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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Japanese Black Gospel choir & Taiko


The Music Video is now posted on Vimeo in HD format Description of Music Video: Japanese Black Gospel choir (300 voices) performing "Ride on King Jesus" with Wadaiko Troupe (Japanese drum ensemble). I is the premiere performance of Wadaiko X Black Gospel fusion music in Japan.
Wadaiko x "Black Gospel" Fusion is a groundbreaking concert performance, combining a 300-voice Japanese "Black Gospel" choir with traditional Japanese "taiko" drum. Filmed live in Tokyo on in 2009, this is the first ever documented performance of these two vastly different traditions.
Taiko drum has been a traditional form of Japanese music for hundreds of years, and it is deeply personal to the Japanese expression of identity. Taiko experienced a 20th century revival in Japan in 1951, under the influence of master drummer Daihachi Oguchi.
The surprising roots of "Black Gospel" in Japan also date back to the 1950s, through a series of Mahalia Jackson concerts. For some unexplained reason only in Japan is this genre called "Black Gospel." Various performers and musicals have since kept the "Black Gospel" tradition alive in mainstream Japanese society. "Black Gospel" re-emerged in Japan in a pop-cultural explosion with the release of the 1992 film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg. Since then hundreds of "Black Gospel" choirs have sprung up all over Japan. This video features a Tokyo based Wadaiko troupe called Masturiza and the combined choirs of Hallelujah Gospel Family.
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A century after the Armistice By George Weigel

A century after the Armistice

By George Weigel on Nov 14, 2018 03:01 am
I’m just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 “Armistice Day:” the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I [...]
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Intense debate over handling of abuse scandal ensues at USCCB meeting

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 14, 2018 12:52 am
Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2018 / 07:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 20 bishops and cardinals offered passionate interventions during an open floor discussion on the sex abuse crisis at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in [...]
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Making “the prophetic voice of women” heard

By Jeanette Flood on Nov 13, 2018 10:11 pm
“I personally can’t imagine a more important initiative right now in the world.” This was the response of Deborah Savage to the question, “What do you think of the Catholic Women’s Forum?” Savage is a [...]
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How many meetings does it take?

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Nov 13, 2018 07:46 pm
I am writing this reflection as the Synod on Youth in Rome has just ended and the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is underway. For further context, it [...]
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“We must make our home in Gethsemane”: Reflecting on the Passion in troubled times

By Paul Senz on Nov 13, 2018 03:00 pm
Catholics are sometimes criticized for our emphasis on the Passion and death of Jesus Christ—crucifixes, Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and so on. This is not merely some sort of [...]
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Why has Pope Francis hamstrung the U.S. bishops?

By Christopher R. Altieri on Nov 12, 2018 09:49 pm
Pope Francis has ordered the Catholic Bishops of the United States to refrain from voting on a code of conduct and a lay-led oversight body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct. The President of the [...]
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USCCB meeting Day 1: What just happened, and what might happen next?

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 12, 2018 07:01 pm
Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2018 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- During a holy hour Monday morning, two survivors of clerical sexual abuse spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about their experiences, and their hopes [...]
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Threats, weaknesses, and the temptation of power

By CWR Staff on Nov 12, 2018 04:54 pm
T.M. Doran (tmdoran.com) is the author of several novels, including Toward the Gleam, Terrapin, and Iota. His first novel with Ignatius Press, Toward the Gleam, won acclaim from Tolkien readers across the globe. In it, [...]
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Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 12, 2018 10:40 am
By Ed Condon Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for [...]
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Why am I interviewing Milo Yiannopoulos?

By Patrick Coffin on Nov 11, 2018 10:29 pm
The correct answer comes down to, “because I feel like it.” But given the off-the-chart angry reaction in some corners of the Catholic-o-sphere to the announcement that I’d secured an interview on The Patrick Coffin [...]
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