Thursday, 17 July 2014

PRAISE PARTY: Fun In the Son 2014 strikes a mesmerizing chord

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Walker working the mainstage at the gospel fest on Saturday.

Hezekiah Walker came, saw and conquered. The legendary gospel heavyweight put in a showstopping appearance at this past weekend’s Fun In The Son festival, a performance so electrifying and powerful, it’s something you simply had to experience for yourself. 

Backed by a robust 14-member-strong choir, Walker breezed through his arsenal of career hits new and old, but I defy anyone in that massive crowd at the Portmore Mall Park to say they didn’t experience something magical during the renditions of “Faithful Is Our God”, “I Am Grateful”, “God Favours Me” and “Searching.” And he couldn’t have ended the 50-minute stint on any higher note than with a singalong version of “Every Praise,” today’s most popular spirit-lifting anthem. 

Hezekiah has charisma and a fabulous sense of humour but he also takes his music and his ministry seriously. His presence at Fun In the Son proved all that and much more. 

Another trailblazer who never fails to spark and enthrall, Papa San brought his trademark blend of vigour and wow factor to the mainstage, closing the show as only he can, while hitting fashionable high notes in sharply tailored and dazzling all-white suit. “Mi only crazy sometimes; mi love Jesus too much,” he quipped, before launching into songs like “One Blood”, “Shake Your Tambourine” and “Jesus My Saviour” apart from the perennial favourites sure to whip any crowd into a rag-waving blitzkrieg. 

Among the concert’s numerous other highlights: Kevin Downswell’s performance, rousing and emotionally hefty as always, and a youthfully stylish Carlene Davis, alongside a sturdy supporting group of vocalists that we are pleased to report includes the effervescent Rovleta Fraser, who tells TALLAWAH she no longer does backup vocals for Junior Gong, with whom she toured the world for several years. Reggae’s loss is gospel’s gain.

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