Genesis 2019 a festival of entertainment and ministry
For the second consecutive year, the gospel extravaganza Genesis was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road. As is customary, the show, held on New Year's Day, drew a congregation that was a nice blend of age groups.
But it was through the performers that the mandate of the, Jamaica Youth for Christ (JYFC) - 'Bringing hope to Jamaica's youths' - came to the fore. The line-up was made up of predominantly young acts, but their performances were a kaleidoscope of maturity, creativity and energy, which resulted in a rather lengthy programme but a refreshing music ministry.
While singing was the principal conduit for the praise fest, the group Gifted Youth Ministry opted to minister with mime. Their high-energy performance, enhanced by costumes and props, kept the congregation tuned in.
Lucas was one of the young vocalists who performed, and his acoustic rhythm was a breath of fresh air. A taste of his upcoming album, Switch up the Cycle, and the dance that goes with the title track were a part of his offerings. Rian Davis came to "celebrate with joy and happiness" as was illustrated in his full red attire. His special treat was his catchy lyrics - "sin nah wear again."
Kimola Brown-Lowe was just as creative with her lyrics. She sang with passion and power, as did Kevin Downswell's mother, Miriam Levy.
Rondell Positive had the audience on their feet with hits such as; You Purpose ah Call Yuh and Miracle Worker. His introduction of Buju Banton's Destiny, however, changed the festive mood to an uneasy curiosity. "Man have dominion over earth," he said quoting scriptures to support his point. "If the song you write does not come from the Bible, it is not gospel." He then proceeded to make the connection between Banton's song and the Bible before ending his set with Cover Me, Cover Me.
The experienced Lubert Levy was late for the show, and obviously in a combative mood. After venting, he told the audience to "learn to forgive" and ended his set with Roll, Jordan, Roll.
At approximately 6: 30 a.m., DJ Nicholas brought back the joy and celebration to the event, especially with the barriers removed, allowing fans to get closer to the stage. With songs such as Back to the Owner and Sad Story, he had the audience rejoicing. The set ended with the requested The Paramedics.
Other acts included Tevaun Brown, Lucas Musiq, Perpetual Sound of Praise and Soul Touch Ministry. Director of JYFC Dexter Johnson was happy to continue the tradition of ringing in the new year in such a joyous fashion for the past 32 years.