Bill & Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends - South African Homecoming
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23374-12703 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2649 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-31 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
When I first saw the cover of this disc , I was puzzled. Has Mr Gaither and friends changed musical direction and produced a CD of African music or maybe they have moved their operation to Johannesburg? - and that is a very large operation given the amount of artists their vast collection of recordings feature! I was wrong on all counts. This polished live recording features many of the regulars including Jessy Dixon, Stephen Hill, The Isaacs and of course the Gaither Vocal Band (but no Russ Taff) presenting their style of Southern gospel with marginal African influence. There are some good tracks here: "Umbrella" (The Isaacs) presents outstanding vocal arrangements, "Fully Alive" (Lauren Tally & Joy Gardner) and "My Lord And I" (Gaither Vocal Band) feature some enjoyable musical arrangements vaguely African, however, the piano solo "Keep On The Firing Line" from the late Anthony Burger sounds like they brought Russ Conway along! Ladysmith Black Mambazo this is not! Still, it's always a joy to hear Jessy Dixon.
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Join Bill & Gloria Gaither, the Gaither Vocal Band and the Homecoming Friends for this live celebration recorded in the magnificent Mosaiek Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This unforgettable concert features moving performances by The Gaither Vocal Band, Anthony Burger, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The African Children’s Choir, Russ Taff, Lynda Randle, Jessy Dixon, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, Joy Gardner, Ivan Parker, Kim Hopper, and many more.
This beautiful video experience reaches across oceans and cultures for a Homecoming you will never forget!