As well as gospel classics, the choir interpret songs from other genres

1st African Gospel Choir at Casino l'Aliança del Poblenou

The concert will take place on Saturday 18 February and will feature classics of the genre as well as songs in other styles.

The 1st African Gospel Choir is made up mostly of people of Nigerian origin who are now living in Barcelona. In fact, it’s the first and only African gospel choir in Spain. On stage, the choir’s singers, who number around 20, dress in the typical style of their native land and, as well as gospel classics, interpret popular African songs such as Malaika by Miriam Makeba, though they also stray into unfamiliar territory with songs like Lluís Llach’s Que tinguem sort and Cotton Fields by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Under the baton of Joe Psalmist, the producer and singer of the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, and accompanied by a band of musicians, the choir will be offering a concert at Casino l'Aliança del Poblenou on 18 February.

The energy that the choir gives off live is one of the strengths of the formation, as they demonstrated last summer at the Sant Pau Catalan Modernist ensemble. It's an energy that suits perfectly the joy, emotionality and spirituality of gospel. At their concerts there is usually a surprise with some of the songs, and the Casino l'Aliança gig probably won’t be an exception.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 9pm. Additional information is available here.

Publication date: Thursday, 16 February 2017
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