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2012 Gospel Concert bigger and better
By Amanda Nieves
THE Gospel Concert being held next week as part of the National Cultural Foundation’s Crop Over calendar of events promises to be bigger and better than last year’s event.
At the media launch of the 2012 Gospel Concert “To God Be the Glory”, at the NCF earlier this week, Chairman Monique Taitt maintained that the inclusion of a Gospel Concert in the Crop Over Calendar is in keeping with the tradition of Barbados as a strong Christian nation.
According to NCF officials, last year’s Gospel Concert was a sold out event, where up to two hundred people had to be turned away at the door. As a result, the coordinators have changed the location to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, in order to cater to the much larger crowd that is expected to attend.
Getting onboard with the NCF for the Crop Over Festival again this year is telecommunications company LIME. According to Vice President, Corporate Sales and Support, Samuel Skinner, the company has increased its funding this year and sees its sponsorship of these events as part of its social responsibility to Barbados. Though Skinner would not give an exact figure, he said that the funding from LIME is a “substantial amount”.
The other sponsors of the Gospel Concert include Co-operators General Insurance, Downes and Wilson Funeral Home and Christ is the Answer (90.1) Radio.
As for the line up of entertainers for “To God Be the Glory”, Producer, Sheldon Hope, boasted that the audience will be in for an even better show than the previous one, with an all star line up. Among the entertainers is Reverend Tony Lowe; Praise Academy of Dance; Mya Daniel and Samara Ministries; Alexandra Beacons Select; Everdene Smart; Andre Belle; Christine Carter; Ricky Broomes; Healing Hands; Clarion Singers; Raphael Saul; Keturah Reeves; Ricky Niles; New Dimensions Dancers; and Restoration Ministries.
The Crop Over Gospel Concert will come off on Thursday July 5th at 8p.m.