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Soweto Gospel Choir wins third Grammy Award

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World renowned South African ensemble, the Soweto Gospel Choir, were presented with another Grammy Award for Best World Album, adding to their two previously won awards.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, 10 February 2019, and the choir won for their latest music project Freedom. The producers Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane, Mary Mulovhedzi and Mulalo Mulovhedzi, whose late father David Mulovhedzi co-founded the group, accepted the award on behalf of the Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir was nominated alongside Nigerian musician Seun Kuti and legendary music band Egypt 80 for Black Times, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for the album Fenfo, Nigerian singer Bombino for Deran and Yiddish Glory for The lost songs of World War II.

The Soweto Gospel Choir won their first Grammy in 2007 for their album Blessed, followed by their second award in 2008 for their album African Spirit, both awards were in the Traditional World Music Album category.

Since the inception of the group in 2002, they have received a total of five Grammy nominations, including 2009 and in 2011 when they received similar nominations, but won the award three times.

The ensemble is hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed South African music group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo won their fifth Grammy at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony in 2018.

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