AN all- American student’s choral group by name The Belmont Chorale from Tennesse, Nashville-USA last Wednesday night treated members of the Atasemanso branch of Calvary Charismatic Center (CCC) to scintillating melodious choral tunes.
Performing alongside four local Ghanaian groups including the famous Celestial Evangel Choir, the Americans sent the congregation into a frenzy mood when they sang an Akan rendition of ‘Give thanks to God’ (Yi Awuarde Aye, halleluia).
Led by the ever famous African American Music Director, Dr Jeffery Ames, the American students treated the congregation to about ten (10) different renditions from the African American Spiritual music songs.
Stepping up to the plate later were the Celestial Evangel Choir, the Heralds and CCC choral choirs from Ayigya as well as the Asaphs from the Atasemanso branch of CCC who treated the congregation to sumptuous renditions of both akan and English choral songs.
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Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper after the two hour show, leader of the 30 mixed gender group, Jodi Breckenridge said they were overwhelmed by the kind of reception they have had from the Ghanaian people.
She recalled an emotional experience the group had while performing at the Cape Coast castle, adding it was an awesome life changing experience knowing some of their counterparts were ferried from the dungeons of the colonial castle to the USA.
She revealed that the group saved moneys individually to be able to make the trip to Ghana having tried previously in 2014 to do so though unsuccessful.
Madam Breckenridge described Ghana and the atmosphere at the CCC auditorium as fantastic, noting that the group would want to come back early next year.
‘’We have had an extraordinary reception since our arrival and having the opportunity to mix with our Ghanaian counterparts to sing and perform music is awesome making us want to come back again’’, the group leader noted with unrestrained ecstasy.
Reverend Sammy Aduama, Head Pastor of the Atasemanso CCC branch expressed delight at the outcome of the choral festival.
He noted the songs performed on the night had made members to reminisce the days choral and melodious songs was the order of the day.
Reverend Aduama urged the church to consciously infuse all sorts of music into the kind of songs they do in church so as to excite the hearts of all who gather to fellowship.
He thanked the American team for finding the Atasemanso CCC branch worthy of hosting them in Kumasi for the festival.
‘’I am highly elated to have witnessed these extra-ordinary spiritual scenes and I strongly believe it is time that the church brings back all sorts of music into its fold so every lover of music can find a way to worship God with his favorite’’, Reverend Aduama posited passionately.
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