Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Christmas In South Africa
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21096-DVD284 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHDVD4736 FORMAT: DVD Music video ITEMS: 1 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Liz Knowles
I had reservations about this DVD before I even viewed it. For a concert in Johannesburg, there's a remarkable lack of black artists on stage and black Africans in the audience. In fact, of the 23 tracks only three feature black lead singers, plus the undoubted highlight of the show - the African Children's Choir. It's Gaither's typical slick, shiny razzamatazz version of Southern gospel, with an incongruously sparkly winter branches set. Besides the African Children's Choir, the best bits are undoubtedly the scenes of children, many of them orphaned by AIDS and HIV positive themselves, as they open their Christmas shoe boxes. Aside from the good work done by Samaritan's Purse in this venture, this was all a bit too smug, sentimental, triumphalist and white for my sensibilities - kinda Southern Baptist meets selected South Africa.
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The second installment. A special Homecoming with a difference recorded in South Africa in conjunction with Franklin Graham and Operation Christmas Child
Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends along with evangelist Franklin Graham, carried the message of God's love wrapped in a simple shoe box filled with necessities to the children of South Africa. Unforgettable moments of love and joy were captured on film as the children received their gifts and talked and sang with God's messengers from America.
Along with their involvement with Operation Christmas Child, the Homecoming Friends performed a special Christmas concert before a sold out crowd of enthusiastic gospel music fans.