‘More gospel’, less lewd lyrics
Several artistes from around the world came together to sing out against the violence and deviant behaviours promoted in popular music at the Caribbean EKCO Festival’s Bold Face Mega Concert.
The event was held Sunday at Daiquiri Beach, Bay Street, and scores of people who came to worship and have good clean fun were in attendance.
Co-founder of EKCO Nation and one of the organisers of the free event, Arnal Goslin, said it was put on to try to change the negative messages that reach young people.
Based on research, he said if a person spent 14 hours a week listening to lewd music, they would more than likely find themselves in trouble with the police.
“Music shapes the identity and minds of young people. So if they are constantly bombarded and exposed to music that promotes violence, drug abuse, alcoholism and these types of deviant behaviours, more than likely they will be susceptible to follow that lifestyle,” he said.
There were performances by artistes from Jamaica, Excellency from Dominica, Nathanael, Neesha Woodz, Sirrah and C Davis from Barbados, CCA Choir from Trinidad, as well as Allofans, Taneta Winters and John Bidden from the United States who exalted God as they entertained the crowd.
In reflection of the event which is in its first year, he suggested there was room for improvement.
“I think there could have been a better response, but it is something we are now building on, and we believe that Barbados will eventually catch on and realise we need to invest in our young people,” Goslin added.
Though the event was free, proceeds from donations given are going to the Nature Fun Ranch and Purpose 180 Foundation, organisations that work with at-risk youth.
The festival continues today and ends tomorrow.
Ashley Brown, Geneva Ayre and Andreiko Robinson of Jamaican group Urim 7. Allafons from the USA brought soul to the event.
The crowd of worshippers who were present on the beach on Sunday.