Oh Happy Day! Gospel school for Adeje!

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The international gospel singer Latonius will direct a workshop in Adeje under the title ‘Uniting Nations’ during Easter Week

From this month Adeje is set to become a reference point for Gospel lovers and singers internationally. The councillor for culture and creative development has announced that the council will open a municipal International Gospel School, with courses, classes and performances all year round in this kind of music, which has its roots in the old Negro spirituals, many of which have been sung since the 1600s, becoming very popular in the 1800s.

During Easter Week, with the assistance of the world famous Milwaukee born singer, Tony Jermaine Earl, or the Latonius as he is known, the first workshop will be held, under the working title, “Uniendo Naciones” (uniting nations) and The Latonius Choir will sing in concert on March 12th in the Adeje Cultural Centre. The workshop will be run over three days, from March 10th to 12th, and is for people with or without choral experience (nearly all places are taken, with a huge international interest in the workshop). The workshop will look at the place of Gospel in our lives today, as well as practical workshops, vocal exercises, choral lessons and the concert on March 12th.

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Following months of negotiations, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso were delighted to be able to confirm that this would be the first in a series of workshops with the establishment of the International Gospel School in Adeje. According to the councillor the school will initially be based in the Adeje cultural centre, for space reasons, but will ultimately move to the Adeje School of Music and Dance, “which is a model music centre and has all the infrastructure needed for this kind of course”, said the councillor. It is also envisaged that a number of international gospel artists will travel from Europe and the United States of America to host workshops and master classes.

The Latonius
Tony Jermaine Earl, Latonius, was born in Milwakee into a musical family, and lived and breathed singing from the day he was born. He sings across a range of disciplines – pop, soul, R&B, and Gospel – and has shared stages with some of the industry greats, including Sarah Vaughan, Al Jarreau, E. La Quint Weaver & the Hallelujah Singers, Darnell Davis & The Remnant, Isaac Cates & Ordained, and many more.

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He now divides his professional time between Europe and the United States and has lived in Hamburg, in Germany for a number of years. He works with the Be Fly Music production and composition company and has released a number of singles.