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    Kingston Genesis Was on Fire

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    Kingston Genesis was on fire
    TYRONE S REID, Observer staff writer
    Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    The group Perpetual Praise ministered in song.

    Gospel music was arguably at the forefront of the 2007 ‘welcome celebrations’ in Jamaica on New Year’s Day, as right across the island people journeyed in droves to one of three venues – Montego Bay, Mandeville or Kingston – where the annual Genesis Triplefest was being staged – for a spiritual baptism as they entered another year.

    In Kingston, the National Stadium car park was transformed into a sea of young Christians and other gospel music lovers who jumped, waved and stomped as they "chased the devil out of Jamrock" – moving to the live sounds of some of the country’s top gospel acts.

    Despite the threat of rain and some minor technical glitches, the Kingston leg of Genesis was a huge success as the show was punctual, well-organised and lived up to its billing as the premier gospel showcase in the region.

    Up-and-coming acts Garfield Reid, Jhoy (from out of the Bahamas), Craig C and Moses (who brought on gospel deejay Ryan Mark) got things started with some short but impressive sets. The first highlight of the show, however, was the appearance of Jai (ex-member of Katalys Crew rapidly increasing in popularity), whose set got the crowd in a praise and worship mood with the hit You Can’t Take my Lord before he got them in a jumping and waving frenzy with Fall On Me. Gospel music darling Judith Gayle brought her heartfelt, spirit-filled ministry to the stage, delivering her well-known hits You’re Gonna Smile Again and Don’t Tear Me Down.

    But it was 2005 JCDC Gospel Competition winner, Kevin Downswell, who brought the ‘gospel party’ vibes. With a robust voice that aided his delivery, he unleashed his hits Ready 2 Party, Stand and Joy Is Coming, punctuated by encouragement to the young Christians to remain steadfast in their faith.

    Patrons at the Genesis Kingston show. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

    He was followed by the 10-member ensemble Perpetual Praise, led by Love 101’s Nadine Blair. The group, which was originally conceived as a praise and worship team (now a full-fledged gospel act) performed mainly praise and worship numbers for which they have become known on the local gospel music scene. With a strong harmonious blend, they raised the bar with their performance of Oh Lord and I Will Bless The Lord, before moving into the slow and poignant I Worship You and the moving We Give You All The Glory. The sweeping musical interludes during their stint were also very well-received.

    With a heavy dose of dancehall gospel, popular artiste DJ Nicholas elicited screams and shouts from the music-hungry crowd, which increased its noise quotient as he urged them to "get mad fi Jesus". His opening singles Weh Di God Man Dem Deh, God A Mi Warrior, Step Out and Set U Free saw him fully winning over the crowd. He worked the stage with Back 2 Di Owna (with a set of male dancers onstage), What Kinda Church Is This? and No Matter The Circumstance before making way for the "the radical Christian" Prodigal Son aka Bless. His stint was another hand-clapping, rag-waving celebration bolstered by the hits Tell Me If Unoo Ready and I Wish. But what made his set stand out were the different (and interesting) dance moves he shared with the crowd before unleashing another round of hits including Woe, Real Life, the groovy I’m A World Changer and his new song Gospel Fi Preach – before exiting the stage with You Bless Me Too Much.

    Foreign-based deejay and long-time favourite Papa San closed the show as only he can (Stitchie was not billed for the Kingston show). His set, replete with his signature command "Get something and wave them", was what the people needed to take them home into the early morning. His familiar hits Hail Him Up, I Got This Love and Real Real found favour with the grateful crowd. The gospel party atmosphere intensified with Don’t Be Afraid (Step pon di enemy), Smile Again and Jesus My Saviour which benefited tremendously from the contribution of his talented background singers and backing band.

    Source: Jamaica Observer

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    2 Responses to “Kingston Genesis Was on Fire”

    1. Hdklfjsd Says:

    2. Kemesha Says:

      When I was reading this article I feel like was there Ryan Mark, DJ Nickolas etc. I love you just remember fi come back a Ochi

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