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KIRK FRANKLIN (article first published : 2007-07-19)

US contemporary gospel music star, Kirk Franklin, comes to Durban at the end of July with his 18 piece band to headline the 2007 One World Music Festival which also features the Joyous Celebrations choir.

Famed for marrying gospel to a hip-hop R&B genre, Kirk Franklin is a multi-Grammy Award-winning platinum-selling artist whose debut album Kirk Franklin and the Family spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts and became the first gospel album to go platinum. Despite his fame as a performer, Kirk Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian.

He will share the bill with South Africa’s Joyous Celebration in two concerts of inspiring contemporary gospel music. Joyous Celebration has grown from being a hit gospel show in 1996, to a formidable 34-member choir, accompanied by an eight-piece band, six-piece dance troupe and some of the youngest and finest vocal talent in South Africa. Joyous Celebration impresario, co-founder, musical director and conductor, Lindelani Mkhize is playing a meaningful role in staging this watershed music event.

The One World Concerts are an integral part of this year’s annual One World Festival which builds bridges and cements relationships between New Orleans and sister city Durban. The concert serves to create awareness about this ambitious and far-reaching initiative which aims to generate tourism jobs in the long-term, create cultural connections and be the impetus for economic engines between the two dynamic cities.

Performances take place on July 28 and 29 at ICC Durban and booking is through Computicket.

For more information, visit the website www.dowfestival.com and www.southfricaninvestmentgroup.com.




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