Since its inception about 11 years ago, Gospel artiste, Bernard Amankwah’s Celebration of His Grace concert hasn’t just given worship lovers the opportunity to celebrate the goodness and mercies of God, it has also become a good stage to discover new acts and choral groups.
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And that was what happened at this year’s event which came off at the National Theatre on Sunday, September 23 when when up and coming artistes such as Edwin Dadson and Selasie Osborn stole the show as they led patrons in spirit filled sessions.
The show kicked off with a play by the Divine Mercy Drama Ministry titled, Thief man steals thief man. The humorous play which explored the menace of false prophets, adultery and seeking spiritual powers to enrich one’s self was just what the audience needed to liven their moods after waiting for more than an hour for the programme to start.
Bernard Amankwah with Rev. Mike Abossey
Then the Multimedia Choir kicked off the musical set and their performance was nothing short of excellent.
With Samuel Nii Dowuona of Alabaster Box as their choir conductor, the Choir charged the auditorium with a rendition of South Africa’s Solly Mahlangu’s Wa Hamba Nathi song.
The Choir didn’t just show off their vocal skills but their professional attitude on stage was admired by patrons and it was not surprising that the host, Rev. Mike Abossey heaped lots of praises on them.
Young artiste, Selasie Osborn was next on stage. The young man may still be finding his foot but he proved his mettle as a great talent. His confidence on stage was admirable and just what he needed to get the audience to flow with him.
With a voice that can never go unnoticed, Selasie performed renditions of some local songs and Mercy Chinwe’s Excess Love. He spiced his performances with bible quotations and words of exaltation.
Then there was Pastor Edwin Dadson, who even though may not be popular on the Gospel music scene won new fans with his ministration on the night. He heated the auditorium with some worship songs like Aseda and knew how to get patrons in the “spiritual mood”.
Perhaps his calm demeanour, exceptional vocals and his ability to connect with patrons did the magic for him and same could be said of Nii Dowuona and Edith Marfo.
At about 8:30pm, the headline artiste for the Celebration of His Grace, Bernard Amankwah, took to the stage and got going with a Reggae session.
Backed by the Presence Ministry Band, Bernard performed reggae tunes from his repertoire including Stolen Waters, Thank You Lord, Mercy Rescue Me and Lord You Are Good.
Bernard’s energy on stage wasn’t up there like previous concerts but his time on stage was still appreciated by the audience who sang along to some of his well-known songs like Mercy Rescue Me and Your Presence.
The Celebration of His Grace concert has carved a niche for itself by always starting on time but that didn't happen this year as the show, billed to start at 4pm, delayed for almost two hours.
That notwithstanding, this year’s Celebration of His Grace concert was a well organised event and had better patronage than previous years.