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Soweto Spiritual Singers (Vilakazi Entertainment Group and Underbelly Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

When the Soweto Spiritual Singers begin their first piece I have high hopes. As a chorus their harmonies are amazing and as soloists take to the front of the stage in the next few songs it becomes clear that their music, both acapella and instrumental, cannot be faulted. Soon, though, I have to admit I’m becoming a little bored: a reluctance to break formation and a lack of connection with the audience hampers their performance. Towards the end the show does come to life slightly – we see more character and, thankfully, movement that isn’t just the uniform swaying of the first forty-five minutes. There’s no doubting they are talented; but they didn’t blow me away.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Stephanie Gray]