All dressed in white, conquering the huge stage of the Roman theater of Carthage, the choir immediately took the audience into the wonderful kingdom of gospel with "We've come to praise" followed by "Let everything that" two songs that sounded in the firmament of Carthage. It was then time to the great American vocalist Jean Carpenter to amaze the crowd with the quantum "Sweeping Through the city", reproducing the dancing gesture of preachers in a simplicity and amazing strength.
In a didactic approach, Jean Carpenter talked with the audience several times with her “Rock” voice inviting them to perform with her, explaining that gospel is a universal spiritual singing that aims to bring people closer around the values of peace and love. The audience did not hesitate to share that beautiful energy with the vocalists and musicians with a great joy.
What was really significant during the show is undoubtedly the great capacity of this troupe to popularize this extraordinary art that found the right way to get adapted to the social mutations and to continue again and again to make the great happiness of its pioneers and its lovers. This power of adaptation has been translated on stage by surprising choreographies, loaded with metaphors about freedom of the body and beyond the body the soul, the matrix of life, emotions, and consciousness.
Also modern dances, because today's gospel comes in several pop styles, RNb, Hip Hop, reggae and others, in the diversity of communities and ethnic groups. This is why, moreover, the troupe “Gospel for 100 Voices” gathers more than 24 nationalities: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists as if to say that the message of love and fraternity is universal, beyond differences.
But the show could not have been perfect without the participation of the great Al Sanders, an emblematic figure of the American black music and a great Gospel singer who performed songs from the classical gospel repertoire with his velvet tenor voice that wonderfully reminded us about the famous American singers who have engraved their names in the annals of this prestigious Festival.
The songs and the dances took turns in an amazing rhythm in two parts of the show captivcating a savvy and enchanted audience. Malik Young from New Jersey, Junior Mulongo from Congo, Dale Blade from New Orleans, Heredia Koffi and Dominique Magloire from Guadeloupe were the masters of this universal prayer ceremony invoking love in its pure form.
It was a show of a great artistic style that confirmed that the International Festival of Carthage is a space of convergence, openness and fraternity.