The Soweto Gospel Choir to perform in Bunbury

In honour of the father of their rainbow nation Nelson Mandela, the award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will take to the stage at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on July 11.

Bunbury is one of almost 50 locations across Australia to be part of the 'Freedom' tour, which recently received its third Grammy award for Best World Music Album.

The choir have been touring the globe for 20 years with some of the best artists in South Africa, sharing the stage with the likes of U2, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion and Josh Groban.

Choir producer Andrew Kay said choir members were thrilled to return to Australia and promised an uplifting show for audiences of all ages.

"The group continues to inspire fans worldwide, but the reaction we get from audiences in Australia is unforgettable," he said.

"We hope that our uplifting message of hope, faith, and joy reaches audiences new and old on this special return visit as we celebrate the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela."

The dynamic choir performs both traditional and contemporary music, with vibrant costumes, incredible vocals and uplifting songs in six of South Africa's eleven official languages.

Choir member Mary Mulovhedzi was born in Soweto and said she was the bread-winner of her family.

"The show is all about freedom - it's a tribute to Nelson Mandela and all of the unnamed fallen heroes," she said.

"It is very important, in our own way we try to tell the story about South Africa and Soweto.

"In the manner of singing everyone can understand - even when you don't understand the language.

"The way we send our messages is through our dancing, through the way we move our hands."

Mulovhedzi said the highlight of the show for her was the opening

"The opening, it will tell you the whole story of the show," she said.

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