Soweto Gospel Choir
Songs of the Free
Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela
The spectacular Soweto Gospel Choir returns to North America with Songs of the Free, a special program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Songs of the Free includes South African classics, freedom songs, and gospel music loved by the late South African president.
The two-time Grammy Award-winning choir, an awe-inspiring twenty-member ensemble, thrills audiences across the globe with its blend of African gospel music, spirituals, and American popular songs. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies, sung in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages, combine for a performance that uplifts the spirit.
“Hailing from the township that was at the heart of South Africa’s long struggle against apartheid, this choir has the spirit of gospel deep in its blood—and it shows,” writes a Washington Post reviewer.
Foxdale Village, A Quaker-Directed Continuing Care Retirement Community
This presentation is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative, which seeks to: immerse an array of people in the performing arts; educate the community about cultures and art forms different from the familiar; influence thinking so we become a community that embraces diversity and promotes inclusion; ensure the activities of the collaborative have a sustainable impact on the community. Funds from across Penn State and throughout the community support the initiative. The University’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee provides lead funding. Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support.