Promoting African Youth Choral Music
Sauti Ya Furaha was established in 2013 with the aim to spread beautiful, energetic and authentic African youth choral music on an international level. There are thousands of youth choirs on the African continent that share their faith in the most beautiful melodious ways but yet only a few people are able to listen to their music. Sauti Ya Furaha wants to give these young choirs a global stage and therefore records their songs and distributes them online.
The name Sauti Ya Furaha derives from Swahili language and means “Voice of Joy”. This name shall expresses the great happiness with which these young singers express their faith is communicated through the gospel songs.
All songs are recorded directly at the place where the youth choirs usually practice, which enables an authentic and exciting sound experience. The current recording tool that is used for these recordings is a Zoom H2N recorder.
This music project was established by Thomas Mecha, who fell in love with African choral music during his service as a lay missionary in Kenya in 2007/08. During the following years he listened to various choirs in different African countries and started the idea of recording choirs himself. Sauti Ya Furaha was born! We have so far released albums from two youth Choirs from Moshi, Tanzania. We plan to release albums with Ghanaian and Burundian youth choirs in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Sauti Ya Furaha values the artistic talents and performances of the young artists very much. The youth choirs thus receive 60% of the profit of all LP sales.
We want to give wonderful African gospel music more visibility so that this inspirational music can reach and touch as many people in the world as possible!