Modern Gospel Music from West Africa (ARC Music, 2009)
This is a collection of gospel songs featuring Nigerian musician Chidinma Okafor, backed by a multi-part choir. The songs are in a multitude of languages, reflecting the linguistic diversity of Africa. Many are in Yoruba and Hausa, and some are in Ibo and English as well. They blend choir structure with African melodies and modern rhythms.
A hefty liner notes booklet provides information about the artist and each of the songs in four languages including English. Check out the pieces ‘Omeriwo’ and ‘Ihe Nile’ for a fine modern African blend.
Author: Madanmohan Rao
Madanmohan Rao is an author and media consultant from Bangalore, and global correspondent for world music and jazz for World Music Central and Jazzuality. He has written over 15 books on media, management and culture, and is research director for YourStory Media. Madan was formerly World Music Editor at Rave magazine and RJ at WorldSpace, and can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao.