So come Sunday, head to the Wildey Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex for what is being billed as the biggest event in gospel music ministry in years.
As one of the key participants in the event, and having attended the dress rehearsal last Monday night, I can assure you that if you miss Breakthru 2015, be prepared to put on your hardest shoes and kick yourself silly.
The mix of musical flavours is expected to be explosive, and you will probably feel the producers shortchanged themselves by charging just $40.
From a ministry impact perspective, you are sure to be uplifted, wowed, serenaded, swept off your feet, stirred, inspired, blessed, transformed, convicted . . . and the list goes on. Without letting anything out of the bag, you should be ready to be blown away by the out-of-this-world vocals of females from right here in Barbados. I kid you not. If you have not already heard these young ladies – who shall remain nameless for now – you will be amazed, flabbergasted, left with your mouths open, or rendered speechless.
So come, see and hear if I’m talking about Paula Hinds, Sherry-Ann Maughan, Keann Walters, Lakenya Prescod,Trenencia Esseboom or Ria Armstrong – or all of the above for that matter.
You will also have to be there to witness if the pleasant surprises in store will come from Pastor John Yarde, Samantha Leacock and the First Baptist Chorale, Brian Lashley, Ricky Niles & The Bel Canto Quartet, Pastor Henderson Quimby, Sheldon Miller or me!
Of course, patrons will be treated to a special musical tribute to the late godfather of gospel music Joseph Niles, presented by Quimby, Miller and yours truly.
But hold on a minute. I have not said anything about Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers who are coming in from their US base to “mash up” the Gymnasium. Yes, the international group will definitely be ministering at the Gymnasium on Sunday. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. and the doors will be wide open from 5:30 p.m.
That’s not all patrons will be getting. The occasion will also be used to honour and recognize female pastors and women in ministry in Barbados. Global singing evangelist Bridget Blucher will be the host for the event which is under the patronage of the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.
And keeping in the Independence vein, check out the major Independence musical and dramatic presentation being staged by the Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. You may get to “endorse” a bowl of cou-cou or see a man being chased with a cou-cou stick and his pot-belly children “killing themselves with laughter”. That is just the gravy, so come and get the real thing for free. Just bring an offering.