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Opening concert: Soweto Gospel Choir

The opening concert in Nidaros Cathedral is a tribute to Nelson Mandela. This gospel choir radiates life and joy when its spreads its message. But behind the dancing bodies, there lies a dark backdrop.



The opening concert in Nidaros Cathedral is a tribute to Nelson Mandela. This gospel choir radiates life and joy when its spreads its message. But behind the dancing bodies, there lies a dark backdrop.

In this country, choirs stand nicely and decently, dressed alike in dresses and suits. With Soweto Gospel Choir you get something completely different. Here there are colourful creations and ardent dancing – with swaying hips, kick steps and unambiguous body language which expresses both joy and fun. This will be a vibrant and sweaty church happening with a unique nerve and audience interaction like nothing that has ever before been performed in Nidaros Cathedral. Soweto Gospel Choir gets its name from the district south west of Johannesburg in South Africa, and the singers belong to the churches in and around that area. During the apartheid regime, Soweto was built with the specific aim of housing black workers who worked for white employers in Johannesburg. The district was constructed close to South Africa’s major industrial region with large gold mines which needed a large work force. Soweto has been the centre of the antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and many famous South Africans grew up there or have lived there, among others Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

The choir are in Europe and Trondheim to pay tribute to and celebrate Nelson Mandela, who would have been 100 years old on 18 July, 2018. It has held several concerts for the patriarch and liberation hero, and also sang at his funeral. The colourfully spectacular choir will perform a wide range of freedom songs, evangelical songs and international classics. Soweto Gospel Choir gives us a sample of choral music as it will be heaven!

The choir celebrates the happiness of winning democracy, the grace of God and life’s many joys and challenges. The choir has an infectious concern for everything that surrounds us and performs its music so that we can’t help but be moved by it. If you don’t believe that, try this:

This prize-winning choir, which can boast, among other things, of Grammy Awards, was founded in 2002, and just a year later performed in the first Mandela concert in Cape Town with Bono and Annie Lennox. Since then, it has toured the world several times with many international stars. Now this explosion of a choir comes to Nidaros Cathedral and has the honour of opening St. Olav Festival 2018!

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