Freedom concert exceeds expectations

POSTED: 11/6/12 12:20 PM

St. Maarten – The Belair Community Centre was filled to capacity on Saturday night when people turned out to witness five local gospel recording artistes perform on the same stage for the first time.

At the end of the almost four-hour long show, the Sounds of Freedom, Faith and Worship concert was hailed a success by its organizers.

The event was the brainchild of Zamar Musical Productions who has been signing many local talents to its label since the year began.

At the event patrons were encouraged to participate and not be mere spectators of power packed performances that could have easily rivaled any international show at the St. Maarten Festival Village.

It was all caught on tape by Tempo Networks who plans to air segments of the event on its popular Rise and Shine program.

This, the artistes believe, will provide much needed exposure and reach a wider audience since Tempo spans the Caribbean and the tri-state area in the United States.

Organizer Adrian Scott was lauded throughout the night for bringing the likes of Apostle Alicia Liverpool, Prophet Desmond Forde, Dion Gumbs, Piper Laundry, Javier Honore and Gissel James together. Scott was also recognized for composing most of the tracks which resulted in a smooth, unique and quality sound fills the halls of the Belair Community Centre.

But it was the artistes themselves who wowed the audience.

Each of the artistes belted out their signature songs with classy performances, powerful vocals and originality.

Liverpool brought sections of the crowd to their knees and in tears when she performed Great Things, while Forde got them moving to the beat of Get Something and Wave for Jesus. His high energy performance gained the approval of many, but Forde insisted that it was more than a performance for him, “it was ministry.”

James, on the other hand, appeared to be the favorite of a Dominican delegation that was present. Many of them could be heard remarking that on the 34th independence celebrations, they were proud to see James, of Dominican ancestry, sing hits such as Freedom and Rainbow.

Gumbs, found the time to do the merengue, while performing his original pieces, Have Faith and He Loves You. At one point, Gumbs invited local songstress, Betty Betty V Nisbeth on stage with him as a guest performer. The two then demonstrated vocal prowess as they rode the highs and lows of the track together.

When Javier Honore took to the stage to perform Behold and No One Knows for Sure, it resonated with the audience. Both tunes have been getting popular airplay at Radio Maranatha 100.3 FM.

Piper Laundry of Trials Come to Make You Strong and Too Much Violence in the Land fame started things off and set a good pace for the others to follow.

Eugene Torch Hanson, Miranda Patterson and Jeremy Brown provided additional artistic expressions in rapping, dancing and miming at the concert.

Liverpool regretted closing off the event close to 12:00 am, as she was prodded to continue ministering in song by the audience. Scott however indicated that the event could become an annual one, with the right support.

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