STAYED ON FREEDOM!
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A Concert Fundraiser for UMOJA-National Congress of Black Women Foundation
On Friday, February 10th, two of Vancouver's most popular gospel and soul choirs collaborate to produce Stayed on Freedom! A Musical Celebration of Black History Month. Joining the Marcus Mosely Chorale and the City Soul Choir on the bill are two vocal trios: WCMA-winning, and Juno-nominated gospel trio, the Sojourners; and a cappella world music trio, TriVo. Special guests are WCMA-nominated soul/gospel/funk songstress-Dawn Pemberton, and local legend-Leon Bibb, who turns 90 on February 7th! The concert takes place at 8PM in Vancouver's historic St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church on the SW corner of Burrard and Nelson. The concert is a fundraiser for UMOJA (National Congress of Black Women Foundation), a registered charity that promotes and facilitates activities and programs that foster advancement, recognition, health and education of black women and their families.
The 65-voice Marcus Mosely Chorale, directed by Marcus Mosely, was formed in September 2011. Well known in the Canadian music scene, Marcus is the former co-director of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir. The 95-voice City Soul Choir, directed by Brian Tate, was formed in January of 2010. Brian is a respected choral composer and educator, and is the former director of the Universal Gospel Choir. This exciting new collaboration between Marcus' and Brian's wonderful choirs demonstrates the best of community singing. What also makes the evening unique is that each choir director is also a vocalist in the trios that are performing that night-Marcus in the Sojourners along with his co-vocalists, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland; and Brian in TriVo with fellow vocalists/percussionists, Dawn Pemberton and Karla Mundy. The four acts will each perform a short set, and will then form a mass choir (approx.150 voices) for the final songs of the 2-hour evening. Brian says, "There is always great joy in making music as a choir, but when we can join together with other choirs and ensembles and sing as a form of service-it doesn't get much better than that!" Leon Bibb, an honoured figurehead in the local Black community, is also a special guest on the bill. This Black History Month concert promises to be a joyous, high-energy gala that pays homage to the rich tradition of Black music in North America. As Marcus says, "The soul of a people is expressed through their music. Through it they worship their god...through it they cry out against injustice...through their music they declare, ‘We are here! We are human! We are honourable! We are free!'"
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