Soweto Gospel Choir

"It is clear that every single member of the choir is pouring their heart into the songs, and more than one of them sheds a tear during the show. They aren’t the only ones; it is so moving, and so powerful, that many members of the audience are equally as emotional. … This is a show overflowing with love, elation, heartache and triumph, and it is an absolute joy to watch." - Voice Magazine (UK)
A group of singers in vibrant, colorful garments stand raising their right fists to the air in front of a red and black patterned background.

Hailing from Soweto (South West Township), a township outside of Johannesburg and home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s democratic movement, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics.

Comprising a line-up of some of South Africa’s best vocalists, these uplifting performers have shared the stage and collaborated with the biggest names in contemporary music including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, U2, Diana Ross, Peter Gabriel, Chris Martin, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, Angelique Kidjo, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hugh Masekela and Josh Groban. 

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in 2003 at the end of the apartheid era and during South Africa’s inspiring return to Democracy. Taking part in some of the major historical events in the new democratic South Africa, Soweto Gospel Choir are proud to have performed on many occasions for the Father of their Nation, former President Nelson Mandela and sadly at his State Funeral in South Africa and at the subsequent commemorative service at Westminster Abbey in London. They were similarly invited to perform at the funeral service for the late President’s first wife, Winnie Mandela. The Choir act as Ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.  


  • Three-time Grammy Award winners including 2019 Best World Music Album for “Freedom” 
  • Performed with the biggest names in music including U2, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, and Beyoncé 
  • Over 17 million views on YouTube 
  • Spreading joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades