Gospel spice up Curry Fest
OUTSTANDING performances by western Jamaica-based artistes, highlighted the gospel section of the live entertainment segment of the 14th staging of the Mannings School Bigga Westmoreland Curry Fest, held on the School grounds on Sunday.
All the acts were well-received by patrons, who sang along, screamed and clapped, as performer after performer belted out songs in praise of God.
Pastor Ray Foster, who started out slowly, eventually built up the tempo, for the most part had patrons in a frenzy.
His performance included tracks such as, A Whole Heap a We, Can't Go to Heaven as You Like and Going to Lay Body Down in the Mire Clay.
Another artiste who evoked hysterical response from the crowd was Pastor Joe Stewart, whose revivalist-styled delivery of Lord Prepare Me, Just See Jesus, I Feel Like Travelling On, You Think Say You Hot, earned him the first encore of the evening. He returned and was equally well-received with Thank You Lord For Your Blessing.
Female gospel artiste Lady Claudette Wright represented her gender well with a professional performance. She worked up the audience with Don't You Talk About Love if You Don't Know Love, Sweet Anointing, It's Not Over Now and Rock of Ages Cleft For Me.
Before the gospel segment the patrons were entertained by magician Paul Patmore, the independent councillor for the Lorrimer's Division in South Trelawny.
Before doing a gig in which he 'made money' some of which he threw into the crowd, Patmore stated, "this is what Dr Peter Phillips wants".
More jest was directed at the finance minister during Mackie Conscious' performance, when he did one of his better known songs, Leave the Crumbs Alone, which was inferred by the crowd to be an objection to further taxes.
Omar Clarke who used his teeth to husk coconuts was also a hit with the crowd.