*The award winning Mississippi Mass Choir will once again “Go ye into all the world” singing the gospel as they tour in South Africa.
Hosted by the I Can Foundation, the tour will take place June 9-20 and include services in Johannesburg, New London, Hazyview, and Pretoria. Dr. David Molapo, chairman and co-founder of the I Can Foundation said:
“We are looking forward to hosting the world renowned Mississippi Mass Choir in the Motherland! Over the years their music has made an impact in the lives of many South Africans. We believe that this ministry tour will spread a message of hope and be life transforming for all involved.”
Fresh off of a 14 city tour of Spain and the Canary Islands, the choir has been blessed to grace international stages throughout the Bahamas, Japan, Italy, France, Portugal, and Greece, becoming the first Gospel group to perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the base of the iconic Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
While attending the famed Umbria Jazz Gospel and Soul Easter Festival in Terni, Italy, the choir received an unexpected invite to sing for Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo. Over its 23 year music ministry career, the choir has either won or received nominations for every industry award, including the Grammy, Stellar, Soul Train, Dove, National Association of Record Merchandisers, 3M Visionary, and Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts awards. On three occasions, Billboard Magazine recognized this singing group as Gospel Artist of the Year.
The single “God Made Me” from the Mississippi Mass Choir’s new release is currently in the “Top Ten” on the Billboard Gospel Song Chart. Arguably their crowning industry achievement came in 2010 at the 25th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards where the choir was awarded the “Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award.” You would think that after such a long and distinguished career, they would be resting on their laurels and enjoying the fruits of their labors. “Not so,” says Executive Director, Jerry Mannery, “We are scouting out new fields to till and sow seeds for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.