Soweto Gospel Choir and U2 honoured for 2010 fifa lyrics

2011-05-07 00:00

THE Soweto Gospel Choir has received a Sports Emmy Award for its collaboration with Irish band U2 on ESPN’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Music Presentation.

The award in the outstanding music composition/direction/lyrics category, was made at the Annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented in New York on Monday night.

Said Beverly Bryer, the choir’s executive producer/director, “We are proud to be associated with ESPN and U2 for their magnificent 2010 Fifa World Cup television campaign.”

Since the Soweto Gospel Choir’s introduction to the world eight years ago, it has amassed a growing local and international fan-base and received many local and international awards.

“It’s really exciting to add an Emmy to the choir’s three SAMA Awards, two Grammy Awards, three associated Grammy Awards and an Oscar nomination,” Bryer said. Created in late 2002, the choir was the first SA group to perform at the Academy Awards; has had two number one Billboard World Music Chart albums, and has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Akon and U2.

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