Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: 7:30pm Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2011
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Tickets: adult $70/conc $60/
Bookings: BASS 131 241 or http://www.bass.net.au
The two time Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir is back in Adelaide with another of their uplifting concerts. Only a few of the songs are sung in English and, of course, most have a religious basis, but anybody who has attended their concerts in the past will tell you that you do not have to be a Christian, nor do you need to known any African languages to enjoy a performance by this wonderful group.
This is a high energy production in which the choir barely pauses between the many songs. Much of the music is in a call and response style, the choir responding to the words of a soloist, although there are also full choir numbers as well. There is constant movement, too, with every song choreographed. Excitement and enthusiasm are words that describe this performance perfectly.
Each performer is carefully chosen resulting in a group of the finest singers in South Africa. The soloists are all terrific and the harmonies are stunning, particularly with that rich, powerful bass that we expect from African choirs.
There is much more to the performance than the singing. Brightly coloured costumes, African drums, a four piece band of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, lots of energetic dancing and plenty of lighting changes, added to the singing, make this both an aural and visual treat.
There is another side to the choir that makes them exceptional. The proceeds from their performances and sales of their CDs and DVDs are used to support charities, and they have raised enormous amounts since they began.
One thing is certain; no matter how good you are feeling when you arrive, you will feel even better when you leave. The choir are only here until Friday, so hurry for your tickets.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor, Glam Adelaide.