Voice of the Soul

voz espiritual

Gospel is one of the most attractive musical styles in existence. It is comforting music with special energy that connects us with our own voice and that of the community. There is great interest in African American spiritual music beyond its frontiers because of the energy it conveys. I consider that it is physical and metaphysical music, which brings together and makes possible an individual’s integral expression, beyond his or her religious condition since it embraces and expresses the human instinct of freedom. It is a physical manifestation since it involves the expression of emotion and rhythm through the individual body and the group body, that of the community.

It awakens and activates an energy that makes us feel alive. It is metaphysical expression since it brings about freedom from suffering, the expression of spirituality and fellow feeling with others in the quest for harmony, repose and inner peace.

With its origins in the feelings of enslaved people, its energy expresses yearning for freedom and hope. From the very beginning, it was a collective form of song that has strengthened and given dignity to the African American community and it has now crossed borders to enable us to participate in it. GOSPEL, NOW AND MORE THAN EVER, IS INTERRACIAL AND TIMELESS.

In recent years my musical career has been closely associated with this genre which, for me, has become an artistic, educational and vital experience. In Barcelona I founded the a cappella vocal trio Gospel Purple Sisters and I was also director of the choir Gospel Around for four years. I am presently in charge of the Gospel and modern music choir Alaikapela in Pamplona.

If you wish to enjoy and share our experience and our music you will find further information at this link: alaikapela.260mb.org



I offer you a very “colourful” version of Oh Happy Day by Edwin Hawkins, sung by the Soweto Gospel Choir.


I also present two versions of one of the best known and most beautiful hymns, Amazing Grace, written by John Newton in 1772. He was a slave trader who, having survived a storm, became a protestant minister.



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