Take 6 took Cuba by storm in historic concert

Posted: 13-Oct-15 13:54

Celebrated Gospel a capella group Take 6 recently visited Cuba and became the first vocal group from the US to perform there in over half a century. The gig was organized by the newly reopened US Embassy in Havana and was another step in rebuilding diplomatic ties.

Take 6 took Cuba by storm in historic concert

A few days ago something special happened in Cuba. For the first time in more than 50 years, a concert by American artists was held there. The historic event took place on Saturday 26th September at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana and the musicians on stage were multiple Grammy Award-winning a capella group Take 6.

It is one of the first of hopefully many joint US-Cuba initiatives going forward following the recent reopening of diplomatic ties. The event was organised by the newly reopened US Embassy and was a part of the Les Voix Humaines Festival.

Take 6 is a well established name on the American and global music scene. Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley are the owners of the incredible voices that produce the magical harmonies in hits like ‘So Much 2 Say' and ‘Beautiful World'.

And yes, Claude is the brother of celebrated 90s RandB sensation Brian McKnight. The sextet has been around now for more than three decades and have scored 10 Grammies and 10 Dove Awards. Blending jazz, gospel and RandB elements, the group has managed to carve a distinctive niche for themselves that has lasted the test of time. Small wonder they've been invited to perform in front of US presidents and other dignitaries.

Highly decorated and venerated as Take 6 is, they were especially excited when the opportunity to perform in Cuba came up. More than the chance to share their popular songs with a new audience, the group was all too aware of the historic dimension of their performance in the Cuban capital. And of course the fact that it was the first time ever for the group to visit Cuba made it all the more special.

That being said, there was a small hitch as the group arrived with one of the members being detained for two hours as visa issues were ironed out. But that little hiccup was quickly forgotten as Take 6 took the stage for their set at 11pm that Saturday night. The 5,000-strong audience exploded with cheering as the six vocalists belted out their hits. At the end of the show the group were unanimous that it was the best show they'd ever put on. And to cap off their visit, the singers spent three days touring the country, even holding impromptu gigs like the one they held at the National School of Art.


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