Gospel group from U.S. plans three shows here starting Friday

Oscar Williams and the Band of Life will present their soul-warming gospel ballads to Costa Rican crowds. The group will give a 7 p.m. Saturday show in Limón at the Black Star Line.

The visit is part of the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program. Williams and the Band of Life will be giving presentations and classes that start Friday at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses.  The performance is at 7 p.m.

There are two more free presentations planned for Monday, at the public library in Limón at 9:30 a.m. and at the Instituto Tecnología de Costa Rica in Cartago at 4 p.m.. The educational program seeks to share the beauty and history of American music on a global scale an announcement said.

In 2005 the St. Louis, Missouri-based group’s debut album reached Billboard’s top 40 for best gospel albums. The group has traveled extensively and toured through Europe, Asia, and South America.

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