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Soweto Gospel Choir African Spirit

  • Words: David Katz
  • Label: Shanachie
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

There is no doubting the harmonic brilliance of the Soweto Gospel Choir, and although some tracks here suffer from glossy overproduction, African Spirit provides a sense of the group's emotive power. Tight points include a moving rendition of Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You," Jimmy Cliff's "Sitting in Limbo," and the traditional "Rivers of Babylon," as well as sensitive renditions of South African folk songs like "Sefepano," "Shosholoza," and "Hlohonolofatsa." However, a definite low comes in the sadly incongruous appearance of U2's "One," taken from a live concert in which the group backed Bono in South Africa.

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