Gospel Music Fest coming up

A gospel music festival is on the horizon for Antigua. It’s set to be held at Freeman’s Village Playing field and organiser, So Arise Music International, has earmarked July 14 to 17 for this event.

So Arise Music International is a Christian organisation founded by Stanshaw “singer/songwriter” Cornelius and manager of Movement for Jesus Band/Sound Engineer Chester Benjamin. It is run by a voluntary board of directors and was formed earlier this year with a vision to market and promote local talent, specifically in the Gospel Music industry.

The festival, named after the organisation, will be its first event and the plan is for it to become an annual activity, Cornelius said.

“In addition to that, the organisation will host various artists showcases throughout the year to give artists the opportunity to nurture their talents and also gain exposure.”

Already the programme events has been drafted for the So Arise Music Fest and artistes have been confirmed.

Planned for Day 1, July 14, is lots of praise, worship and dance – featuring teams from various churches. Dance groups will also form part of the line-up.

Day 2, July 15, is to feature a live band concert showcasing various gospel groups, bands and solo artists including Denzil Anglin, Esther Byer, Dornell Simon, Christ Family and Jasper Jacobs. Down to speak is Pastor Alex of Prayer Faith & Encouragement Ministries.

On the cards for Day 3, July 16, is Poetry Slam where poets will have the opportunity to minister in spoken word and a GospelypsoCompetition. Participants will be asked to compose an original gospel calypso and perform it on the night of the show.

“We have a few slots open for this competition,” Cornelius noted.  Speakers will be Pastor Oren of Fountain of Love Ministries and Motivational Speaker Bloodman of Variety Radio.

A Song Fest is set for Day 4 and participants will either choose a song from our list of 50 popular worship songs and perform a version or perform an original song that they have written.  Cornelius noted that a few slots remain open for this competition as well.

Wrapping up the fest will be a gospel awards show and an honours programme recognising persons across the island who have made considerable contributions towards the development of the nation as a whole, be it through community work, ministry or otherwise.



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