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Bahamas Gospel Party to hit Coconut Grove
By Cordelia Campbell
Jun 2, 2010 - 8:54:21 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas — There is going to be a big Bahamas praise party in Coconut Grove on Labour Day – and it’s not the Coconut Grove where St. Cecelia’s Catholic School, Palm Tree Supermarket and Kye’s are located.

No, not that one – not yet. Marlin and Cacique Award winner Vanessa Clarke along with Shauna Joseph, who was a nominee of both awards several years ago, are taking this Bahamas Gospel Party to Coconut Grove, Florida for the big Bahamas Goombay Festival celebration on June 4th. It is where they will launch their new CD “Bahamas Gospel Party” and start a real praise party in the USA. It is there where Bahamian Americans will get a taste of Junkanoo, a taste of Rake and Scrape but more importantly, they will be reminded of what a real Bahamian praise experience is all about!

Executive producer and songwriter, Rev. Clinton Minnis, who is also the President of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship youth Department, is on a mission to promote the gospel of Christ but he feels that The Bahamas has so much to offer through its cultural expressions in music. The project is produced by Bahamian cultural Giant-Colyn Mcdonald. “The gospel world needs a party and it will start with the release of the Bahamas Gospel Party,” he said. “This is an attempt to take indigenous Bahamian music with a contemporary flavor to celebrate the King of Kings, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This project has been the brainchild of Rev. Minnis and his group, the Annoo Association for many years and they are excited that their vision has finally come to the light. “The project has been on the back burner for several years for the perfect voices and timing. Vanessa and Shauna are a wonderful mix of fun and seriousness about their faith and culture. I am so happy that we just can’t stop the party!! We want to invite our family, friends, colleagues, supporters and the church at large to experience the party of a lifetime,” he said.

“Get ready for a summer, fall, winter and spring you will never forget. “The songs Hold Ya Head & Stomp Ya Feet & Anoo To Do will add life to the spirits of all believers and help us to be free to worship God without inhibitions.”

The newly formed group, Eboni which features five beautiful young ladies from the Ebenezer Baptist Church will also be featured at the Goombay Festival. The members of Eboni are: Kenya Ferguson, Natasha Lewis, Natasha Johnson, Sharine Symonette and Gina Ferguson. The group will be releasing their CD single, No Other Name!

While in Miami, Vanessa and Shauna along with Eboni, will also perform at the Caribbean Cultural and Heritage Festival in Miami Gardens on June 5th and minister to several Florida churches on June 6th. The duo also has plans to release the Bahamas Gospel Party cd in Nassau on July 2nd.

Rev. Minnis concluded, “Please pray for God’s favor upon us and for open doors to take Gospel Music to the world.”

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