Vibe - 8/96, p.145
"No matter what type of gospel music you like, you can find it on the first offering of Abakhethwa's CHOSEN..."
Chosen: Unity Nkosi, Sipho James Mbesa, Isaac Mthethwa, Musa Clate Motloba (vocals).
Additional personnel: Paul Jackson (guitar); Abraham Laboriel (acoustic guitar, bass); Russell Glover, Jeff Walker (keyboards); Timmy Allen, Mitchell Jones (keyboards, programming); Scott V. Smith, Bill Pearson, Ali Page, Montrell Darrett (programming); Alex Acuna (percussion).
Producers: Scott V. Smith, Mitchell Jones, Ali Page, Montrell Darrett.
Personnel: Paul Jackson (guitar); Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (acoustic guitar); Mitchell Jones (keyboards, programming); Tim Allen (keyboards, drum programming); Jeff Walker (keyboards); Scott V. Smith (synthesizer, drum programming); Bill Pearson (synthesizer); Alex Acu¤a (percussion); Ali Page (programming, drum programming); Montrell Darrett (programming).
Audio Mixers: Chris Trevett; Doug Rider; Tim Allen.
Audio Remixer: Tim Allen.
Recording information: Minds Eye, Temple City CA; O'Henry's Sound Studios, Burbank CA; Schrimshaw, Nashville TN; Sunrise Studios, Detroit MI; Twelve Oaks, Smyrna GA.
Photographer: Matthew Barnes .
Arrangers: Abakhethwa; Scott V. Smith.
Chosen's eponymous album is rich with South African gospel traditions, but it also demonstrates several strains of American Southern gospel, which is only appropriate since the quartet are native Africans now living in Atlanta. It's a deeply moving album that proves that gospel music is much more varied than many naysayers would have you believe. ~ Leo Stanley