‘More gospel’, less lewd lyrics

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

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.

(Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

The crowd of wor­ship­pers who were present on the beach on Sun­day.

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