Soweto Soul

Soweto Soul pays tribute to the musical soul of the South African townships. In collaboration with South African artists the Dutch producer/guitarist Joep Pelt fuses music styles as Pennywhistle Jive, Hip-Hop, Mbaqanga and Kwaito. The result is a dynamic show that will move the crowd!

The idea of Soweto Soul was born when Joep Pelt visited South Africa in 2010 to make a radio documentary about the country’s music culture. As Joep struck up collaborations with Hammond organist Black Moses Ngwenya of the Mbaqanga group Soul Brothers and rapper Zulu Boy, it became clear to him that the musical dynasties were rarely in touch with each other. Also Joep found that many of the older musicians who he considered to be legendary, such as the country’s first electric bass player Joseph Makwela from the Makgona Tsohle Band or Pennywistle legend Lemmy Special, were virtually forgotten and unemployed.

Together with musicians from all corners of South Africa’s musical landscape, Joep wrote and recorded a series of songs that bring together different musical worlds from the townships. Soweto Soul brings you a new sound built on these traditions.

The creative process was followed and filmed by the filmmakers Bart Verhoeven and Jesse Bom and rendered into a full length documentary that tells the story of South Africa’s musical history through the Soweto Soul project. The documentary will be shown on several festivals.

Bookings: Radar Agency (Rob van de Bosch)
Phone: +31 20-2333 697

Bookings: Griot Agency (Wulf  v. Gaudecker)
Phone: + 49-4381-40 40 967

Distribution Benelux: Xango Music
Phone: +31 (0) 6 260 263 60

Soweto Soul Summer Tour 2017!


07 July – FestivalderAa (Schipborg, NL)

14 July – Pole Pole (Gent, BE)

15 July – Sommerfestival der Kulturen (Stuttgart, DE)

16 July – Glana Mundo (Geleen, NL)

29 July – Bardentreffen (Nürnberg, DE)

30 July – Afrika Tage Tübingen (Tübingen, DE)

04 August – Hiesige & Dosige (Scheibbs, AT)

05 August – Weinturm Open Air (Bad Windsheim, DE)

06 August – African Music Festival (Emmendingen, DE)

11 August – Afro-C Festival (Bredene, BE)

12 August – Zomerterras (Vlaardingen, NL)

13 August – Vondelpark Theater (Amsterdam, NL)

18 August – Mare de Agosto (Azores, PT)

20 August – Zomerparkfeest (Venlo, NL)