Ambassador Theatre Comes Alive With Christmas Joy In The Bass
Residents of Trench Town filled the Ambassador Theatre for worship, praise and comedy at the Christmas Joy in the Bass, hosted by Joy Town Community Development Foundation, on Wednesday night.
Chosen Generation from opening act Anishca Judah - accompanied by her praise team - resounded throughout the community from the roofless building, which has remained the landmark for talent shows of yesteryear which unearthed many of today's world famous performers. She closed her segment with, You Deserve It.
Pastor Rohan Treleven opened in prayer after which Major Richard Cooke, president of Joy Town Community Development Foundation welcomed patrons.
Pastor Junior Tucker's energetic delivery of his signature songs, Sold Out and Real Real, had the audience singing along before renowned Jamaican keyboardist Chris McDonald made an impromptu appearance to perform Go Tell It On The Mountain and his new song, What Christmas Means To Me, before closing with, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
The Radical Vessels Dance Ministry was well received and set the stage for gospel 'sing-jay' Chozenn who had the audience on their feet, dancing and singing, as he declared, 'God Love Yuh Enuh' and performed Jelly Wata, among other favourites.
Then it was time for gospel songbird Carlene Davis, dressed in red and black, she filled the air with Silent Night, done on the contemporary MPLA rhythm. She moved into her popular cover of Nobody Greater; new single Praising God and her big Christmas hit, Santa Clause Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto.
But, one of the highlights of the evening was when Davis was joined on stage by husband Tommy Cowan doing his famous Flash My Dread to the tune of Jingle Bells.
The island's most famous comedy act Ity and Fancy Cat, had the audience in stitches, as their jokes flowed with reflections of inner-city living. However, they had sobering words for the youth, encouraging them to live in love and turn from crime and violence.
Master saxophonist Dean Frazer, who grew up in Trench Town, wowed the joyful audience with stellar renditions of Happy by Pharrell and So Amazing by Luther Vandross. He closed his set with Bob Marley's Redemption Song.
When MC Tommy Cowan introduced one of the island's most popular gospel performers, Kevin Downswell, the crowd went wild. And he had their attention for his entire performance which included favourites like, All The Way, If It's Not You and Goodbye World. Downswell also included in his set some well known Jamaican choruses, but he knew he couldn't leave the stage before performing his most requested, You Make Me Stronger, which induced an alter call, led by Pastor Nikita Williams of Trench Town. Scores of persons responded to the call for salvation, deliverance and healing, with many giving their lives to the Lord.
Sponsors of the event included: Glory Music; Jamaica Broilers Group; Kevin Downswell Ministries; Phase 3 Productions; Grizzly's; Boys Town Vocational Training Centre; and Henley Morgan's Agency for Inner-City Renewal.
The gospel artistes all performed free of cost.