The South African Gospel Singers will be performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Monday 18th July…making it the perfect evening out to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday (if you happen to be in the UK).

The South African Gospel Singers
The South African Gospel Singers Credit: Joyful Noise website

The choir, directed by Pinise Saul, is one of the greatest gospel choirs in the world. It was formed in 1979 to fight against apartheid, and remains true to its original spirit of creating uplifting music that lifts your soul.

On the South Bank website, the choir is described as continuing to “draw on Xhosa, Zulu and Suthu vocal traditions while embracing township and traditional harmonies, gospel, jazz and soul to create something that is beautiful and moving in the grand style of the very best South African music.

“The singers’ close harmonies combined with their skin-tight band, led by guitarist Lucky Ranku, create a performance that is both soulful and joyous. The choir’s awesome vocal power and bursting exuberance creates music that lifts your spirit and soothes your soul.”

Reviewer Jane Cornwell of the London Evening Standard newspaper described the South African Gospel Singers as ‘note perfect’.

Their performance ties in with Mandela Day (18th July) – a day on which people around the world are called on to celebrate the spirit of personal sacrifice and achievements of South Africa’s former president by making their own commitment of 67 minutes of their time to do a good deed for their local community. The 67 minutes is symbolic of Mandela’s 67 years that he devoted to the greater good of South Africa.

In celebration of this spirit and warmth of South Africa, the South African Gospel Singers are appearing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

View a video capturing the essence of the Soweto Gospel Choir:


To book tickets for Monday:

Monday 18 July | Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Tickets: 0844 847 9910 | South Bank Centre – Book Now

Other Dates/Venues in The Soweto Gospel Choir’s UK ‘African Grace’ tour :

Wednesday 20 July | Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Tickets: 01872 262466 |

Thursday 21 July | Band On The Wall, Manchester
Tickets: 0161 834 1786 |

Friday 22 July / Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Tickets: 01206 500 900 |

Sunday 24 July |Truck Theatre, Hull
Tickets: 01482 323 638 |

Tuesday 26 July | the Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent
Tickets: 01227 769 075 |

For more information, click below:

Mandela Day

The South African Gospel Singers

Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund (UK)

Joyful Noise