Edited by Azizi Powell
The Choir Entrance
Uploaded by Habeebi on Jul 4, 2006
This is Part IV of a four part post on Black Church Processions. This post showcases several videos of African choir processions or processions by African church related groups.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/11/marching-for-jesus-black-church.html for Part 1 of this series (Commentary about Black church processionals).
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/11/marching-for-jesus-black-church_84.html for Part II of this series (African American & Canadian beginning church service processionals and during offerings).
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/11/marching-for-jesus-church-ushers-nurses.html for Part III of this series (Processional of Church nurses, ushers, and other church groups).
These videos are showcased for their historical, sociological, aesthetic, and/or spiritual values. I selected these particular videos because they appealed to me and/or because I consider them to be representative of a certain style of Black processional.
PART IV - FEATURED VIDEOS
[These videos are posted in no particular order.]
Video #1: The Choir Entrance
This video is posted at the top of this page.
The choir is marching in by twos.
Here are two comments from this video's viewer comment thread:
Wow! Where is this?! Looks like it might actually be a church in Africa. For those who think this is out of tune, many African cultures base their traditional music on a twelve or fourteen note scale. If this is a 14 note scale then they are all perfectly in tune. Just because your ear hasn't been brought up on a 14 tone scale and therefore can't understand the complex logic of it doesn't make it an invalid art form.
[Editor: No information was given as to where in Africa this video was taken.]
LOL yall I thought black american's were the only ones who had their chior to march in!! Thhis goes alllll the way back to the mother land!!
-princessofbiz ; 2010
Video #2: The Choir marching into the church
Uploaded by TalithaK on Aug 26, 2007
The choir in Namibe always marches into the church in the morning before they take their places in their benches up front every Sunday. I am the white chick...lol
Editor: "Namibe" is Namibia, South Africa.
Video #3: 2009 Sudanese Adult Choir Entrance
uploaded by gladzic on Jun 1, 2009
Sudanese Adult Choir Entrance, Pentecost Sunday 2009
Maughan Uniting Church
Video #4: Offering Processional - Central African Republic
Uploaded by vondadrees on Sep 9, 2011
This video is part of an Advent curriculum, developed by the ELCA TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod, called "Faith Together: Come, Lord Jesus." The curriculum celebrates the synod's global partnerships with the Lutheran Churches of Peru and the Central African Republic, and explores the question, "What does it mean when the church prays, 'Come, Lord Jesus!'"
In the Lutheran Church of the CAR, the people process their offering forward with music and dancing. The women and girls put their offering in one basket and the men and boys in another. This is meant to be quite joyous! Often, on the next Sunday, it is announced which side gave more, the men or the women, and a loud cheer goes up for whichever side won.
[Editor: A processional of a Kenyan Catholic church choir is shown at several times in this video]
Video #5: Ilimpasa-Kenya Navy Catholic Choir.DAT
Uploaded by vastization on May 11, 2010
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/videos-of-kenyan-catholic-choirs-part-i.html and http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/videos-of-kenyan-catholic-choirs-part.html for two pancocojams posts on Kenyan Catholic Choirs.
Video #6: The Church Of Pentecost - Austria. National Officers Retreat In Linz
bankubanku6, Uploaded by bankubanku6 on Apr 9, 2011
Editor: There is no other information about this video from the video uploader. And, to date, there are no comments from viewers. But my guess is that the people in the video are West Africans.
Video #7: Everybody blow your trumpet - Daughters of Praise
Uploaded by thetruewordofgod1 on May 24, 2010
The ladies of True Word praising God
Editor: This clip is from Celebration of the Nations at True Word. There are a number of videos each showcasing representatives of various nations around the world including several African and Caribbean nations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcO8QQEBvRo&feature=related is another video in this series features African men.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/sources-art-and-purposes-of-black.html for an essay with video samples on "The Sources, Art, And Purposes Of Black Church Processionals" written by Azizi Powell 6/9/2012
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