Kurt Carr has always been a favourite of mine when it comes to gospel artistes. His style, the inspiration of his song lyrics has always gotten me raising my hands in worship. So when I heard he was coming to perform at this year’s Harvest Praise, I gladly accepted to attend the show to promote the event on Twitter on behalf of CitiFm. 

The Good Friday show which was in its 18th year, started with some local artistes and the Harvest Praise Choir team delivering melodious worship songs to which many people sang along to. 

Rev. Fitzgerald Odonkor. overseer at Harvest International Ministries came on stage to preach on the importance of the cross of Christ and conducted an altar call as well. New members for Harvest Chapel…Go you! 🙂

 Rev. Fitzgerald Odonkor
Rev. Fitzgerald Odonkor

Then the moment came for Kurt Carr to come on and after a prolonged 5 minute wait, he came on stage and what a wonderful performance it was! Kurt Carr didn’t disappoint the crowd as he sang both old and new songs from previous albums ‘One Church’ and ‘Awesome Wonder’ picking out songs such as ‘I Almost Let Go’, ‘Sanctuary’ and ‘Something Happens’. Something Happens is a personal favourite of mine which gets me ‘in the spirit’ all the time! 🙂 The passion in the voices of the team was exceptional and got me wondering why some of our local gospel artistes didn’t put that passion in their music?




 BACKUP SINGER
BACKUP SINGER

The backup singers were resplendent and awe-inspiring with their strong and passionate voices and I was struck by the fantastic fashion sense of the women in the backup team, you should have seen the suede platforms/wedges one lady wore. Big and beautiful!! 

 Kurt Carr 
Kurt Carr 

I totally enjoyed the performance as did the entire audience although Kurt had to encourage people to stand up and worship! What is it about Ghanaians and sitting down during an artistes performance until urged to do so? I don’t quite get that. 


 

My take on the organisation of the program, i was a bit disappointed with whoever at Harvest Chapel decided to allow only VIP ticket holders to park in the Accra Conference Centre premises whilst the others park outside by the roadside. AT A GOSPEL SHOW???? This is unheard of! Even God isn’t a partial God so where is this attitude from? Why do people like post like that in this country? Put someone in charge of a gate, then they act like its heaven’s gate. I finally parked just outside the building and got in hoping I wasn’t late. I wasn’t at all. They were rather late. Ghanaian Meridian Time (GMT) was activated. 

 

I was led in by one of the organisers from Harvest Praise to wait for the appropriate tag for my work there. Within five minutes of sitting down, two security men came up and asked me to get out of the auditorium! ‘Which one too is this?’ According to the security men, they had been tasked to throw out anyone without a tag! My explanation of being brought in by the same organiser fell on deaf macho ears. One security guy actually made a move towards me and startled I asked him, ‘Ei! Why are you going to lift me up out of this place?’ My query stopped him in his tracks. I tweeted my displeasure at this treatment and went out. 

 

If Harvest Chapel really ordered for only VIP vehicles to park in the conference premises then I as a Christian I am very disappointed at this attitude. Why segregate when we serve a God who isn’t partial and He regards all of us as one? I found this action really uncalled for and hypocritical.  Whats really even sad is, the VIP booked seats were only occupied by about 8 persons which begged the question, ‘Which cars are then parked in the premises?’ The security company there is just a sham and will really cause issues for any event organiser at the Conference Centre. 

Thanks to Kurt Carr for making my evening! You can catch up with my live tweets on Twitter using the hashtag #HarvestPraise. 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Naa,
    I was a participant of the Harvest Praise (HP) 2014 show and will take exceptions at some of the comments you represent in this space. Like the good book says, give unto Caesar what belong to him.
    Fact: I was at the 1.00pm (afternoon) show
    Fact: I left after the program ended.
    Fact: I have attended both gospel and circular programs at the AICC
    Fact: The afternoon program started on time as advertised.
    With regards, to the VIP parking I’d like to say a few words. Even in God’s house there is order. I arrived at the AICC at 12:30pm. I was informed like you that only VIP’s were allowed to park within the premise and that a parking space had been allocated at the parliament house opposite the venue. It stands to reason that we all could not be accommodated within the AICC premise and that alternatives were made (a plus for HP organizers). What organisers failed to do was to communicate to the security to either place directional signs indicating alternative parking lots for the participants or use some other communication mechanism instead of waiting for participants to negotiate the bend to AICC before being informed.
    With regards to tags, I cant say much because I simply don’t know. What I know as a professional is with most of these programs, tags are sent to the covering organisations before the event and professionals covering these program get to the program with their tags early enough to ensure all is well. Question is, was this done and did you do your part? like I said I don’t know.
    Finally I like to end by saying that our God is a Jealous God who is very orderly and thorough. I believe as followers we are admonished to do same. Programs, irrespective of who is organising should be on time and maintain security and decorum appreciable by the participants. I believe this time HP did their best although there is always room for improvement. Overall it was a great show!!
    I rest my case.
    NiiBenjie 🙂

  2. Thanks for your feedback too Nii. you were lucky to have been directed as to where to park. I wasnt. Rightly like you said, tags are supposed to be sent ahead to press etc and I had gone on behalf of a radio station but then i was still told to wait for one so what could i do? Until we learn from these kinds of delays to organisation of events in this country, nothing will really change. Thanks for reading 🙂

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