The Blind Boys of Alabama / The Como Mamas
“Seeing The Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert” (The Washington Post)
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognised around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. Not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions, the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st century.
Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s, the band has preserved through seven decades to become one of the most recognised and decorated Gospel Soul music groups in the world. There’s nothing quite like the uplifting power they produce – a unique musical experience.
Opening the show, The Como Mamas are three lifelong Gospel singers from the small town of Como Mississippi. On their new, critically acclaimed Daptone album ‘Get an Understanding’ there are only three instruments – the voices of Ester Mae Smith, Angela Taylor, and Della Daniels – and it’s so powerful you don’t need anything else.