African Community Gospel Choir Competition



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The first Irish - African Community Gospel Choir Competition in 2006 was won by
See the 2007 competition here
See the 2008 Competition here
Listen to MP3 audio samples from the 2006 Competition by following the links below
(These files may take a few minutes to download depending on your system & internet connection)


Check back to this page very shortly to see more pictures from the event along with some audio samples

click this link to see more pictures from the competition

Applications to enter the 2007 competition are being taken from now until April 2007
Please apply here



FeileAfrica in association with Cork City Council is proud to announce the first ‘Irish – African Community Gospel Choir Competition’ taking place at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Bishop Street in Cork City on Saturday June 24th. 

Six Gospel choirs from around Ireland’s African Communities have been invited to compete against each other to win the 1000 Euro prize along with the Lord Mayor’s Trophy, a magnificent Crystal Glass vase hand-made in the ‘Old Cork Tower’ style by Cork Crystal, and the title of Ireland’s ‘Number One’ African Gospel Choir. The prizes will be presented on the day by The Lord Mayor of Cork City, Councillor Deidre Clune, on what will be the penultimate day of her Mayorship.

In the first year of this event the competing choirs are:

  • The Hosanna House Choir from Cavan
  • Elikya from Limerick
  • Beyond the Sky from Ennis
  • The Melody makers from Portlaois
  • Christ Restoration Ministries Choir from Cork
  • The Children of Soweto choir from Dublin

Each of the above choirs will perform for approximately 25 minutes and are allowed to sing in any language. The competition is open to all choirs working with or within Ireland’s African communities and is restricted to choirs of between 10 and 25 members. Most of these choirs will have musical accompaniment which may include, violin, trombone, congas, piano, guitar, drums and organ.

To ensure that this event is accessible to everyone we have kept the entry fee down to only 5 Euros per person and with a start time of 2.30 pm

Among this year’s judges will be Mel Mercier, head of Music at UCC. Stevie G, radio presenter and DJ at Cork City’s Red FM, Pamela Akinjobi, author of the book ‘Her Story’ (telling the life stories of 5 African women who migrated to Ireland), Catherine Mahoro, vice chairperson of AkidWa (The African Women’s Network of Ireland) and Seamus O’Connell, celebrity chef and presenter of ‘Soul Food’ on RTE1.

The magnificent St Fin Barre’s Cathedral was our first choice and the perfect venue in Cork City for staging such an event.

FeileAfrica is a movement that was founded in early 2003 to inject some ‘Cultural Diversity’ into Cork City’s music and arts scene, since then it has brought many artists from the African Diaspora to tour Ireland for performances and workshops, many for the very first time. FeileAfrica has also built relationships with many people within Ireland’s immigrant-musician community and is frequently asked to supply these artists to festivals and venues around the country.

The Irish- African Community Gospel Choir Competition is part of the 2006 Cork Midsummer Festival. It is hoped and presumed that this competition will become an annual event, subject to future sponsorship.

For further information/pictures/biogs etc on any of the above please contact Phil Bergan at or by calling 021 450 1737 (Mob 087 67 15151)



St Fin Barre's Cathedral Cork City

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