Voices of Imani
In the fall semester of the 1977 academic year at Boston College, a small group of black students, feeling the need to be closely connected in their new academic environment, congregated to encourage and support one another by singing the songs of their religious tradition and to give praise to almighty God. The students chose the name Imani, the Swahili word for faith, as the name for their group. In choosing the name Imani for their group, the students were recalling the lyrics of one of the great hymns of the black religious experience: "we've come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in His holy word, He's never failed us yet." The repertoire of the group is reflective of this great faith tradition in that it includes the breadth of musical expression in the black worship experience, i.e., spirituals, traditional gospel, contemporary gospel, as well as music of the European tradition.
In the fall of 1982, Prof. Hubert E. Walters was appointed as lecturer in African & African Diaspora Studies and Music at Boston College, and was asked to be the musical director for the Voices of Imani. Professor Walters served as musical director until the spring of 2010, when he handed the torch to Chauncey McGlathery. Read more about Prof. Walters and Voices of Imani in this article from the Boston College Chronicle
Voices of Imani is a student-based organization that is connected to the African & African Diaspora Studies Program as a laboratory for the courses taught by Mr. McGlathery. Membership in the organization is open to the entire student population at the college and the group is quite diverse in it make-up. For the past several years the group has toured various parts of the country during the spring break period. In recent years they have visited Tennessee, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, D.C., Virinia, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Chauncey McGlathery, Director of Voices of Imani
Chauncey has been around the world twice but the best of what he imagines has yet to manifest. Entering his fifth decade as a musical director, Chauncey is looking forward to recording and producing tracks for choirs and orchestras in every genre from jazz to hip hop. As he begins work on his latest manifesto, Music for the Stage, Chauncey continues to write plays and musicals designed to move each audience from spiritual unction to social action. His new play is entitled, The Irony of a Negro Policeman, exposing the genius behind the groundbreaking masterpiece of the same title-- jean Michel Basquiat.
David Altenor, Assistant Director of Voices of Imani
David Altenor is a multi-award winning artist, producer and songwriter who has been involved in music ministry since the age of 14, when he began playing the piano for church and choirs. In 2010 he heard a call from God to become an artist, bringing a new sound to the world that carries the message of God, love and inspiration through various genres of music. David uses his abilities to write, produce and arrange all of his own music. He has appeared on television, the Apollo Theater and various music tours. In 2012, he launched a music production company, KingdomSound Productions, LLC. KingdomSound Productions, LLC is an organization that creates positive music that strives to affect change. This company aims to spread global social change and improve communities around the world. Also a Boston College Alum, David is from Everett, MA and has earned a degree in Theology from Boston College in 2009. For more information to to keep updated on David’s schedule and projects please visit his website at www.davidisoffkey.com.
For more information on the Voices of Imani, please visit their website at www.voicesofimani.com