HUNDREDS of Jamaicans converged on Heroes Circle to give praise to the Creator at Fun In the Son.
When TEENage Observer arrived at the venue, the energy was unparalleled as the crowd screamed the lyrics of Goddy Goddy's Chaka Chi. His commandments of "jump" and "shout hallelujah" were happily obeyed, and hopefully his encouragement to Try Jesus.
The energy surged upwards from then, and the crowd went wild when DJ Nicholas came on stage with Cut If Off. Performing crowd pleasers like Back To The Owner, Holy Ghost Gym and Things Already Better, he had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hands.
Claiming that there is nothing impossible for God, he gave a testimony of a particular trial in his life that illustrated this and brought tears to the eyes of many in Heroes Circle. Then he shared the stage with Jermaine Edwards as he delivered his set.
Next was a dance troupe, who performed a piece entitled We Speak To Nations. This was a tribute to Jamaica that was beautifully choreographed and performed. Wearing the colours of the Jamaican Flag, they honoured our past and celebrated our 50 years of Independence.
Artistes that came before and after this performance also took the time to honour Jamaica's Independence.
Carlene Davis took the stage afterwards and did soul-searching songs like Threshing Floor, Jubilee with Papa San, and This Island Needs Jesus. Although her performance the longest of the night, she was effective in getting the audience in a mood of worship and setting the stage for the message by Evangelist Andrew Palau.
His message was centred on the question, 'What will happen to you when you die?' Recounting the story of a close friend's death, he stated that there was joy in his passing because he accepted the Lord.
Palau quoted from Isaiah 53:6 that states, "We all, like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way...", thus, we should make our way to the Lord. He went on to say that unless we "understand it (the gospel), we canna cross it."
After a few more performances, the wait for Kirk Franklin was over. Opening with Give Me, the crowd could not contain its excitement. Screaming for the joy of seeing Kirk Franklin on stage, it was a struggle to hear the words.
Unlike at Jamaica College in 2010, when Kirk Franklin first performed, persons were able to jump and dance without worrying about stepping on someone's toes because of the size of the venue.
Although he failed to do most of his new songs, with Brighter Day, Today, Imagine Me, and Hosanna, the crowd enjoyed his performance thoroughly.
The last performance of the night was Papa San, and as always, he didn't fail to deliver.
With crowd favourites like Hell Bruk Loose, Pop Style, Decree and Tambourine, he managed to squeeze every last drop of energy out of the crowd. At the end of his performance, everyone sagged with tiredness, but was delightfully covered in sweat and dirt.
All aspects of the show considered, this was one of the best Fun In The Sons that TEENage has attended.