The island’s fathers will be well celebrated during the next two weekends with at least two major concerts in their honour. One, produced by The Silvertones Of Barbados, in association with the Western Light Church Of The Nazarene, comes off on Saturday, June 18, at the church in Oxnards, St James.
Dubbed Community Praise –– In Honour Of Our Fathers, the concert will feature Cherece Richards, Janelle Reeves, Allison Norville and Kim Griffith, Emmanuel Joseph, the award-winning Belcanto Quartet, Ricky Niles, Pastor John Yarde Jr, The Ruby Nazarene Trio, Kirk Layne, The Western Light Choir & Youth Chorale, Element Of Judah, hosts The Silvertones Of Barbados and others. Proceeds from this event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will go towards assisting The Silvertones on their North American performing tour later this month and
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The other big concert, which for the very first time will be produced by the Apostolic Church Of The West Indies and Platinum Projects, comes off on Saturday, June 26, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre from 6 p.m. This year, the Honour Thy Father special theme I Will Be What You Called Me To Be will be done in concert by internationally acclaimed gospel singer and songwriter Jonathan Nelson, who will be coming to Barbados for the first time.
“We have always felt that fathers and men, by extension, in Barbados have been given the short end of the stick, and have not got the credit and recognition they deserve,” said executive producer Allison Roach-Plummer. “[Fathers have] a special role to play in the lives of their children and in the home.
“We have a Father in Heaven who loves us, and every day we honour Him with our praises; and we want our country to experience the love of the prodigal father who is extravagant in nature and will give unto his children their hearts’ desires,” she added.
Honour Thy Father also features Pastor John Yarde, Brian Lashley, Praise United and dynamic speaker prophet Kevin Marshall of the Apostolic Church Of The West Indies.
The message to all fathers is simply this: “Be what your heavenly Father has called you to be, and represent that fatherly figure to your children and those who look upon you as father. Be part of this life-changing, God-mentoring shift which is taking over the atmosphere,” said Roach-Plummer.
Patrons are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to donate to the National HIV/AIDS Commission on the evening.
And, even though it may not be specifically dedicated to fathers, Vessels Of Honour Dance Ministry will be staging its second production on the Father’s Day weekend. The dance ministry, which is based at the Church Of The Nazarene, Collymore Rock, St Michael, has titled its production From Brokenness To Victory, and that will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the church. Guest performers wll be Messiah’s House, Andre Belle, CLTC and Tara Martelly-Dear.
The event is free of charge, but patrons are requested to bring an offering for this 6:30 p.m production.
And if the Father’s Day weekend is not busy enough, the only calypso tent of Christians in the Caribbean, and even the world, will be launched on Saturday, June 18, at The Ball Park, Christ Church, sounding off at 7 p.m. The Experience Tent line-up includes Sean Carter (Apache), Alistair Griffith (Ambassador), Paul Murrell (Billboard), Ron Clarke (De Black Eagle), Alvin Trotman (De Salt), Delicia Boyce (Delicia B), Samantha Williams (Sammijane), David Brome (King David), Andrew Herbert (Mr Drew), Norman Knight (Njeri) and Michael Herbert (Vision). The majority of these will be facing the Pic-O-De-Crop judges.
Just a taste of some of the calypso songs coming out of The Experience this year: The Life Song by Ambassdor, Forgetful Jones by Apache, Lick Dem by Billboard, Aposta-Sea by De Salt, Ah Feeling It by Sammijane and Barbados En Green Na Moe by Vision.
The Experience will also pitch tent on Thursdy, June 23, and Saturday, June 25, while Wednesday, June 29, will be Pic-O-De-Crop judging. The judging night show starts at 7:30 p.m. A date for the final night is still to be determined. All the tent events take place at The Ball Park.
The producers say that, based on feedback, 2015 was the best year ever for the Experience Tent. Many who attended other tents fed back that they found The Experience to have been the “best”, and a number of these came to The Experience for the first time in its 12 years of being in Crop Over.
There is nothing “lewd or crude” in any of the lyrics of any calypsonian, or from the mouth of the MC.
“We had our best ever attendance in 2015,” said Errol Griffith, the man behind The Experience.
He anticipates 2016 will be even better than 2015.
The Experience does not charge an entrance fee. Its financing is totally dependent on support from partners and voluntary contributions from attendees to the tent.