By Fitzroy Williams, Staff Reporter
GOOD FRIDAY evening 2002 will long be remembered by the hundreds of people who witnessed one of the best shows held in Portmore, St. Catherine.
The event, which took place at the Faith Temple New Testament Church of God, was dubbed 'Moments in Praise - Part 2'. The concert featured international artistes George Banton, Raul Cousley, Calvin Lawrence and friends, Claude Edwards and the Blair brothers, reunited for the first time in almost 30 years.
Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., the chapel was overcrowded and buzzing with excitement by 6 p.m. The show got off to a smooth start with the Praise and Worship team from the church entertaining the huge gathering until it was time for the big names to take the stage.
Raul Cousley, the top performer for the night, belted out songs like We Shall Behold Him, Ancient of Days and Anointing Fall on Me. Members of the audience were silent and attentive as they watched the maestro at work. He was well received.
The crowd erupted with the introduction of local artiste Calvin Lawrence. He thrilled the crowd with songs like He Didn't Throw the Clay Away, When I Call on Jesus, Doesn't Matter What Colour You Are, and ended with a medley of choruses.
Claude Edwards from Beulaland Ministry, probably the best singer of the night, took the crowd to a different level and the people sang with him throughout his performance. He performed hits like All God's Children, Beulaland, Jesus On The Main Line and Sweet Anointing.
After the intermission, the Blair Brothers took the stage and the crowd erupted. For almost five minutes the audience shouted and clapped vigorously while the brothers humbly settled in. Once they began, it was like heaven came to earth as everyone joined them in worshipping and praising God in song. The Family Circle, In The Arms Of Sweet Deliverance, I Wouldn't Take Nothing From My Journey Now and I Saw the Light were some of the songs they sang to the Glory Of God.
The crowd kept shouting for more, more and more. The brothers went back on-stage and continued where they left off. Many were amazed at their performance and wondered if the reunion would last.
George Banton, the final artiste of the night, moved the crowd to tears. Men and women cried, screamed and wailed as George provided a wonderful ending to an awesome night.
After he rolled out hits like Sit Down Servant, I'm Next In Line for My Blessing and Waiting By the River, it was only the quick response of the Rev. W.A. Blair that brought the chapel to prayer. He sent out an altar call and many responded. Souls were saved and many received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.
Nadine Blair and Arnold Kelly, MCs for the night, did a great job at moving the evening along.