The Reapers Choir – review
The 13th London African Music Festival
Canada Water Culture Space

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:00 AM | Review by: Ronke Lawal |
The Reapers Choir, 13th London African Music Festival © Ronke Lawal The Reapers Choir, 13th London African Music Festival © Ronke Lawal

I was deeply touched by their music and I know they will go far in gospel music, sharing the positive uplifting nature of music with the world.


The Reapers Choir is a church choir from the Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK in London. I had heard of them before it was announced that they would be performing during the London African Music Festival and so it was a great opportunity to hear them perform.


This dynamic choir made up of nine members were finalists in the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 competition and I can see why. They were enthusiastically directed by Anu Omideyi whose orchestration ensured that the vocal arrangements were balanced and well rounded.


The choir was joined by their five-piece band and performed their first single, the uplifting “Stand Still” (Remix), original favourites including “Got to Move On” and “Nobody Knows” and their latest single “Turn Away”. The original songs were well produced and deeply moving, particularly “Stand Still” and “Nobody Knows”. I enjoyed the segments of the show in which the choir performed well known gospel classics as well as some vibrant Nigerian Gospel favourites, the energy levels certainly “double doubled” in that part of the show. It was an intimate show and what made it even more special was the fact that it was pretty much sold out. Members from their church as well as fans of gospel music made the effort to support The Reapers and it was worth it.

I enjoyed the segments of the show in which the choir performed well known gospel classics as well as some vibrant Nigerian Gospel favourites, the energy levels certainly “double doubled” in that part of the show.


Anu’s stage presence is indicative of someone who feels confident and relaxed on the stage, she is a natural performer with an ability to engage with her audience and her choir members. Her ability to share her love for gospel music was evident and I appreciated the manner in which she shared the message behind each piece of music. This adds to the authenticity of the choir and their performance style. The only thing that I felt was lacking was that we were not given a chance to hear the choir members as individuals. I felt that even if each member had the opportunity to sing a few lines from a song it would have added to the depth of the musical experience. I was deeply touched by their music and I know they will go far in gospel music, sharing the positive uplifting nature of music with the world.


The Reapers Choir, 13th London African Music Festival © Ronke Lawal The Reapers Choir, 13th London African Music Festival © Ronke Lawal

Info: The Reapers Choir performed at Canada Water Culture Space as part of the 13th London African Music Festival on Monday 21 September 2015. Visit the Joyful Noise website for the full festival line up. The festival runs until Sunday 27 September 2015



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