Artist / Producer: Durban Gospel Choir (South Africa)
Karen Van Pletsen is an artist and producer who has spent the last 20 years carving a unique place for herself in the South African Music landscape. As creative catalyst, she has worked in almost every aspect of the industry value chain and understands first hand the true value of creative capital.
She began her professional performing career in musical theatre before beginning her explorations into jazz and contemporary music. As her experience grew she found herself working behind the scenes which eventually lead to her taking up the role as Creative Director of Raise Your Voice Productions, a locally based creative consortium that specializes in creating artistic responses to individual, community and corporate needs.
Making music however remains Karen’s greatest passion and one which she gets to explore regularly with the Durban Gospel Choir – a 20 piece vocal ensemble she producers and manages. Together they are committed to inspiring and uniting through music. Their repertoire is a diverse mix of local and internationally flavor and designed to challenge the notion of a traditional gospel choir – they want to demonstrate that they are just as comfortable singing at rock concerts as they are in cathedrals.
2017 saw Raise Your Voice launch their recording and publishing arms through which their most recent #GospelMeetsGqom collaboration, KOMO (Keep On Moving On), featuring Karen, the Durban Gospel Choir and Durban Gqom pioneers, the RudeBoyz, was just released. Under Karen’s creative direction, the company will continue to support, develop and create opportunities for local talent.
To stay in touch with KAREN VAN PLETSEN, Raise Your Voice and the Durban Gospel Choir , please find them on facebook and all other social media platforms , or email Karen@raiseyourvoice.co.za .