Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with this GrouponLive deal to see the Soweto Gospel Choir at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, presented by Caravan World Rhythms. For $33, you get one ticket for seating in left and right dress-circle rows 3–20 on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m. (up to a $59.50 value, including all fees).
The 30 brightly clad singers of the Soweto Gospel Choir sway, swoon, and kick as their voices harmonize across genres such as African gospel, reggae, and American popular music during uplifting live performances. Although the choir formed only 10 years ago, they have gone on to win two consecutive Grammys for their albums Blessed and African Spirit, in addition to playing with John Legend at the Academy Awards and joining U2 at the FIFA World Cup in their native South Africa for an inspiring tandem of "Amazing Grace" and "Where the Streets Have No Name." Despite having seen their reflection in Bono's purple sunglasses, the multilingual collective is also adept at performing with minimal accompaniment, often taking the stage with nothing more than a drum as they weave a sonic tapestry sung in everything from Zulu and Sotho to French and English. With traditional songs such as "Khumbaya" and "Mbube" (known to American audiences as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight") and pop hits including Peter Gabriel's "Biko," the Soweto Gospel Choir lends new interpretations to familiar strains and stirs souls with their resonant pipes and a wooden spoon coated in ectoplasm.