Vitus - African Praise Festival

Friday 1st December 2000
Vitus - African Praise Festival
Vitus - African Praise Festival

STYLE: World
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1372-26242
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by George Luke

Vitus Eze hails from Nigeria, where he leads worship at the 7,000 strong Redeemed Evangelical Mission in Lagos. The album's title pretty much sums up what it is: worshipful and/or evangelical songs in a smorgasbord of styles from all over the continent, including music from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana, Congolese Soukouss and the odd Europop tune (I have to admit that the first few times I played the CD, I skipped all the songs with English titles and went straight for all the foreign ones!). Best track for me was "Plus Haut (Higher)" - a medley of choruses set to an unsitstillable Soukouss rhythmn, and including the Greenbelt favourite "We're Marching In The Light Of God". "Yesu Kristy Na Baba (Jesus Christ Is My Father)" and "Jesu Omo Olorun (Jesus The Son Of God)" are two of the other goodies on this 14-track set which have ended up in an endless loop on my CD player. (Isn't the repeat button on CD players just one of the greatest inventions of the last century?) When I did go back and listen to the more Western-sounding tunes, though, I wasn't greatly impressed. I don't normally like Integrity/Don Moen-style ballads, so "Music In Heaven" and "Love Unfeigned" didn't do much for me. Neither did I care much for the kiddie chorus on "Celebrate The Presence", or his attempt at ragga toasting on "Children Of Africa". Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for this delightful CD and would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone looking to explore the wonderful world of African music from a Christian perspective. To borrow a quote from Editor Cummings a few years ago - if you want to hear African worship by real Africans rather than white Californians, buy this CD today.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Fikile Simelane in Mpumalanga, South Africa @ 09:58 on Nov 16 2006

I am one of the fortunate who have listened to all three of Vitus' CDs and are rocking! My favourite though is Celebrate love, especially track 8 (Okwesiri) though I don't understand the languages but it just rocks! Many others too, actually the CD is a masterpiece.

The other ones as well are a blessing.

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