ASA will host their second Gospel Fest–a night of praise and worship inspired by a combination of African and American cultures.
These performers will be singing praise and worship music from all regions of Africa, while incorporating common modern worship songs. The host choir will be the Voices of Africa with the New Jerusalem Church choir and the band that frequently performs in chapel, led by David Mirambi. Cultures that will be represented at Gospel Fest include countries such as Ghana, Congo, Nigeria, South Africa and more.
“We hope people walk away feeling touched by God,” said Jemimah Wavamunno, sophomore business management major, ASA vice president and member of Voices of Africa from Kampala, Uganda. “We want people to experience first hand our culture and values by upholding our ‘Ubunto,’ I am because you are, theme of unity.”
Prince Ofori-Nyadu, senior criminal justice major and singer from Gaithersburg, Maryland said the ultimate goal of Gospel fest is to show people how God is praised and worshiped in different cultures.
“God is existent in the life of others even if we don’t speak the same language,” said Ofori. “I hope people get to feel the presence of God and know that this event is not just an event to showcase African praise and worship, but rather an event to come and worship God together.”
Gospel Fest is Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The event is free, and attendees will earn a chapel credit.
“We hope it will be the worship that touches people, but if it’s not, one interaction with a stranger in a new way can positively influence their lives forever,” said Wavamunno.