Gospelfest blessings for the Bees
THE SWEET SOUNDS of gospel music engulfed the serene grounds of Farley Hill National Park yesterday for the annual Courts One Awesome Day.
Thousands of gospel lovers packed into the picturesque St Peter venue armed with picnic baskets and umbrellas to culminate the 2018 Gospelfest week of activities.
As the day went on, many more turned up for the 26th annual show.
Organiser of Gospelfest, Adrian Agard, also took time to send well wishes to the new Government.
“Hearty congratulations to the BLP [Barbados Labour Party] for an outstanding election victory. We will continue to pray for our Government. I pray continued success for this Government; pray God’s wisdom and direction for them,” he told the DAILY NATION around the time the new Cabinet was being sworn in at Bay Street, St Michael.
Others expressed their appreciation.
Keriann Hurley, better known as Sirrah the gospel singer, who was taking in the performances onstage, said her only wish was that the Government allow God to lead them.
“For the current Government I wish them all the best. I pray that God will guide them and that they will listen to Him, and that they will be open to being used by Him for the benefit of our country. He establishes governments and He takes them down. As a Christian, I don’t think about party, I just think about governance and God’s sovereignty over it all,” she said.
Sherissa Harris said: “In terms of the Government that we have now, everything they do will affect us. The people have spoken and they chose. My wish is that in going forward, they would make decisions for us.”
Leandra Watson, who was with her daughters, said it was going to be a challenge getting the country back on track, but with God’s guidance, she knew the Government could do it.
“I congratulate the Right Honorable Mia Mottley. I wish her success in everything. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I know that with the right procedure things will go correct – putting God first and seeking advice. She has a task ahead of her. It’s not like we are going to wake up tomorrow and everything is going to be fine,” she said.
Watson also called on the Government to work together to get the job done.
On stage , there was a wide spectrum of genres, including reggae, soca and some dancehall, and along traditional gospel to which the crowd jumped, waved and worshipped.
Although the crowds were not as large in comparison to previous years, those who came out had a grand time.
They embraced the likes of Excellency & Pure Fire, Lamont Saunders, Stacy Little, Good News Chapel Praise Team and Alida Sharpe during the early part of the day.
Chozenn, out of Kingston, Jamaica, brought a different flavour to the stage with his dancehall gospel. He had the crowd moving their feet and waving their rags.
From there, the action picked up with Promise led by Sheldon Hope who were later joined by singer Tony Lowe.
They had theose on the Hill jumping and waving to songs like Who Started The Waving Thing, I Command My Feet and I Believe.
Local favourite John Yarde, and overseas acts Jonathan McReynolds and Jason Mighty, were down to close the show. (DB)