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The three-time Grammy winning ensemble, Soweto Gospel Choir will take the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre’s (MECC) stage this August with harmonies and vocals that will leave audiences mesmerised.

Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, a township off the city of Johannesburg (South Africa).

Mackay audiences can expect songs and anthems from the Freedom movement of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa, and beautiful renditions of the protest music of the Civil Rights Movement, including works by legendary artists James Brown, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, and the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.

Manager of the MECC Andrew Bobeldyk said the MECC team were thrilled to welcome the choir to Mackay.

“The Soweto Gospel Choir have incredible stage presence. These artists have performed alongside some of the biggest names in music including Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and Red Hot Chili Peppers,” he said.

“Their harmonies will leave you wanting more, this is African Gospel music at its very best,” he continued.

The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music and has received critical acclaim and audience adoration for their powerful renditions of African American spirituals, gospel and folk music. The choir performed many times for the late Nelson Mandela, sadly including his state funeral in South Africa and at the subsequent commemorative service at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is suited for all ages and interests, including community and school choir groups.

“I strongly encourage anyone who has also worked in or with a choir, to come along. I know you will appreciate the teamwork behind this performance,” Mr Bobeldyk commented.

Soweto Gospel Choir is a concert that will live forever in your hearts, audiences can book tickets via

What: The MECC presents Soweto Gospel Choir - Hope

When: Sunday 27 August 2023, 7.30pm

Where: MECC Auditorium


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