Celebrate World Ballet Day with abundance of goodwill

Soweto Gospel Choir set to perform INALA for one spectacular night only at the Royal Albert Hall

Nafisah Baba in Inala - Photo: Johan Persson

INALA, THE critically acclaimed South African Dance-Musical sensation, will celebrate World Ballet Day on October 23 with a concert spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall, bringing together the South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir (SGC) with multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE in this unique artistic collaboration. 

A celebration of South Africa today, INALA delivers all it promises; an uplifting cultural experience, powered by an explosion of live music, song and dance. 

Following the productions run at the Peacock Theatre earlier this year, INALA was performed at HRH Prince Harry’s Hampton Court Palace Sentebale Concert in June, as well as in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands.  

Talking To the Voice Newspaper earlier this year founding member of the SGC, Shimmy Jiyane spoke about the shows strong message.

“The meaning of Inala is ‘abundance of goodwill’, It’s Zulu,” Jiyane enthused.

He added: “It’s also connected to our celebration of over two decades of democracy in our country, South Africa, so it is something that is special to us as South African’s and it’s something that is special to us as people from Soweto.

Nahum McLean & Sharia Johnson with Soweto Gospel Choir – Photo: Johan Persson-min

“The music is something that surrounds us, it’s something that we grew up listening to. So when you hear us sing the songs with the emotions that we put out on stage, the way the songs have been put together, it’s something that is very special.”

Blending the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of Soweto Gospel Choir’s native musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings, Mark Baldwin’s choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Featuring world-class international dancers, the production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures live on stage, to create a unique and vibrant immersive experience. 

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