The Old Police Station in May Pen was abuzz last Saturday evening as songs of praise echoed through the town center. The event dubbed “Gospel Explosion ” was celebrated as the launch of Youth Month in the parish which was staged by the Clarendon Youth Information Centre and the Ministry of Youth and Culture.
Several youth from across the parish attended the grand display of talent which featured young local talent such as Jaidenn Williams and Rebecca Bissoon. Agencies which focus on youth related affairs such as the Child Development Agency and the National Youth Service provided information to the youth about staying connected to agencies and resource bodies which could facilitate their empowerment.
The Gospel Explosion was conceptualized as a means of neutralizing the harsh reports which usually surrounds the parish. This concert was designed to restore hope and reassurance to youth in Clarendon as they were urged to stay connected to spirituality among other positive things.
The lineup of talented performers promised to wow the audience and that they did! Roxy J from last season of Digicel Rising Stars led a vibrant segment of perpetual praise while charging the youth to press on despite negative influences. Jodian Pantry had the crowd singing and dancing to Survivor and other hits. Howard Brown kept the momentum going after a high energy performance from Alrick Francis.
With energies still elevated, the stage was ready for Kevin Downswell who was the highlight of the evening. The performance was very well received by the frenzied audience who danced and sang along to hits like Stronger and If It’s Not Yours.
With many prize giveaways throughout the show the audience was reminded to follow youthjamaica on various social media platforms to keep up with the other activities and events planned for Youth Month. Youth Empowerment Officer, Chevelle Campbell, said she was pleased with the turnout and says she is hopeful that the events planned for November will yield more participation from Clarendon’s Youth.
Local gospel Act Chozen Vessel closed the show with his hit “War Wid Di Devil”after which Youth Activist Dei Rasi Freckleton charged the youth to keep connected to youth empowerment and participation in his vote of thanks.
Gospel Explosion was a quite a treat and if you missed it visit Clarendon Youth Information Centre on Facebook for pictures and video highlights from the show.