SPONSORS–Chris Moore, left, and Joyce Meggerson-Moore, fourth from left, with members of the Manhattans. (Photos by Richena Brockinson)

SPONSORS–Chris Moore, left, and Joyce Meggerson-Moore, fourth from left, with members of the Manhattans. (Photos by Richena Brockinson)

The sweet beat of good old fashion soul music is a soothing balm to people of all nations, creeds and colors. Gerald Alston and the members of the Manhattans singing group learned how much their music influences culture on a recent performance trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.

“They played our music there every Sunday during apartheid to release some of the stress that they were having,” explained Manhattans front man Gerald Alston. “The Manhattans are a part of South African history. We were one of the top groups there back during apartheid. We gave a lot of South Africans people comfort and support during Sundays.”

GERALD ALSTON

GERALD ALSTON

During the group’s recent trip, they performed in Cape Town in addition to Johannesburg and Alston said people traveled from various parts of the country to see the mighty manhattans perform.

“We gave total peace and happiness to the people and we’re proud of that,” said Alston who has been a member of the Manhattans for 46 years.

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