Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Blessed, the new Soweto Gospel Choir CD, takes their irresistible blend of traditional South African music, gospel and inspirational pop one step further with some awe-inspiring South African hymns and great versions of such classics as 'Oh Happy Day', 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight', 'I Bid You Goodnight' and 'Khumbaya'. Shanachie. 2006.
The Soweto Gospel Choir: Joshua Mcineka (guitar); Mpupile Mathibe (saxophone); Vusimuzi Shabalala (keyboards); Lucas Bok (bass instrument); Mandla Modawu (drums); Sipho Ngcamu, Bongumusa Mabaso (percussion).
It takes a talented choir to make "Khumbaye" sound fresh again, and this South African choral unit has what it takes. On their 2006 Grammy-nominated album, BLESSED (the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2005 debut), the multilingual group perform goosebump-inducing renditions of gospel classics like "Oh Happy Day" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," as well as Zulu spirituals and township jive. With more than 30 wonderful singers doing their best on excellent material, this is musical Prozac with no harmful side effects.