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South African Gospel Choir to perform songs in celebration of freedom and civil rights in Madison Oct. 8

Soweto Gospel Choir (Photo by Lorenzo Di Nozzi)

The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform a new program called, “Hope – It’s Been A Long Time Coming,” on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Shannon Hall in commemoration of South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the Wisconsin Union Theater announced on Friday.

The three-time GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble will open the show with South African freedom songs and then move into music of the Civil Rights Movement, including works by artists James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin.

“The Soweto Gospel Choir has been touring worldwide for almost 20 years. It brightens people’s lives with its artists’ talents and stories wherever it goes,” Wisconsin Union Theater Director Elizabeth Snodgrass said in a statement. “The spirit and energy its singing and dancing put into the world are infectious. People won’t be able to stay in their seats.”

The Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates African gospel music and brings more than 50 artists from churches in and around Soweto, South Africa, together on stages across the world. The Choir is known around the world for its powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics.

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