Praise and worship permeated the atmosphere on Friday evening for SOS’s Qanah - Celebrating the exchange. The event took place on the 30th September 2011 at Faith Centre, Prince of Whales street, San Fernando.
After a few months of planning the band pooled their resources and networked to put together a highly energized, spirit filled celebration. The band’s music coordinator Dwayne Thomas highlighted prayer as a key element in the group’s preparation for the event. The entire group came together a week before the event for an all night pray meeting with each other.
One of the group’s main objective for the event was to give back. Part proceeds of the ticket sales were donated to “Is There Not A Cause” (ITNAC) who is currently doing work in the Diego Martin community in Trinidad.
As the event got on its way supporters came out in their numbers including several ministers in the gospel music industry and family members of the group SOS.
The passionate and energised praise and worship band, Gates Praise of the First Church of the Open Bible San Fernando was the 1st to grace the stage. Then the extremely talented RnB singer Nisa Nora followed with beautiful love songs to God.
Koen Duncan followed on stage and ministered to the crowd about following the leading of God no matter what is going on around, after which he proceeded to sing two of his popular songs, which had the audience on their feet jumping, dancing and singing to God.
A magnificent light show that had the crowd mesmerized and in anticipation of the arrival of SOS on stage. Powerful spoken word was featured at the beginning of the set by “Thaddy Boom” a young man from Never Dirty Morvant who was elated and humbled to do ministry with the group.
As SOS entered the stage cheers, shouts and applause were heard throughout the audience. The 17 members of the group that took to the stage wasted no time in letting the praise and worship go up to the King. The group ushered in a next level of worship while pouring out their hearts before the Lord. As songs ended and new ones began the atmosphere was pumped with a sweet smelling savor unto God.
Each song was different in both musical and lyrical content but the portrayal of passion for God was the same throughout. Each vocalist that took the lead utilized the stage and engaged the audience during the song they were ministering.
This enhanced the feeling of closeness to the band as they celebrated with the audience. SOS did a total of nine songs including their hit songs “Transformed” and “Hallelujah”. They were joined by the choir CNC Ensemble during the song “Every Nation” which was lead by the band’s Administrative Coordinator and vocalist Gary Mc Sween while Thomas conducted the Choir. The celebration culminated in an upbeat praise and worship song that had the crowd on their feet dancing and praising God.
The group had several challenges to face as the event drew closer including some of the vocalist losing their voices owing to the flu just mere days before the event. However, this did not stop SOS from giving their all to God at Qanah, as they saw it as an opportunity to trust God to get their voices back.
Neither they nor the attendees of the event were disappointed as everyone ministered excellently. The people in attendance were given the opportunity to purchase CD’s from Both SOS and Gates Praise, SOS T Shirts and Accessories from Les Cinq Femme.
At the end of Qanah both Thomas and Mc Sween spoke with Gospel Globe (GG) where Mc Sween indicated that “we are happy so much people came out and support.”
SOS is fulfilling their mandate as a movement to impress upon the minds the people that come into contact with their ministry and by extension they are making their mark in the gospel music industry. Thomas indicated that the next step for SOS is to “seek God for direction” on putting together songs for their album and trips they want to venture on abroad in 2012.
Photo courtesy Charles Parris Studios and SOS Inc Music