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Guyana GospelFest 2015 Review

GospelFest 2015 – An Unforgettable Experience

Extracted from http://www.thecomfortzoneent.org/

by: – Samuel Medas

 

I finally got home from the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. My voice was gone and feet were in pain from gyrating all night. The only thing missing was a one-two stagger and somebody could’ve easily assumed I was a drunkard coming home from a Mash-fete.

But no. Even though this was no wild stage show full of alcohol and lawlessness, it will certainly go down in history as one of the best Mash-memories that Christians in Guyana will hold on to… unless somebody decides to do a repeat next year *wink wink*

I was approached on September 3rdof last year and asked to be a part of a concert to be held on Mash Night 2015 featuring International Gospel Artistes like Dj Nicholas & Positive. My first thought was “MASH NIGHT? That’s crazy”. Being into Christian entertainment myself, I understood how great a task it is to host an event on the same night as many other events… especially those hosted by Guyana’s tycoons. But what I did not realize, was that for many Christians who usually stay home on Mash day to avoid the… “craziness”, this would be the perfect opportunity to come out and have good, clean fun. And furthermore what I failed to remember is that even if Dj Nicholas shows up for a concert in Guyana ten times in one year, the crowds will show up ten times too. So five days to show time when people started scrambling for already scarce tickets, it was a clear indication that it would be a monumental gathering at Cliff Anderson.

And monumental it was. I went to the bar with my friends, stacked up on drink supplies for the night (non-alcoholic of course), secured our spot in the already huge and growing crowd, and got soaked in sweat from praising God through the night. They could not have chosen a better MC for Gospel Fest. Pastor Simon Harris; who I’m sure fit right into the “Over 50” group he was making fun of; brought the fire to the stage and showed everyone what it meant to be a chairperson. I was taking notes.

I was highly impressed by the performances and attitude of the international artists and their musicians. They delivered well, adjusted well and did not make a public scene when the police came to shut the concert down at 12:30, and (most striking to me) still brought

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the fire even though they had to work through the adverse conditions of a sound system that left much to be desired. I still dream about going to a concert and not having to complain about sound. But whether or not there were issues to be trashed out afterwards, the masses will never know because the artists were professional in public. Positive sure raked in a lot of new Guyanese fans on his first visit with his unique swag and coolness to match his excellent music, and I’ve already been hearing people talking about bringing Sherwin Gardner back soon. As to Dj Nicholas, well… he might as well buy a piece of land and build a house here. We love him.

But perhaps the most significant aspect of the night for me; and maybe many others; is one that has been recurring over the past three years dating back to the GT&T Donnie

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McClurkin Concert – and that is the great improvement in the musical sound and presentation of our own Guyanese Artistes. As a matter of fact let me back up, and applaud them for the great team spiritedness they displayed. The atmosphere backstage was a jovial and light as in the crowd, and being an artiste myself I understand how great it feels to have your fellow Artistes encourage you before and after you leave the stage. I was even more touched at Kester D’s kind gesture of cutting his performance in half to introduce a fresh face to the music scene and give him exposure. If that same attitude can be perpetuated to other aspects of our struggling Christian Music Industry, it would work wonders for us in the next five years.

Everyone brought their A-game. Even the talented youngsters from R.L.I.C that were barely visible from behind the keys and drums. Cherlyn Maloney’s set was very well put together and Redeemers’ energetic Soca performance made us break a sweat very early. Shawn English, who from long time has chosen the Hip-Hop route, owned the stage with his cousin and band. The crowd was amazing and I could only hope that we all kept it holy and refrained from “thiefin a lil backball”

 

It can only get better from here once the right spirit and purpose for hosting Christian events like these is maintained. GospelFest 2015 was a great response to the question of what really is Christian entertainment. Kudos to the promoters who worked hard to make this possible and it is good to know that you who were behind the curtain planning, are actually Christians. Even though you guys are fresh on the scene, you certainly turned heads.

Lets do this again sometime. Soon. Real soon.

– Samuel Medas

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Gospelfest 2015

No Alkaline in Guyana

 

Shereita Grizzle, STAR Writer

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He is set to make his first appearance in Guyana over the weekend, but his imminent performance in the country has been met by heavy resistance by at least one outreach organisation.

Joshua Generation, the Youth Arm of Love and Faith World Outreach Ministries, have made it clear that they do not support the move by Hits and Jams Entertainment to have dancehall artiste Alkaline perform at their Jamzone Summer Break.

The youth outreach group is hoping the organisers will think twice about the artiste’s appearance. In their letter to the country’s national newspaper, Starbroeke, the group gave reasons why they oppose Alkaline’s performance.

“We’ve decided that we will take a stand and make it known that we do not appreciate and will not condone Hits and Jams bringing artistes like Alkaline to our land. This is a position we maintain in relation to this particular artiste and any others whose music and lifestyle do nothing to positively uplift our youth,” they said.

7486ad1e449074a72c97b44c9a0f1d23The youth group used the artiste’s ban in other countries to support their stance. “It has been made public that Alkaline, Tommy Lee and other artistes of similar nature have been barred from performing in some countries, therefore, begging the question as to why we should expose our youth to this level of vulgarity.”

The letter goes on to state that Alkaline and other dancehall artistes, including Tommy Lee, play an important part in the deterioration of the society’s moral standings. Not only is the group asking that the artiste’s performance be cancelled, but they are also calling on the nation’s president to act on getting local radio stations to stop playing the artiste’s music.

Despite the opinions of the youth organisation, it seems to be all systems go for the young artiste. The Weekend STAR was told by a member of Alkaline’s management team that the artiste will be performing as scheduled.

“The promoters have assured us that he will be performing as scheduled, nothing has changed,” the representative said. The 19-year-old entertainer, who has been booked for the show since June, is set to perform on Saturday.

Source: http://jamaica-star.com/

Israel Houghton Promises Disappearing Act on Stage

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Dr. Kwame Gilbert ,Israel Houghton, Yog Mahadeo & Adrian Lall

Grammy award winning gospel artiste arrives in Guyana for what is said to be a night of powerful praise and worship.

The event is set for the Guyana National Stadium and according to Inspire Inc. promoters the stadium will see numbers greater than that of previous gospel concerts.

“What weather? i see great weather with blessings from above,”  Yog Mahadeo CEO of Inspire Inc. remarked in response to concerns raised about the overcast weather conditions currently in Georgetown Guyana.

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Head Table at Press Conference

Featured Singer Israel Houghton says he is honored to be in Guyana with his entire band and believes that something great will happen tonight.

He further states that the more exciting moment in the performance is that point when he as a Performer/Worshiper fades away from the spotlight and the audience is guided to God who is the center of it all.

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Israel Houghton Tweets

Israel Houghton Tweets

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