South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir has done us proud, with a 3rd Grammy win for their album Freedom in the World Music Award Category — beating out nominees Seun Kuti from Nigeria, Bombino from Niger, Fatoumata Diawara from Mali, and Soviet’s Yiddish Glory. The SGC had been previous Grammy winners in 2007 and 2008.
Choir Master and Founding Member Shimmy Jiyane, Musical Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse (aka “Milton”), General Manager Mulalo Mulovhedzi and administrator Mary Mulovhedzi represented the 46-member choir at the 61st annual GRAMMYs in Los Angeles.
Milton (Diniloxolo Ndlakuse), producer/musical director of Freedom, shared an exclusive message with People Magazine for all their fans in SA and beyond. “With the nation commemorating Nelson Mandela’s centenary in various ways, we the Soweto Gospel Choir, found it fitting to revive the memories of our people, about the immense sacrifice and contribution they made towards liberation — by reviving some of the more popular struggle songs, lest we forget. With this Grammy win, we would like to thank our friends in SA and around the world, for their continuing support and prayer for us. Thank you immensely to our President (Cyril) Ramaphosa for a message of blessings in our album. This win is for all of you!”