Timeline of Gospel Choir in Africa

African gospel choir

The gospel choir is the music that is usually sung in the churches and during Christmas. The purpose of this music is not one but many. Some of these purposes are that this music is played to give the aesthetic pleasure, it is also sung as the ceremonial music and for a religious purpose. During Christmas, it is sung due to the belief of Christianity on Jesus Christ’s birth and their resurrection. In the late 1800s, a gospel choir was published by the African-American churches and now it has become one of the music genres. The African gospel choir was the band of gospel music that started to merge various styles of music with the worship services.


The timeline of gospel chair in Africa started in the late 1800s but it goes back to the 1700s. The African choir is all over the world. You can see the African choir Sydney, African choir London and many more. The whole timeline of African choir is given below:

18th century

The very first lyrics of the gospel choir were written in the 1760s by English writers. These writers were John Newton and Augustus Toplady. Both of them were the members of Anglican Church. They were not originally from the African-American group but were accepted by them. it took many years to add the standardized tunes in these lyrics to make a musical choir.

19th century

The 19th century was the time when the very first gospel song was published. In 1874, a songbook entitles, the Gospel Songs, was published. All of the gospel songs of this album were very easy to understand and were sing-able. The earliest gospel songs were composed and formed by George F. Root, Philip Bliss, William Howard Doane, Charles H. Gabriel, and Fanny Crosby. Philip Bliss joints effort with Ira D. Sankey and issued number 1 to 6 of Gospel Hymns in 1875. Sankey and Bliss’ gospel song collection can be found in numerous libraries today.

20th century

The 20th century was the time when radio was being introduced to the people. This radio caused an increase in the audience and James D. Vaughan utilized radio as a necessary piece of his plan of action. He, along with the radio, added the travelling groups of four to broadcast the gospel music books he published a few times a year. This was the time when the piano was used in the recording of gospel music. It was used by Arizona Dranes.