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Gospel fills few gathered

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Reverend Glen Graham giving a fiery performance at the recent Gospel Concert Extravaganza, held in Bellevue, St Elizabeth.
A section of the small gathering.-Photos by Cecilia Campbell
Sista Sasha in full swing.
George Nooks FILE

Warm spirits in cold Bellevue, St Elizabeth

Cecelia Campbell, Contributor

Despite the poor audience turnout at Gospel Concert Extravaganza, held recently in Bellevue, St Elizabeth, gospel artistes gave powerful performances, working their hearts out as they ministered the word of God in music.

Advertised to begin at 6 p.m., the show started some minutes before 9 p.m. Fortunately, it turned out to be worth waiting for. The lone secular artiste on the bill, George Nooks, was a perfect fit as he had the small gathering singing along to gospel favourites such as God Will Take Care of You and Not One Broken Vessel, as well as his hit God is Standing By.

Following an enjoyable stint from Bunny Anderson, Sista Sasha was in full swing. She started the ball rolling with When The Devil Say No, followed by Jesus A Di Don and Shake The Devil Off.

She ended her set by sharing some fancy footwork with MC Basillia Barnaby-Cuff of Love 101 FM radio, closing on a high.

Reverend Glen Grahams fiery delivery was the remedy needed for a chilly night that was getting colder by the minute. With songs such as Oh If I Miss Heaven, Dont Want Satan To Be My Friend and Lord Send Me A Surplus, he kept the adrenaline flowing.

At 11:38 p.m. Jabez brought the curtains down on Gospel Concert Extravaganza with a supercharged performance. He had the crowd dancing away to songs such as A Nuh One Prayer Mi Pray. The mood changed to a reflective one when he delivered Drinking From My Saucer and the appropriate closing number, Its Over.

You might be going through your situation and you think it will never end, but I am here to tell you that its over; you gonna have a turnaround, were Jabezs encouraging words before launching into the last notes of the song.

Earlier in the evening, certificates of appreciation were presented to community stalwarts, a move that was initiated by the shows promoter Gurvan Whitely in honour of his mother, Doris Louise Whitely.