Gospel blast for Independence

high noteIt is going to be a very busy 48th anniversary of Independence weekend and pre-Christmas   for Barbadian gospel artists.

The celebrations will begin with the Massy Independence Gospel Explosion, which this year was scheduled to cover three days –– Friday, November 28, to Sunday, November 30 (Independence Day).

While the producers will also be placing a strong focus on local performers this time around, as they declare the theme Ushering In His Presence, two international gospel acts are slated to guest-perform as well.

On the opening day of the Independence Gospel Explosion under the sub-theme Ministry Of Word In His Presence, that event will be at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre in Country Road, St Michael, where Bishop Wesley Dear of Covenant Life will deliver the Word of the general theme. This starts at 6 p.m. and is free to all.

The following day, November 29, was expected to be Our Daily Bread Drive Motorcade. However, the producers have told High Note that owing to circumstances beyond their control, it has been postponed, possibly until early next year to coincide with the HIV Food Bank Daily Bread Food Drive.

But do not fear, the much anticipated Gospel Explosion itself is definitely still on. That will obviously happen on Independence Day at the Wildey Gymnasium from 6.30 p.m.

“It is the day we give thanks to God for our 48 years of Independence –– in plenty and in time of need,” said the producers.

A long list of local gospel artists is expected to deliver the highest quality of song and music, and they include James Leacock, Allison Norville-Forde, Gozzy, Sheldon Hope and John King. Others are Omar Osbourne, Dave Cumberbatch, Praise United, Shem White and Sherry Ann Maughn, the Flow Gospel Challenge winner. All these are backed by the SIFA Gospel Choir and SIFA Backing Band.

Gozzy
Gozzy
James Leacock
James Leacock
Sheldon Hope
Sheldon Hope

The two international gospel artists coming in for this event are recording act Bridget Blucher and six-time Stellar Award winner and Grammy-nominated recording singer/songwriter Vashawn Mitchell.

Bridget Blucher
Bridget Blucher

“The producers promise they will continue to explore all possibilities to ensure that the local gospel music culture gains the recognition it truly deserves. It is the commitment of the organizers to continue to reach beyond their ability to produce a worship event for God’s glory,” added the producers.

The next day, December 1, there will be another event –– Gospel Expo: Block Praize. That is being produced by top gospel band Promise, and takes place at Block 14, Newton Industrial Estate, Christ Church, running from 3 p.m. until the last man –– or woman  –– is left standing.

The organizers are erecting two stages and featuring six DJs, along with an array of local artistes, who will be in the Praise Zone. We are talking about people like Big JimNew Connections, Chosen Generation, Miraclettes, Gozzy, Hoszia, Sirrah, Makonem, Richard Antonio, Mr Warrington, Neil Crichlow And Life, Soul Winners, Marcus King, Romaro Greaves, Alaina Greenidge, Richard Antonio, Redbwoy, Sherry Ann Maughn, Shanice Lashley and yours truly. Also appearing will be spoken word artist Marcus King.

 That’s it from me for now. Blessings.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

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