The Soweto Gospel Choir.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is set to thrill audiences in Bendigo  and Castlemaine in late August as part of a huge nationwide tour.

Following the release of their Grammy Award winning album Freedom, the ensemble will tour Australia in July and August across 48 venues.

General manager and bass singer Mulalo Mulovhedzi said that Freedom is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and is offered as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Based in South Africa, the choir started in Australia as an idea of promoter Andrew Kay.

The choir has seen plenty of fresh faces in recent years, as previous members embark on solo careers.

“We have lots of young people in the choir now and about 40 per cent of the original members,” Mr Mulovhedzi said.

Known for their charismatic and energetic performances, the choir’s latest tour will take audiences on a journey.

“This is about showing the apartheid era to where South Africa is now as a country,” Mr Mulovhedzi said.

“It is emotional, but also healing. It teaches people that you can forgive,” he said.

The Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Tuesday, August 27 and Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal on Thursday,
August 29.

For tickets and more information, visit sowetogospelchoir.com