Share This Profile
Share this profile on Facebook.
Link to this profile on LinkedIn.
Tweet this profile on Twitter.
Email a link to this profile.
See other services through which you can share this profile.
This profile was last updated on 11/18/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Full-Time Drummer

Faith Tabernacle Church
 
Background

Employment History

  • Drummer, Singer and Dancer
  • Central Johannesburg College
  • Choir Member
    Soweto Gospel Fans

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    The Soweto Gospel Choir
Web References
Mandla Modawu | Soweto Gospel Fans
www.sowetogospelfans.com, 20 Oct 2009 [cached]
Mandla Modawu
Mandla Modawu was born in Pretoria in 1978. His father, Abram, passed away when he was ten, leaving his mother with two daughters and two sons to care for.
Mandla began singing at the age of eight at Sunday school, and at the age of 11, he joined a newly formed choir of which he is still a member.
At 15, Mandla began teaching himself drums. In 1998, he was asked to join Faith Tabernacle Church as its full-time drummer, as well as to sing and direct music.
In 2003, Mandla enrolled in Central Johannesburg College to study popular music with a major in drumming.
Soweto Gospel Choir member’s dreams of travel, music bring him to Vancouver | Soweto Gospel Fans
www.sowetogospelfans.com, 12 Dec 2012 [cached]
Modawu is one of 26 members that form the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir.
...
As a drummer, singer and dancer, Modawu fits the bill. Born in Pretoria, a tropical city known rather blandly as the administrative capital of South Africa, the musician was raised with faith front and centre in his life. Community life revolved around the church and Sunday gospel singing was something Modawu took to early.
His father, a singer and organist who passed away when he was 10, left an indelible influence. After he died, his mother supported Modawu and his brother and sister by working at a supermarket. She emphasized working hard in school. But when Modawu declared his ambitions to become a musician, she supported that, too, sending him to college to study music. It was there that Modawu would cross paths with the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2004.
"It was my dream to travel the world and after I did one year at school, I was doing popular music, I met the musical director for the group and they said they wanted a drummer and so I came in and auditioned. Since then I've been with the group, living my dream," says Modawu.
Eight years later, Modawu's still travelling and spreading the infectious rhythms of South African music, particularly gospel, which distinguishes itself from the American version with a greater emphasis on drumming.
...
Modawu is one of 26 members that form the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir.
...
As a drummer, singer and dancer, Modawu fits the bill. Born in Pretoria, a tropical city known rather blandly as the administrative capital of South Africa, the musician was raised with faith front and centre in his life. Community life revolved around the church and Sunday gospel singing was something Modawu took to early.
His father, a singer and organist who passed away when he was 10, left an indelible influence. After he died, his mother supported Modawu and his brother and sister by working at a supermarket. She emphasized working hard in school. But when Modawu declared his ambitions to become a musician, she supported that, too, sending him to college to study music. It was there that Modawu would cross paths with the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2004.
"It was my dream to travel the world and after I did one year at school, I was doing popular music, I met the musical director for the group and they said they wanted a drummer and so I came in and auditioned. Since then I've been with the group, living my dream," says Modawu.
Eight years later, Modawu's still travelling and spreading the infectious rhythms of South African music, particularly gospel, which distinguishes itself from the American version with a greater emphasis on drumming.
...
Mandla Modawu
Like this Article? Share it!
As a member of South Africa's ...
www.gomemphis.com, 16 Feb 2010 [cached]
As a member of South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, Mandla Modawu has performed in some of the world's greatest concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, and in front of some of the most distinguished audiences, including President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Oprah Winfrey.
...
Modawu had just joined the year-old choir as a singer and percussionist when in 2003 it performed at the 46664 Concert to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
...
This Saturday, Modawu and a stripped-down version of the group will bring their powerful show, a vibrant spectacle that mixes Western and African gospel traditions, to the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.
...
Modawu, 31, originally from Pretoria, had just started musical studies at the Central Johannesburg College when he was recruited to join.
"I met the choir through a friend who was a member, Lucas Bok," says Modawu.
...
"This record has a combination of the really, really old songs of South Africa and the new songs of South Africa," says Modawu, who points out that even the album's few Western numbers, like a re-working of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Andre Crouch's "Oh!
...
"We help a lot," says Modawu.
Choir Members | Soweto Gospel Fans
www.sowetogospelfans.com, 8 Feb 2010 [cached]
Mandla Modawu
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Songs of praise
www.guardian.co.uk, 7 Sept 2004 [cached]
"Actually, we're not that popular in our country," said drummer Mandla Modawu.
Other ZoomInfo Searches
Accelerate your business with the industry's most comprehensive profiles on business people and companies.
Find business contacts by city, industry and title. Our B2B directory has just-verified and in-depth profiles, plus the market's top tools for searching, targeting and tracking.
Atlanta | Boston | Chicago | Houston | Los Angeles | New York
Browse ZoomInfo's business people directory. Our professional profiles include verified contact information, biography, work history, affiliations and more.
Browse ZoomInfo's company directory. Our company profiles include corporate background information, detailed descriptions, and links to comprehensive employee profiles with verified contact information.
zirhbt201304