

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