Sonfest lives up to its billing
The Holy Spirit was alive and well at the Party Stand on Easter Monday during the staging of Sonfest: A Holy Thriller.
After a seven-year hiatus, the gospel show, which is hosted by the Kingdom Culture International Church, returned with a bang.
Hundreds packed in the venue for what was five hours of enjoyable worship and praise.
Organizers said the aim was to get more young people involved in the church.
“We realize that as a nation, the country has moved away from Christianity and there is more interest in a skin out party, getting high and drunk because it seems like the church has nothing to offer [when] the church has so much to offer,” Apostle Destiny Cadogan said.
The 2018 installment of the gospel concert featured performances from Jaron Nurse and Blessed Messenger of Trinidad and Tobago; Samuel Medas of Guyana and Prodigal Son from Jamaica.
There were also energetic performances by several local performers, including Gozzy, Jude Hee Haw Clarke, Octavia and Deslayah, with Gozzy being a clear crowd favourite as he belted out Say A Prayer, Redemption Music and Officer.
Hee Haw was also well received with Give Thanks and Last Night.
The Guyana-born, Barbados-based gospel artiste Deslayah debuted songs from his latest album, including Praise The Lord and Controversial Love.
However, one of the most anticipated performers of the night was Trinidadian Jaron Nurse who not only sang, but preached.
“I beg you, just play more positive music,” he said to a roaring cheer from the audience during his performance in which he suggested that young people needed to be exposed to more positive and uplifting music.
He went on to sing Positive Music, Auntie, Uncommon Girl and his new single Wok-On-Da, which were definite crowd pleasers. On the night, Nurse also performed a medley of classic gospel songs, such as Jesus Name So Sweet and I want to tell somebody about Jesus.
Samuel Medas of Guyana also had the crowd in a frenzy, as he performed Royalty and other popular songs during his 45-minute set.
Tobagonian Blessed Messenger ensured that those gathered were anointed with God’s blessings on Easter Monday, as he delivered Tun Up, Doh Tell Me Dat and Let Me Be Your Messenger.
The show also featured performances from the 2018 DanceFest winners, Multifarious. (KK)