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Gospel acts celebrate Ja's golden jubilee

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Carlene Davis
Papa San

The Gospel music fraternity has not been detached from the Jamaica 50 celebrations. In fact, gospel ministers Carlene Davis and Papa San have come together and released the aptly titled single,Jubilee.

The single, which was produced byTommy Cowan of Glory Music,beginswith the sound of the shofar (ram's horn) signalling the start of jubilee andthen goes on to speak of God's promises in the true season of jubilee.

"Jamaica, now celebrating 50 years as an independent nation, has been blessed in spite of what people may think or preach. And as the song rightfully says,'We've been on a journey God's brought us far/For a while were victims, yet we won the war/We've grown by His grace from burdens set free/Come celebrate, it's jubilee'. This should be our focus as a nation - being jubilant and celebrating our milestones irrespective of the trials," said Cowan.

The lyrics of the song are courtesy of a combined effort from Davis, Rondel Positive, Papa San and Tommy Cowan. Davis, who is known for her extensive musical catalogue, with songs including Ambassador For Christ, This Island Needs Jesus and Threshing Floor, says, "We contemplated this song for months and when we finally got the rhythm track right with Dave Green and Dwon Reid, coupled with the Jamaican feel and the African undertones and the fundamentals of the scriptures and the heritage of the Jamaican people, we went into the studios and started the production. Other musicians who helped to make it possible are Othniel Lewis on keyboards and Dalton Browne on guitar."

The single can be heard on local airwaves and at this year's Best Dressed Fun In The Son concert which will be staged on July 14 at the National Heroes Park, St Andrew.