Compliments of the Nation
by MIALISA FENTY
Singing group IDMC had the audience do the
electric slide as the sang Lord I Lift Your Name On High to
the beat of Michael Jackson's ABC.
FOOD, FUN AND WORSHIP – one awesome
From 1 p.m. there were over 200 people at Farley
Hill National Park for the annual Gospelfest's big finale One Awesome
Day. An hour later, there were over 300 people and the numbers kept
rising as people – families, friends and fellow worshippers
– trickled in with chairs, blankets and food and scattered
themselves all over the park.
Food tents were in abundance and sponsors' flags
seemed to join in the praise and worship ceremony. All over the
grounds, it was a family affair.
The day was well on its way before the allotted
time with a pre-session with pianist Winston Dyal from Canada.
Bishop Malcolm from Britain blessed the day's proceedings
with a prayer, and the Agin Court Singers of Canada started the
ball rolling with a few a capella renditions.
The energetic Praise Academy Of Barbados didn't
disappoint, with reverent dance moves to Clap Your Hands (also the
name of the dance). They received a warm response from the crowd.
The youth outnumbered the over-40s, and their presence
was felt as they rocked to the music of deejay SPECIAL K who dropped
popular gospel dub hits from Jamaican artistes Stitchie and Papa
San, a teaser for what was to come later in the day.
The crowd seemed to get more and more hyped as the
afternoon progressed. Singing group IDMC had the audience dancing
the electric slide, while gospel veteran Sister Marshall had them
dancing and singing along with popular choruses like When You're
Standing On A Solid Rock, Goodbye World, Satan You Can't Prevail,
We've Got The Victory and more.
International Gospel Hall of Fame Joseph Niles also
graced the stage and he too had the crowd singing every word to
hits like Ship Ahoy and When I Got Saved.
||Producer of the show Adrian Agard
said: "This year continues to show the consistency
from Barbadian supporters. I am pleased with the growth of the
show over the years and the response continues to get better
Stitchie before his performanced
mingled with the crowd and offered photo opportunities with
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