Well, what a beautiful addition is Emmanuel to everyone’s 2020 Christmas music collection. It certainly wouldn’t have felt normal in the music scene without another release from Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir.
Emmanuel is defined in Scripture as “God with us.”
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” Matthew 1:23 (KJV) states.
The newest addition from Mr West features a five-song composition titled Emmanuel, which serves as a follow-up to 2019’s Jesus is Born, according to a press release.
With 2019’s Jesus Is Born Christmas Day release and now the Emmanuel EP in 2020, this may be signaling the start of a tradition from the famed (or infamous) rapper, producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.
West executive produced and composed the five-song, 12-minute EP, which begins with the Western Christian prayer, “Requiem Aeternam”, or “Eternal Rest”. “O Mira Nox” follows, which roughly translates to “O Holy Night”. “O Magnum Mysterium” and “Puer” follow, before the EP ends with West’s reimagination of the Christian hymn “Gloria”.
According to press materials, Emmanuel the EP serves as a “Celebration of the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ.” Replete with Gregorian chants and compositions “Inspired by ancient and Latin music,” Emmanuel highlights the powerful impact vocals can have on a listener.
Emmanuel is now available on all platforms.
1. REQUIEM AETERNAM
2. O MIRA NOX
3. O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM
Image: Kanye West performs Sunday Service during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California. (Getty Images)