By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.
One clarification: the Apollo where the group performed was not the NYC landmark but the Hammersmith Apollo Theater in London. An affable emcee, Muyiwa Olarewaju made several references during the program to the superstars who played this particular Apollo recently, including Nicki Minaj.
He also evoked laughter from the audience when he spoke directly to those unfamiliar with worship music: “If you don’t go to church, that’s okay, we’re nice people…we’re not going to eat your sister!”
The live program opened with Pandit Dinesh’s Indian drone and chant on “The Name of the Lord.” Michele Chueng sung in Mandarin Chinese on “Holy Holy Holy.” Muyiwa sang in French during the “African Medley,” which in its vibrant repetition was the most rhythmic piece on a generally rhythmic project. On the other hand, the pop-rock “Hey Ya” and “Glory to God” fell more squarely within Riversongz’ multi-genre style, as did their arrangement of “The Lord’s Prayer.”
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