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Soweto Gospel Choir Jan. 18

011310EyeOnArts_SowetoThe Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will share the spirit and sound of African gospel music when it performs Monday, Jan. 18, in Aycock Auditorium.

The event is the third in the 2009-10 University Concert & Lecture Series. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $25-30 and may be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling 4-5372.

Founded in November 2002 and directed by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer, the choir is full of talent culled from the churches in and around the South African township. Members perform both traditional and contemporary music, singing in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages. Though young, the choir has gained an international following with its earthy rhythms and rich harmonies, performing with music superstars Celine Dion, Josh Groban and John Legend and on top-rated television shows “Today” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

The choir is a two-time Grammy Award winner, taking the Grammies for Best Traditional World Music in 2007 for the CD “Blessed” and in 2008 for the CD “African Spirit.” The group has also won a Metro FM Award and has been nominated for a number of other prestigious awards, including the South African Music Awards, One Gospel Award, Kora Award, Helpmann Award and Gospel Music Award.

In 2003, the choir founded an AIDS orphan foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, which it supports through its global singing engagements. The foundation supports families and organizations that receive little or no governmental funding. So far, the choir has raised over $500,000 for the foundation.