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Clarence Fountain Of Blind Boys Of Alabama Dies At 88

Clarence Fountain, who led the award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama for more than 60 years, died on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Baton Rouge, La. He was 88.

The Blind Boys’ manager, Charles Driebe, said the cause was complications of diabetes.

The Blind Boys of Alabama sang a raucous, exuberant style of gospel that mixed harmony vocals with impassioned call-and-response shouting intended to rouse an audience into a religious fervor.

Explaining the group’s sound to The New York Times in 1987, Ray Allen, a folklorist and music historian, said it had evolved from the more staid style known as jubilee gospel into one that is distinguished by “a prominent lead singer shouting and preaching and backed by a rhythm-and-blues band.”

“Vocally, it made use of stronger rhythms and vocal techniques, such as moaning, melisma, falsetto and trance-induced kinds of behavior that had obvious antecedents in Caribbean or West African worship,” Mr. Allen continued. “The jubilee groups, by contrast, stood up straight and didn’t move around much.” The Blind Boys, he said, “were at the forefront of the transition.”

Mr. Fountain, who had a deep, versatile voice that became weathered over the decades, often sang lead. When he did, he could sound as explosive as James Brown. (Mr. Driebe said it might be more accurate to say that Mr. Brown sounded like Mr. Fountain.)

The Blind Boys had their roots in the mid-1940s at a segregated school for the blind in Talladega, Ala., where Mr. Fountain and five friends formed a group they originally called the Happy Land Jubilee Singers.

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Renamed the Blind Boys, the group was well established on the gospel circuit by the time many other performers, including Otis Redding, Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Mr. Brown, became famous for moving from gospel to secular music.

The Happy Land Jubilee Singers shortly before the group was renamed the Blind Boys of Alabama in 1948. From left were Johnnie Fields, Mr. Fountain, J.T. Hutton, Ollie Thomas, George L. Scott and Velma Traylor.

Mr. Fountain said that over the years some producers had tried to persuade him and the group to make pop records, but he refused.

“I didn’t turn my back on the Lord,” he said on the NPR program “Morning Edition” in 2001. “I said I wanted to sing gospel music and I wanted to sing it for the Lord.”

Still, the Blind Boys’ foot-stomping sound appealed to secular audiences — and to secular artists. They worked with Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Aaron Neville and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Beginning in the 1990s, the Blind Boys became more open to covering songs by artists like Mr. Reed, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Prince andCurtis Mayfield, as long as the lyrics did not betray their spirituality.

The results could be striking. In one instance the group sang the lyrics to “Amazing Grace” over the Animals’ arrangement of the traditional song “The House of the Rising Sun.”

In 1994 the Blind Boys received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Their “Spirit of the Century” won the 2001 Grammy for best traditional gospel album, and they went on to win four more Grammys before receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2009.

The Blind Boys lineup has changed over the years. The last surviving original member is Jimmy Carter, who is still touring with the group.

Mr. Fountain married Barbara Robertson in 1999. She survives him. His survivors also include several children.

Source: NY Times

 

President Buhari Honours MKO Abiola – Declares June 12 Democracy Day!

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,Muhammadu Buhari has directed that, henceforth, the nation’s Democracy Day will be holding on June 12 of every year, as against the current arrangement where the ceremony holds on May 29.

Buhari has also resolved to honour the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, with the highest national honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.

The President disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to journalists on Wednesday.

He said he reached the decisions after due consultations.

Apart from Abiola, Buhari said he would also honour his running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe; and the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, with the second highest National honour, the Grand Commander of the Niger.

He said their investiture would take place on June 12.

The statement read, “For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29, as Democracy Day. That was the date when, for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21, 1979.

“But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this administration, June 12, 1993 was far more symbolic of democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29 or even the October 1.

“June 12, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence.

“The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.

“Accordingly, after due consultations, the Federal Government has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day.

“Therefore, government has decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 cancelled elections.

“His running mate as Vice President, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON.

“Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualisation of the June 12 elections and indeed for democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN is to be awarded the GCON.

“The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29 as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

The late Abiola died in detention while struggling to actualise his mandate as contained in the annulled election.

A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the change of the Democracy Day date from May 29 to June 12. Ezekwesili hailed the decision by Buhari to declare June 12 as the new Democracy Day in honour of the late presumed winner of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, Abiola. She, however, urged Buhari to also honour Mrs Kudirat Abiola.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for officially announcing June 12 as the new Democracy Day in the country. Mr Williams Akporeha, NUPENG President, gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen at the 107th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva on Thursday.

 

Chris Morgan Survives Stab Wounds After Attack By Armed Robbers

Awarding winning Gospel artist and song writer, Chris Morgan was attacked and stabbed by armed robber on his way to the airport from while headed for a ministration.

Chris Morgan who was scheduled to be at a vigil in Kuje to minister was on his way to the airport when he was attacked and stabbed by some armed men on airport road Abuja and was immediately rushed to the hospital in Gwarinpa, Abuja by passerby.

It was gathered that the robbers, heavily armed, emerged from the bush and robbed him and others off their valuables, including some cash. The musician and his band were said to have alighted to ascertain the real cause of the sudden breakdown in their car when they were attacked.

The Gospel artist was stabbed closed to his spine, recounting the incident he said

“As if that was not enough, the man took his knife and wanted to slit my throat and I began to shout Jesus and hit the sword and it injured my hand.

“I summoned courage and I took off and they went after my boys, they chased one of them for close to 30 minutes in the bush but he escaped.

“I was in the middle of the road shouting for help in the pool of my blood when a woman saw me and recognized me. She quickly opened her back door and helped me to enter.

“It was God who saved me and my team. I thank God no life was lost. It was just another distraction by the enemy,” 

Solomon Lange & wife Flora pays Chris Morgan a visit at the Hospital in Abuja

He also insist  that his concert “Closet” will still hold on Sunday the 10th of June and he sees it has a chance to testify to God’s goodness and faithfulness.

 

Chris Morgan Is Not Dead, He’s Alive

chrismorgan Narrowly escapes death at Kuje Junction, Abuja – Nigeria

Information verified by a close family member indicates; the gospel act known for hit songs #DailyAsIBreathe #Aragbarigbiti was on Saturday June 2, 2018 attacked by Armed robbers and seriously stabbed.

The singer who is planning his concert #TheCloset June 10, 2018 to mark his #40thBirthday, as on his way to honour an event around the area when the incident happened.

He is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Abuja. Family members prefer to keep it low. But we must rise And pray for the singer.
#GetWellSoon #ChrisMorgan

 

“God Is Not Flying That Plane” – Kirk Franklin Speaks On Jessie Duplantis’ Request For 4th Private Jet

Award winning American gospel singer and songwriter, Kirk Franklin has input his 2 cent in the issue of  Televangelist, Jessie Duplantis who requested for donations to buy his fourth private Jet at the cost of $54m

Jesse Duplantis  who is the the founder of Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans claimed during one of his teachings that God told him to tell his congregation to buy him his fourth private jet.

Following the message, Kirk Franklin spoke out on social media speaking on men of God who tries to exploit believers.

“This is Jessie Duplantis, a televangelist who has four planes, and is now telling us that “Jesus’’ wants us to buy him another one,” Kirk Franklin captioned.

 “I’m posting this because now that we see popular culture stand up to the injustices in mainstream society, I believe the church should do the same for its own as well.

“WE should take the lead when there is an abuse of power that affects our message to the masses; our silence can be as loud as the bigotry and racism we see in the public square.

“Many of these “ministries’’ built their wealth on the backs of poor rural minorities that put their trust in the hands of “God’s shepherds’’ only to see the prosperity benefit those doing the preaching.

“Again, there are GREAT Christian leaders, and there is NOTHING wrong with having a plane… but if the burden falls on the less fortunate and GREED is the check written by those drowning in socio-economic rivers of systemic disparities, GOD is not flying that plane.’’

New Music: Naphtali Ayuba-Mai Cetona’ (My Saviour)

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New Music: Mr Peacemaker – Holy

Here comes a new sound from Mr Peacemaker Achoja titled Holy,
The Original version which was one of the fans best song on his last album CLOSE To YOU featured gospel sensation Chris Morgan which was released a few years ago,

This version is sure going to bless you, please download, enjoy and share.

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Yahweh is lifted high_Akinleye Michael

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Intro
This a song to everyone all over the world.let us join hands and voices as we declare the majesty of our King…his name is Yahweh.

Yahweh,yahweh..
yahweh,Yahweh(3×)

Solo
Yahweh is lifted high,he’s the king of kings
Yahweh is lifted high,he’s the Lord of Lord’s (2×) …..(Let us lift him high)

Yahweh is lifted high,(yes yes)he’s the king of kings,
Yahweh is lifted high,he’s the Lord of Lord’s
(He’s higher than the heavens)Yahweh is lifted high,(he reigns supreme)

he’s the king of kings,(Let us bow before him)
Yahweh is lifted high,(Yahweh) he’s the Lord of Lord’s …..(.this is how we praise him)

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Yahweh,Yahweh, yahweh..most high
Yahweh,Yahweh,Yahweh….most high
(Even the devil knows)Yahweh,Yahweh,Yahweh.(that he is)…most high (Yahweh)Yahweh,Yahweh,Yahweh..(Yahweh) .most high

Repeat solo (2×)

Bridge
Heaven and Earth adore him,Angels bow before him,there is none above him in all the earth…(none before him,none above him,none besides him)
Heaven and Earth adore him,(he is God alone)Angels bow before him,(God all by himself)there is none above him in all the earth

Interlude
(He reigns supreme,he is the king of all the earth and heavens,none can stand his majesty,he’s the Lord of all)

Demons flee at his presence
At his name sickness bow
Darkness stands no chance in his light
He’s the name above all names….

Yahweh is lifted high,he’s the king of kings….my Yahweh is lifted high,he’s the Lord of Lord’s…. Yahweh

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Video: Deitrick Hardon Preaching On The Streets

International Gospel Artiste Deitrick Haddon was preaching on the street in a viral video. He and some other Ministers were found doing street evangelism on the corner of 103rd and Central, Los Angeles.

This evangelism is a part of a Revival Deitrick is hosting. The revival is themed Refresh L.A.

Acts 3:19 NIV states
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…This Sunday come be refreshed with no strings attached. Get a fresh start with a dip in the pool that will cleanse you of sin, doubt, fear, hopelessness, suicide, death, & confusion! You don’t have to be a member to be dipped in the water. Join us at 10950 S Central Ave Los Angeles 90059 at the Phoenix Hall inside the WLCAC Complex. Just a few things to remember please bring a towel and a change of clothing. We will be giving out free Hot dogs and lemonade to the community as well as free groceries and clothing! Spread the word! #hillcitychurchla#RefreshLA -says Deitrick

 

MusicVid: Chris Morgan | Tobe | Feat. Naomee [@chrismorganng]

The legendary worshiper and all time seasoned artisteChris Morgan, the crooner of Abba Father and other great songs hits us with a beautiful eastern sound featuring Naomee whose voice soothes even the dying soul, Produced by award winning Donsam.

This is a song of thanksgiving and an invitation to everyone to join praise God as He celebrates his birthday yesterday.

This beautiful tune is accompanied by a great video shot and directed by Abraham Daniels (Light Cinema).

Watch video below

 

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Twitter:  @chrismorganng

 

Music : My Worship – Phil Thompson

My Worship by Phil Thompson has been topping the gospel music chart for weeks now and we had the opportunity to interview the supper talented for GYM teacher on Gospotainment via instagram.

According to him Phil’

the idea of the song came to me one morning while i was doing laundry. It just dawned on me that every one’s worship is as unique as their finger print.

Here is My Worship by Phil Thompson

 

Music: Psalm Ebubé | Olòlúfé Mi + Kìlójásí (Celebration) | @Psalmebube

Talented Gospel artist Akinyemi O. Samuel popularly known as Psalm Ebube releases two new singles Ingles Olòlúfé Mi and Kìlójásí (Celebration)

“Olólùfẹ́ Mí” is a Yoruba word that means “Love Of My Life” describes the reality of long-term love, power of love and finding the right one to spend eternity with. The song’s catchy chorus will get you singing along in no time without even realizing it.

“Kìlójásí” is all about celebration and appreciation. Remember everything in this creation is a sign of celebration. The track was produced by Segigo

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Twitter: @Psalmebube

 

Beyonce Buys A Church In New Orleans

International and Award – Winning singer,Beyoncé, has reportedly bought a church in New Orleans. According to report from TMZ, this music star is the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy.

The Church is more than 100-years-old was listed at $850,000 (£631,000) foot. It has been out of use as a religious place for a while.

The news came weeks after San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral Church held a Beyonce Mass with more than 900 people in attendance to worship the singer.

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RCCG’s New Policy For Intending Couples Causes Stir On Social Media

Nigerians have taken to the social media platform to react to the new policy created by the Redeemed Christian Church of God for couples who plan on getting married.

According to the policy, the main purpose of this medical checkup is check the potency of their reproductive organs in order to avoid cases of falsehood in marriage.

Well, Nigerians are reacting to this new policy which most people feel is intrusive. Many people have taken to the social media platform to express their opinion on the new policy.

See reactions below

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Actress Tonto Dikeh Preaches At Church In South-Africa – See Photos & Video

Tonto Dikeh preaches in South Africa

Popular Nollywood actress Tonto dikeh was recently seen preaching in a church, South-Africa.

Tonto Dikeh who has been vocal about her christian faith since giving her life to Christ ministered at theEnlightened Christian Gathering church in South-Africa where she spoke to the youths on the topic of“Forgiveness and Letting Go”.

The actress also shared pictures and a short video from the ministration with a caption which reads:

“God was real, when he takes over,we suddenly become light.. #dear lord who am i that you love and use me this much ooo how i love you lord Jesus #when gods mercies speak, grace abound. #god doesnt call the qualified, he qualifies the called..

“#ECG #YOUTH WORKSHOP #SA”

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