In celebration of Black History Month, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir presents an homage to old school gospel. Performing spirituals and traditional gospel songs under the direction of Terrance Kelly, and joined by gospel great, Jackie Tolbert, and the illustrious McGuillicutty brothers and sisters, this show is sure to inspire and uplift the crowd. The show will take place on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse at 2025 Addison St. in Berkeley.
The significance of spirituals, those melodic embodiments of the oppressed fighting to gain freedom, cannot be denied. Many songs served distinctive purposes. The rumbling of “Wade in the Water” cautioned slaves to travel through water to confuse their pursuers, while “Steal Away” notified the slave community about secretive meetings or possible escapes. Today, we appreciate these songs for their haunting beauty, as well as for the part they played in history. Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is proud to remind its audiences of the importance of spirituals during Black History Month and all year long.