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The U.S. Embassy Brings Howard Gospel Choir to Georgia

Monday, December 16
The U.S. Embassy introduced Georgian audiences in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Zugdidi to the American group “Howard Gospel Choir" on December 9, 10 and 11.

Twenty singers and musicians from Howard University in Washington, D.C. performed workshops and free concerts. The “Howard Gospel Choir” offered a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional American musical style known as “Gospel.”

Rooted in the religious revivals of the 19th century, Gospel emerged alongside ragtime, blues, and jazz. Many of the most popular American musicians—including superstars like Jennifer Hudson, Mahalia Jackson, and Whitney Houston—got their start by singing in a Gospel choir.

Founded in the fall of 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir was the first college choir of its kind in the world. Since then, Howard Gospel Choir has performed on the most prominent stages in the United States and all over the world. The choir is currently under the musical direction of Reginald Golden from Cleveland, Ohio.

The U.S. Embassy in Georgia is pleased to present American cultural programs to Georgian audiences as a demonstration of the strong ties between our countries.

Apart from the concert, Howard Gospel Choir also held workshops on Cultural Exploration at Ilia University and Tbilisi American Corner on December 13.
(US Embassy to Georgia)