In commemoration of Reggae day, Reggae Industry Association JaRIA’s organised a Reggae Praise concert for lovers of reggae music all over the world.
The show which took place over the weekend at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre had in attendance gospel reggae gospel legends saw energised performances from some of Jamaica’s most popular gospel acts, who used their songs to minister and entertain.
Despite several band changes, the programme, under the stewardship of emcees Nadine Blair and Markland Edwards, flowed smoothly from beginning to end.
Joan Richards was first to the stage, and opened the floodgates of perpetual praise and worship. She was backed by the One Touch Band. Levy’s Heritage was next, and had the audience in a frenzy, as they delivered song after song,among them, their popular One Touch.
Their father, Lubert Levy, followed and declared, “We ah goh rejoice in Jesus,” before fervently delivering Jesus Rescue Me All Over Again and Roll Jordon Roll.
Other world renowned gospel acts took turns to perform such as Ryan Mark and Omari . Ryan Mark, who performed first, included songs such as Right with You, and Already Done, in his musical sermon. He concluded his set with the spoken word. “At the end of the day, I am not an entertainer, but a minister. Let’s put Godfirst … let’s live for Jesus,” he said.
Omari, in his set, delivered songs like Send Away, Jehovah Guide Me and Sweet Gospel Reggae. He ended with a tribute to Bob Marley by having the audience join him in singing One Love.
Kevin Downswell’s also got the crowd cheering singing I Got Jesus and Goodbye World. He also performed his hit, Stronger.
Show-stoppers, however, were Rondell Positive and Jermaine Edwards. Positive gave a dazzling performance. He entered the stage singing Protect Me from
Myself, and followed up with I’m a Vessel.
He also had a strong message for Christian men, as he asked, “How can you treat your wife bad and expect to live good?”