Annual university gospel choir competition comes off on Sunday

Jennifer Jessica Danquah

Since its launch in 2011, the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) has organized eight UK annual competitions in prestigious London venues, a televised six-part series for Viasat 1 TV (now Kwese TV) of the maiden Ghanaian edition held in Ghana’s National Theatre in 2016.

Sunday 28th October will see yet another crowning of a new giant in the fraternity of University Gospel Choirs in Ghana. The competition, in its second edition in Ghana and promises to go a notch higher than the first edition held in 2016, provides an unprecedented platform for university gospel choirs across the nation to develop and showcase their musical abilities.

The reigning champions, GHAMSU Choir from the University College of Education, Winneba, are still holding the prize so dearly it will take a much stronger choir to take over the mantle form them.

Seven university gospel choirs have qualified for this year’s edition of the competition; GHAMSU International Choir, University of Education Winneba; Kharis Choir, University of Development Studies, Tamale; and Heralds of Praise, University of Ghana, Legon.

The rest are Miotso Contemporary Choir, Central University College; Philharmonic Choir, Accra Technical University; Wiizzy Choir, Wisconsin Int. University; and Mass Choir – Mass Theatre, University of Education Winneba.

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These competing choirs will perform two songs each and battle it out for the ultimate prize. The event is scheduled for Sunday 28th October at 3pm at the Liberty Assemblies of God Church, off the main Akweteman – Lapaz road.

Astute judges on the night are Diana Hopeson, legendary gospel musician, board member of GAMRO, Ghana Music Awards and formal MUSIGA president; Pastor Helen Yawson, internationally acclaimed singer, song writer, vocal coach and legendary contemporary gospel artiste; Jennifer Jessica Danquah, radio host of Positive Soul Food on Sunny FM; and Freeman Ame, astute music reality coach and expert.

Freeman Ame

It promises to be a night of pure chorals and much more with the winning universities taken away cash prizes, promotional opportunities and a year’s bragging right. The 2018 UGCY is sponsored by Christian Community Microfinance and Malta Guinness with support from Tap Media, Sunny FM, ETV and powered by Gospeltown Africa.

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