Soweto Melodic Voices have reached France! Grégoire Sauvage, journalist at Radio France International, came to St John's Church last Friday in order to interview Neria Madikane, the choir director of SMV and record the performance.
Here is the recorded report about Soweto Melodic Voices and its transcription. This transcription has been translated from the French, except for Neria's words (The interview which was originally conducted in English).
RFI: "They are 40 on St John’s stage, evoking their country’s wounds and mourning the father of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ with powerful and melodious voices."
RFI: "These singers from African townships are all aged 15 to 25 and already can do everything: singing of course, but also dancing and acting. An incredible display of talents which Neria Madikane, the director of this choir she founded in 2007 with her husband, can be proud of."
Neria : “We want people to ackowledge how we felt when we had the news that he had passed on [i.e. Nelson Mandela] and take a sense of having to learn to forgive each other. This is the message that we bring along to the world.”
RFI: "Soweto Melodic Voices is performing in Edinburgh until August 23, always faithful to their motto."
Neria : “The slogan of Soweto Melodic Voices is ‘We sing when we’re happy, we sing when we’re sad’”.
Grégoire Sauvage for Radio France International (RFI)
Transcription and translation: Sandrine Cazalet, just festival