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Soweto choir on way to hat-trick

Elaine December 2, 2010 Articles Comments Off on Soweto choir on way to hat-trick

Dec 2, 2010
By Andile Ndlovu
The Times

Topping off a year in which the choir toured the globe again and [sic]:  the news of the nomination in the Best Traditional World Music Album category raised as much jubilance as on the previous occasions.

“The choir is absolutely thrilled, there was plenty of shouting when they heard the news this morning,” Beverly Bryer, their executive producer and director, said.

The choir won Grammys in 2007 and 2008.

“Each time means as much to them as the previous time,” said Bryer.

“In fact, this time probably [means] more because expectations of them were so high.

“It shows that they are still doing something special and getting recognition for it – four years later.”

She said the choir had celebrated with “cake and a small party”.

They were hoping the party will be bigger when the winners are announced on February 13.

Zwai Bala, who produced the album Grace, posted a Twitter message yesterday afternoon: “Well, I guess I am now officially a Grammy Award nominee. Forever! Dankie, siyabonga”.

Bryer said of Bala: “He is so musical and creative that he brought out the best in the choir . We had a wonderful team for this album.”

The choir was nominated alongside Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté, and Vayo.

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From the Great White North of Canada, Elaine is the owner and maintainer of SGF. Besides being a big-time Soweto Gospel Choir fan, she is passionate about world travel, technology, all sports and above all the great mangosteen fruit. Oh, and she can't sing to save her life...one love! :)

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