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Tobago Glow Fest aims to shine a positive light on T&T
This year’s installment of Glow Fest—hosted by Glow Entertainment—is expected to be bigger and better than ever with performances by international Gospel artistes and some of T&T’s very own talent carded to hit the stage at the newly-built Shaw Park Complex, Scarborough, Tobago, next month.
Glow Fest is now in its sixth year and is one of T&T’s most anticipated gospel concerts. This year’s tagline—#icanglow—is linked to Bible verse Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Organiser of the event Kern Cowan says Glow, which stands for God’s Lyrical Offering of His Word, aims to help provide a much needed avenue for the nation’s youth to showcase their talents and encourage citizens to lead more positive and fulfilling lives.
Headlining the concert on September 26 is American recording artiste, singer, song-writer and producer Mali Music, who has a string of hits under his belt, including I Believe, Beautiful and Ready Aim. Also billed to perform is US Gospel R&B, Soul singer Jessica Reedy, who shot to fame in 2009 when she landed the first runner-up spot on BET's gospel singing competition, Sunday Best.
Patrons can also look forward to a full-length performance from Tobago’s very own gospel singer Positive who will also officially launch his third album that evening, titled Stand and Be Counted. Up and coming gospel artistes Keylon Whitlock and Blessed Messenger, both from the sister isle, will also grace the stage.
“This Glow Fest movement was started in 2011 with the Victory Outreach Church Youth Group and was born out of the need to reach out to young people,” Cowan explains. “Most youths love music and concerts and we found there were so many talented young people but limited opportunities existed for them to really express themselves. We decided to do something about it and give youths the chance to showcase their talents in a positive way.
“In T&T, we are very much focused on oil, gas and tourism but what’s going on with our human resource? So many so-called bandits have so much talent in them; all they need is a chance. Our aim is to show young people that there is a different way. They can channel their energies into something constructive and live a life pleasing to God. We want them to know there is an alternative to the war mentality.”
Cowan points out that the concert is not only targeted towards Christians, though. It’s open to anyone who wants to attend and experience “a different kind” of enjoyment. “We are also targeting the average man on the street. We want to spread the message of God to anyone who is willing to listen,” he added.
Trinidad’s edition of Glow Fest was held in July at 02 Park Chaguaramas and attracted more than 4,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. Cowan says he expects a similar turnout in Tobago.
“It was really a tremendous success. People had a great time in the presence of God,” he said. “We are excited for the concert in Tobago. We are working on making Glow Fest 2015 a first-class event. We want to offer something different, something of substance where people can walk away happy, satisfied and spiritually filled.”
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