This show is amazing! The Creole Choir of Cuba is every bit as good as the better known Soweto Gospel Choir so their tag line of “The Latin Soweto” is entirely justified.
All the members of the choir are Cubans descended from Haitians, and sing mainly in French Creole. Many of the Haitian songs and traditions have died out in Haiti but been preserved by the Cuban Creoles, and the performance include everything from 17th Century Haitian songs to protest songs, Voodoo spiritual songs and lively modern latin music.
From the moment the choir enters St George’s – in darkness, carrying candles – they captivate the audience which include everyone from young children to OAPs. Their voices are powerful and the harmonies are beautiful. Although none of us can understand the language of the songs, the feelings behind them are clear and sweep the audience along. The more uplifting numbers has nearly everyone on their feet clapping and dancing along. The choir themselves also play percussion and dance so the performance is visually entrancing too.
St George’s itself is the perfect venue for this type of concert. The acoustics are great and it adds to the atmosphere to see the choir in their vibrant costumes singing below the beautiful stained glass window.
Creole Choir of Cuba is thoroughly recommended, particularly if you are interested in Caribbean culture or enjoy gospel music.