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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Soweto Gospel Choir Recording 'Baba Yetu'

The final stop on my tri-continental trip was Johannesburg, where I was scheduled to rehearse and record with the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, darlings of the world-music scene and perennial Grammy favorites. They will be the featured artists on my re-recording of 'Baba Yetu' for my album, Calling All Dawns.

The Soweto Gospel Choir, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing my music... now THAT'S exciting.

Here are pictures from the rehearsals:

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And here we are at the recording session:

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(On a side note, I promise that I really *do* have more poses than 'left arm raised' and 'chin down in thought', but for some reason the camera seems to catch me in one of these positions more often than not.)

Richard Mitchell did the engineering. The studio was SABC Studios Johannesburg.

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I'm very, very pleased with how it turned out. The choir has some amazing voices, and the new version of Baba Yetu is going to be awe inspiring.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous M said...

As if there weren't already enough reasons to buy the album...now this!

Release it already! :)

June 2, 2009 at 10:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://africashines.blogspot.com/2010/03/soweto-gospel-choir-in-edmonton-canada.html

March 17, 2010 at 2:30 AM

 

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