Gospel Institut Grenoble

Music and singing school

African Gospel

The American Christian evangelism reached the African coast in 1930 with the songs of black churches missionaries. This rapprochement between these two black cultures causes a return to sender. On the Atlantic coast of Guinea to Angola, the Christian liturgy is inspired, again, by these new approaches of spiritual. A new mix occurs and gives birth to Afro-gospel songs. One example is the Angolan song “Kumbaya my Lord”, while “Go down Moses” (Let my people go) is a Negro spirituals born on the borders of Louisiana.



The influence of black American music has known a great expansion in the period of two world wars. Indeed this music and its players are no longer only going to the church the street becomes a new stage for artists left behind by the rising unemployment. The fight is no longer in a search for identity, but hope to integrate into a new society. In North America ghettos are born, prostitution increases, vaults of jazz appear, blues men are begging. This is the beginning of a plethora of musical styles that now opens the way for a fertile musical creativity worldwide encouraged by radio and the big production houses. To name a few: the “blues”, the “jazz”, the “soul music”, the “bibop”, the “reggae” and closer to us the “rap”, the “R&B” the “hip hop”, the “new jack”, the “funk”, the “disco” are so many kinds of music directly based on black gospel.