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It all started with some acapella song performed in a small restaurant in their neighbourhood to a French tour doing the first part of a world-renowned show (African Footprint) and ended with the release of their first Soweto Entsha CD: the story of Morgan, Lwazi, Jabu and Zensele look like one of a fairy tale.
Soweto Entsha will be touring the UK in 2014 and will most probably appear again at the Edinburgh Festival. To the difference that this is pure reality.
Festival appearance in UK at Rickmansworth Festival. Sat 18th May 2013. Aquadrome Main Stage and Arena. On stage at 16.20pm.
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Flashback: A few years ago, their scene was the streets of the township with no other perspective than basking for a few rands and no fame. Their only antidote to poverty, unemployment, violence, delinquency and boredom was singing.
An ode to life, for the four friends motivated by their faith. Since childhood, every Sunday without failing their united voices celebrated the Gospel that they had listened to and sang in the choir of their school and to church.
And then… One day in July 2008, fate provided an unexpected hand. That of a French producer. Curious enough to abandon central Johannesburg (where he had come to organize the upcoming tour of African Footprint in France) to discover another reality of South Africa, one of the townships. A stop in a small local restaurant, and suddenly they were there before him, no other instrument than their vocal cords and their hands to give the beat to a “Welcome to Soweto“, in exchange of a small tip in return.
Far from knowing that the four friends had just won a ticket to a dream beyond all expectation. Indeed, for Nicolas Ferru that was it the four young boys will be performing as the first part of African Footprint in Paris and during the entries French tour that was taking place three months later. Three months of hard work for the members of what was to become “”Entsha Soweto“. They had to expand their repertoire, work on their singing skills and their choreography.
The challenge was phenomenal. Converted try! From their return of the six weeks tour across the hexagon, galvanized by the incredible journey they had just experienced, and coached locally by Colette, a friend of Nicolas Ferru.
Colette, their mentor, their conscience, their fairy godmother. It is her that guides them in their musical choices, when the project of the CD was finally materialised, her that found a recording studio where the eleven titles were recorded. It was in Paris that the album was mixed just before their return for a second tour with African Footprint in March 2010.
With the added value of a first CD filled with captivating vocal melodies and strong of their past experience the quartet is moving and captivating, the children of Soweto talented performers are the messengers of hope, they are communicating with happiness their love of Africa to their new audience. Simply breathtaking! Soweto Entsha was born.
AFRICA ENTSHA appeared at the STAFFORD ARTS FESTIVAL on Sept 15th between 3pm and 3.30pm.
They were interviewed during THE CULTURE ROOM show – between 6pm and 7pm STAFFORD FM on Thursday Sept 13th 2012.
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You will have seen Soweto Entsha at the Scotland Festival of Peace and Spirituality from 01-27 August 2012.
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