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    January 17

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Gospel thriller

TRE GREAVES, tregreaves@nationnews.com

Added 24 January 2018


Thousands were at Kensington Oval to worship and praise the Lord on Monday. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.)

Thousands of Barbadians had their minds made up, and they had no intention of missing the Errol Barrow Day Sunset Concert at Kensington Oval.

In the section of the Oval made available for the concert on Monday evening, there was standing room only as scores of gospel lovers packed the venue to sing and dance for the Lord.

American gospel artiste and minister Donnie McClurkin was the headline act and the vocal powerhouse did not disappoint.

The Grammy Award winner entered the stage around 7:30 p.m. and warmed the crowds up with a Caribbean medley, which was well received.

He then thrilled the audience with songs such as I’ve Got My Mind Made Up, Days Of Elijah, Agnus Dei and Only You Are Holy.

During the evening, many of the patrons used their mobile phones and waved them in the air. The bright white lights that lit up the dark skies were mesmerising.

There was also a sense of warmth and brotherliness in the crowd amidst the worship. Many held hands and raised them as they sang and prayed fervently for the safety, healing and prosperity of the nation.

There were a number of Barbadian acts on the ticket, including the Gospelfest Dancers; winner of last year’s Richard Stoute Teen Talent Contest, Trinity Clarke; Alison Norville, and Pastor John Yarde, who performed during the earlier hours of the show.

Members of veteran gospel band Promise held their own as they reminded the audience why they became a household name with songs like Stand Up And Tell Me If You Love My Jesus, Everybody Ought To Know (Who Jesus Is), I Am Under The Rock and Oil In My Lamp.

The Barbados Gospelfest Association, in connection with the St Michael North West Development Foundation, organised the concert. (TG)


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