By Shaik Fatima
The “Dynamos Umoja Concert,” composed of Black drama, music and poetry, which was held in the GSU Conference Auditorium Friday under the sponsorship of the M.L.K. Afro-American Center gave its audience more than a performance, but an added participating experience.
“Dynamos Umoja,” which is the theme of the black Christian conference which was held in Boston this weekend, is a “fusion of the Greek word for power and the Swahili word for unity—which represents a need for black Christians to relate to the concept of the Bible and to the historic African heritage.”
The two groups which appeared Friday, “The Living Voices of Truth” from Roxbury and “Black Truth” from Newark, New Jersey, expressed ”witnessing for Christ—through the black experience” as their purpose for coming to BU.
According to Edward Ellis, co-director of “The Living Voices of Truth,” the two groups, which ranged in ages from high-schoolers to graduate school students, “use their gifts of singing that God gave them to share and not to exploit people.”
The poetry and many of the songs used were written and accompanied on congas and piano by members of the groups.
With the purpose of “sharing the reality of Christ with the audience” the concert culminated with a gospel song in which the audience stood and participated.