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'Songs from Soweto: an a cappella journey' is a short music documentary depicting life stories of five musicians from the Soweto township.
Discovered in Johannesburg, Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sibu have toured across Europe to share their talent since 2008. Their shows have generated great reviews from press and standing ovations from audience members.
Described as "very creative in combining the physical with the music" in "non-stop joyous irrepressible harmonies and rhythms" and "a sound sensation that uplifts and inspires", the five musicians and dancers have gone a long way from surviving in the streets of the Soweto township to performing in front of international audiences.
Having mastered their singing in school and church choirs, the quintet developed their unique style which combines African and popular gospel, soul, jazz, and doo-wop. Coupled with choreography that both mesmerises and leaves audiences in awe, their performances entertain, move and inspire.
The film will feature preparations for their 2014 UK performances giving viewers a rare opportunity to witness how the unmissable shows are created. More on Simply Soweto Encha at www.simplysowetoencha.com
Why is this film important?
The 25-minute documentary short film will touch upon growing-up in Soweto, the hardships of living in the post-apartheid South Africa, and the group’s road to fame despite obstacles of harsh reality back home. Raised in struggling families affected by poverty, racial divisions and troubled neighbourhoods, the performers chose music as a means of pursuing their dreams. By addressing the living conditions in the post-apartheid South Africa, the film will draw parallels between other township cultures and issues youth across the world are challenged with like poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and organised crime. By bringing a positive example of young men who, despite hardships, have strived to perform around the UK and at European festivals, the film aims to change attitudes towards underprivileged communities as well as behaviours of those struggling with similar living conditions.
The film is a project developed jointly by Just Festival (http://www.justjust.org), Simply Soweto Encha and ReelNice.
You can be part of this unique project: Give Dumi, Jabu, Morgan, Lwazi, and Sibu a chance to tell their stories from and about Soweto. See what post-apartheid Johannesburg is like and how it still impacts on opportunities young people have.
The film is being crowd-funded here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/songs-from-soweto-an-a-cappella-journey
I you join in, you can:
* Receive a private video message in gratitude for your support
* Have access to early snippets of the footage material
* Meet Simply Soweto Encha at their just Festival shows during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
* Receive a DVD copy of the documentary
* Find your name in film credits
* Receive complimentary tickets to Simply Soweto Encha shows and the film screening at Edinburgh Just Festival
* Make a change in Simply Soweto Encha's career by supporting this joint professional production
You can also help share the campaign on your Facebook and Twitter pages, and by joining a 'thunderclap': https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/7450-songs-from-soweto-documentary