Soweto Gospel Choir get third nomination

2010-12-04 00:00

TWO-TIME Grammy Award winners, the Soweto Gospel Choir, are thrilled at being nominated for another Grammy for their fifth album Grace, in the best traditional world music album category.

A delighted Shimmy Jiyane, the choir’s leader, said he was thrilled to get the news, adding: “Each time we receive a nomination it is as exciting as if it’s the first time, and we are very proud to wave the South African flag at the Grammy Awards.”

Grace is produced by Robin Hogarth and Zwai Bala, with musical direction courtesy of Lucas Bok, Vusi Shabalala and Diniloxolo Ndlakuse. The album was engineered by Richard Mitchell under the Universal Music label.

The choir will be competing against Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngonia Ba, Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté, and Yayo for the Grammy. They are also competing, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for the best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s) for the song Baba Yetu, produced and arranged by Christopher Tin.

In 2007, the Soweto Gospel Choir did South Africa proud by winning the 2007 Grammy Award for Blessed in the best traditional world music category, and in 2008 they received their second Grammy for African Spirit in the same category.

Last year, the choir collaborated with international singer, musician and recording artist Peter Gabriel on the track Down to Earth from the film Wall-E, which won a Grammy for the best song in a movie category.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 13, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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