The Gospo Choir are Adelaide’s most prominent Gospel choir, and strongly believe in creating transcendent music that brings people together. This belief is clearly embedded within Gospolation, a performance that unerringly blends spiritual hymns and modern grooves. Directed by Charmaine Jones-Devasagayam, this incredible show will provide you with inimitable remixes that will stay in your head long after the performance is over.
As soon as the house lights dimmed within the newest Fringe venue – Cirque Africa Bigtop – an expectant hush fell over the packed-out crowd. As the stage filled with the band, the backing choir and the Gospo choir, the excitement in the air was tangible. Charmaine’s presence commanded everyone’s attention as she took the stage and her soulful voice filled the room. As the show kicked off, it immediately became apparent this is not your average choir. Charmaine’s exhilaration and passion was reflected in each and every performer on stage and it was infectious; after just one song almost every audience member was beaming in joy.
Gospolation showcases the intricacies of the human voice in a way I’ve never seen (or heard) before. Under the precise guidance of Charmaine, the members of both the main and backing choirs sung their lungs out and harmonised so flawlessly, it was truly spine-tingling. The bright sequin-studded outfits donned by the Gospo choir were a perfect match for the vibrant energy of the music. The songs shifted seamlessly, moving gospel choruses and nostalgic melodies (such as Kirk Franklin’s ‘123 Victory’ and Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep Mountain High’) to current Western R’n’B, Hip-Hop and Pop. The dynamic layering of sacred songs under well-known tunes such as Rihanna’s ‘Work’, Justin Timerlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ or The Weekend’s ‘I Feel It Coming’ highlight Charmaine’s directive genius and the pure talent of these gifted musicians and singers. The performance somehow felt evocative, meaningful, playful, ageless and contemporary all in one.
The only thing that could have possibly made this night better arrived in the form of SA’s beloved Maggie Beer making a cameo appearance. Her clear delight at being involved in this event was absolutely contagious, as the crowd happily cheered and clapped along to the beat. This exuberance lasted right through the choir’s very last song (for which they received a well-deserved standing ovation from many audience members). Unsurprisingly most of Gospolation’s shows have sold out, however a limited number of tickets have been released for this Sunday the 26th; grab yourself one here so you can experience the sheer magic of Gospolation this Fringe.
Star Rating: 5/5
Where: Cirque Africa Bigtop, Hindmarsh Square
When: 22nd - 26th of February
Header image via Adelaide Fringe's website.
With two stages set to go, the bands bumped in to the steady sound of Sparkke cans cracking open.
UNIFY was back and heavier than ever for 2018.
Can you feel the bass?
Step into the unknown and transport yourself across the globe without leaving the city, at Adelaide's newest art-meets-tech installation.
Off the back of a huge 2017, The Creases treated fans with an incredible show at Fat Controller.
Melissa Ambrosini is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, self-love guru and all-round goddess. Catch her in Adelaide this February for the Open Wide Australia Tour.
Always wondered what summer was like in Europe or Latin America? Well get a taste of it at this year's Tropicana Beach Club!
Elder Park was decked out last Friday for FOMO 2018, which went off with a blast.
Keep up with the festivities of the race that sweeps the nation, with the annual Tourrific Prospect Street Party!
Head down to King William Road ahead of the Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 and soak up Unley's vibrant foodie and retail scene with the annual Unley Gourmet Gala.