Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

The Soweto Gospel Choir to star in INALA, a Zulu Ballet, in London

Following a sell-out run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, a Royal Variety Performance appearance and a phenomenal 2015 tour, INALA will return to the UK in 2019.

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The production will bring together the three-time Grammy® Award-winning South African choral legends, Soweto Gospel Choir with an international cast of dancers, choreographed by the former head of Rambert Mark Baldwin OBE. 

INALA in London

It’s five years since the ground-breaking phenomenon that is INALA – A Zulu Ballet – was first performed at the Edinburgh International Festival to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa.  A huge hit, it sold out the largest theatre in Europe, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations.  And now, the show will receive its West End premiere at The Peacock in London playing from 30 April to 18 May. 

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Photograph © Jane Hobson.

About the show

INALA, meaning ‘abundance of goodwill’ in Zulu, delivers all it promises – an uplifting live experience, powered by a cultural explosion of music, song and dance. Featuring world-class dancers from companies including The Royal Ballet and Rambert, the critically acclaimed production embraces an exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures live on stage, to create a unique, immersive experience.

The score

INALA’s original score was composed in a glorious collaboration by four-time Grammy® Award-winning South African choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala and the British composer Ella Spira. 

Blending the intricate rhythms and infectious harmonies of their native musical roots with live percussion, piano and strings, Mark Baldwin’s choreography unites Zulu traditions with classical ballet and contemporary dance, performed by an exceptional company of 20 dancers and singers.  The music for INALA was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and was Grammy® Award-nominated in 2016 for Best World Music Album. 

The Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir come to London fresh from their recent Grammy® Award win for Best World Album. Formed in September 2002 to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African Gospel music, Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the very best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, sharing the joy of faith and tradition through music.

To book
tickets log onto or call the box office: 020 7863 8222. The Peacock is in
Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT.

**** ‘Mark Baldwin’s glorious ‘Zulu ballet’. An intoxicating spirit of joy that radiates from the entire piece. A massive Hit!’ – Daily Telegraph

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