Music for money

Fund raising events to assist in completion of church and charities

Gospel music is again being used to raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes. On this occasion, two events are on the cards – one to assist in completing a new church and the other contributing to three local charities.

The Covenant Life Teaching Centre (CLTC) on Green Hill, St Michael is staging a concert at the same venue on Sunday, October 26, seeking to raise $20,000 for completion of the lower level of the new church so that worshippers can move in by December this year.

The CLTC has invited an impressive lineup of local headline acts that it expects will lure a large number of patrons. And if the names of the artistes down to perform are anything to go by, then this concert should be well attended. Some of the big acts slated to hit the stage are the global travelling recording artiste De Warrior, Arnal Gozzy Goslin who is launching his debut album on November 8, Shane Forrester from the musical Forrester family, and emerging talent Raphael Saul. The show, which is entitled Raise Da Roof – High Praise 2014, begins at 6 p.m. The entrance fee is $15 (adults) and $10 (children).

The other fund raising outing is the Gozzy debut album launch. Part of the proceeds from this event will support three local charities.


When Gozzy hits the stage on November 8 at the M Power Complex on Country Road, St Michael for his 6 p.m. Gozzy Music production, some of the large names in local gospel music will also be there to boost the musical praise party.

Included are De Warrior, Nayan Mr Warrington Warrington, Larix, Ignyte and Redbwoy.


The album – Redemption Music – is a reggae production reminiscent of the sounds of Bob Marley. In fact, you might think – at least initially – that you were listening to a Marley album if you didn’t know it was Gozzy.

The admission is $30 (adults), $20 (youth between 11 and 19), while children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.

In the meantime, Gozzy has released his single Walk On By, one of the tracks from his new album.

And speaking of singles, the 2014/2015 Barbados Music Awards Gospel Artiste of the Year nominee and recording artiste Neesha Woodz will be launching hers to the general public on November 1, during her Blessing After Blessing concert. The single, entitled Express Yourself, is already making waves on local radio after the video was recently launched on social networks.

Neesha will perform the single live for the first time during the concert at the Church of the Nazarene on Collymore Rock, St Michael. Express Yourself is one of the tracks on Neesha’s second album that is scheduled to hit the market in April next year.

With 15 more days to go before her big show, social network is already “burning up” with favourable comments regarding her soca single, with people saying they can hardly wait until November 1.

Neesha will be getting lots of support considering that the Pulse Radio team and DJ Gerard will be among influential entities in the house.

Check out these other happenings in the coming week:

In an effort to preserve the interest and awareness of classical music in Barbados, the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and the St Peter’s Parish Church, in association with the choral group Belle Voci Cantanti, will host two musical events. Both are in tribute to five stalwarts of the classical genre in the island – Dr John G. Fletcher, the late Gerald Hudson, the late Bentley Callender, the late Doris Provencal and the late Colin Norville.

The first event is An Evening at the Organ. It will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St Peter’s Parish Church, Speightstown. This will feature the highly acclaimed US church and recitalist organist William Bill Randolph Jnr. In addition to showcasing Randolph’s excellent organ skills, a number of young local organists will be exposed. They are Rico Cummins, Akhanni Drakes Popo and Neil Grogan.

Dr Fletcher and the late Hudson and Callender are widely reputed as three of this country’s most accomplished church organists and choirmasters of the 20th century, responsible for nurturing and maintaining the outstanding tradition of Anglican Church music in Barbados.

The entrance fee for that event is $25.

Voices of Classical Music– the second musical showcase – will be a choral tribute to the outstanding contribution made to vocal/choral classical music in Barbados by the late Provencal and Norville. This concert is being held at the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Jemmott’s Lane, St Michael on Sunday, October 26, beginning at 8 p.m. It will highlight performances by some of Barbados’ leading choral groups. The contribution to this is $30.

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