SOUTH AFRICAN GOSPEL
Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Soweto Gospel Choir: Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming
Weis Center Concert Hall
The run time for the performance is approximately 110 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.
6:40 PM-7 PM - Pre-show interview with one of the artistic members, facilitated by Tanisha Williams
Out of the darkness comes a new dawn. In a concert of hope commemorating and
remembering the freedom movements in South Africa and the United States, the three-
time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy and inspiration to us all. An
unforgettable night starts with a rousing program of some of the South African freedom
songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation, then moves to the United States with beautiful
and heartfelt renditions of the music of the civil rights movement featuring works by
legendary artists such as Billy Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and
the one and only Aretha Franklin.
Hailing from Soweto (South West Township, South Africa), a town 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.
The 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 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’s patron is human
rights activist and Noble Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and are proud
to act as ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. SowetoGospelChoir.com
Adults: $35 | Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $28 | Youth 18 and under: $25 | Bucknell
employees and retirees (limit 2): $25 | Bucknell students (limit 2): $10 | Non-Bucknell
students (limit 2): $25
Sponsored, in part, by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, WNEP and Martha and Alan
Barrick, and Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.