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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