1 December 2008
When done well, gospel music is uplifting, nature’s Prozac if you like, with none of the chemical side-effects.
And with the world famous Soweto Gospel Choir, who deliver their brand of African spirit or soul superlatively well, the effect is doubled.
They came to the Waterfront Hall last night, and warmed one of the coldest nights of the year.
But before we got the Soweto experience, we listened to the enthusiastic support act, Clonmore choir, who did a set of traditional Christian numbers, as well as the Mamas and the Papas’ terrific California Dreaming.
Then, after a break, there was a shift of continent and style.
We heard those amazing African vocals at the back of the hall and in a moment of high drama, the Soweto singers paraded down through the auditorium to the stage.
Every member of this 26-strong, young choir is a soloist and the African numbers illustrated to perfection their aim, as stated by one of the stunning female singers, to share their “message of praise and love for God and life, in our music and dance”.
Like CS Lewis, I was surprised by joy.