by Kamilah Cadogan
Thousands of worshippers headed to Farley Hill yesterday for a truly awesome day of worship.
The Courts One Awesome Day event brought the curtain down on a very successful Barbados Gospelfest season, according to organiser Adrian Agard. He noted that the attendance to One Awesome Day this year seemed to be bigger than last year which was due to a number of reasons.
This year’s line up was very exciting plus the festival also had some momentum leading up to the start. Agard said he felt as though people were a lot more responsive to the message they had to deliver this year and this was responsible for the overwhelming response.
Barbadian group A Few Good Men started the afternoon with two of their popular songs, Never Fall and U Gotta Love You (U.G.L.Y.). They were followed by young crooner John Yarde who performed the dynamic song Revival Is Possible, Ancient of Days and a new soca number, Just Wanna, which got the crowd moving.
The popular group Praise Academy of Dance performed to the song Jesus My Savior I Love You by Jamaican artiste Papa San and they were well received. Next up was UK singer Boma Diri who sang Never Let Go. Diri was the winner of a UK gospel competition Time2Shine last year and released her album Keep the Faith this year.
Impactful group Insignia, also from the UK, performed a set of original songs led by dynamic singer Amadeus, with help from Efe Efeturi, Rachel Kerr and Christina Matova. The band has been singing together for 10 years and their harmonious and melodious voices echoed throughout the Hill, causing patrons to be transfixed with the stage.
Lodge Road Wesleyan native Neesha Woodz followed with her uptempo set featuring Adrenaline, Nagga Bow and Love My Jesus. Her soca and dancehall songs took the already hyped up crowd to another level of praise.
Trumpeter Dave Browne was next performing All Around and How Great Is Our God. The multi-talented musician not only thrilled the audience with his skill on the trumpet but also with his smooth voice.
Explosive, internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste Kay Morris followed with a set of popular choruses which brought the crowd to their feet and made them drift closer to the stage to be more involved in the worship. Much to the delight of the crowd she was joined on stage by Bridget Blucher, who was equally explosive.
No stranger to the Gospelfest stage, American singer Canton Jones ministered to everyone on the hill with his spirited set, which included popular tracks such as Stay Saved, Number One Fan and the Awesome remix. His powerful style of delivery brought was magnetic and ignited everyone on the Hill. Much to the pleasure of the younger ones in attendance, he ended his set with the popular craze the Harlem Shake.
Musical storyteller Mali Music from the US took the stage next to deliver his unique form of ministry. Not only did he sing but he captivated audience with his words of wisdom from God. His song The Job Experience was especially outstanding as it had everyone hanging on every word. His popular song Yahweh made everyone lift their hands and declare that all glory does indeed belong to God.
Jamaican artiste Junior Tucker, blessed everyone not only with his music, but with his touching testimony. The reggae singer revealed that his mother passed away a couple years ago and he delivered the sermon at her funeral. That night, he kissed his daughter, who suffered from a medical challenge, and told her good night. In the wee hours of the morning, he heard his wife scream and it turned out that his daughter has passed away.
Tucker told everyone that if he could get through that and still hold on to Jesus and trust in Him then anyone could.
Ghanian minister Atta Boafo, also known as the “Worship Warrior” closed the event on a high with his passionate performances with an African flair. Backed by a team of the best voices in the Barbadian gospel circuit, Boafo had everyone jumping to his popular tunes Bayete and Double Double, among others.
It was evident that everyone that left the Hill was truly blessed by all the performances. Agard said he was thankful to God for the great team of people who helped him throughout the 21 years of Gospelfest and revealed he was already looking forward to what next year would bring. [email protected]
(Photos by Michael Trotman)