Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Few truths, some myths about Kanye West in Jamaica

West in performance.

West in performance.

American rapper and super-producer Kanye West led his popular Sunday Service worship session at the Emancipation Park in the city's capital on Friday.

Mere days before the release of his 10th studio album Jesus Is King, the All Falls Down hitmaker and a 120-member choir, The Samples, entertained hundreds of Jamaican for over one hour and 45 minutes.

The show started at 7 pm, was free to the public (who pays for Sunday Service, anyway?) and was like nothing most patrons had ever seen.

West and The Samples performed music from an updated tracklist featuring remixed covers of popular dancehall songs.

The Samples started with versions of Mr Vegas' I Am Blessed and Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley's Welcome To Jamrock. They then segued into several gospel hits interspersed with hits by the rapper like Ultralight Beam and Jesus Walks — it was clear they knew their audience.

No, Sunday Service did not put a damper on Heroes' Weekend, and yes the Emancipation Park is still intact. One thing's for certain - West is hell-bent on revolutionising worship and Loop Lifestyle witnessed it first-hand.

For all we know, this was a great kickstarter for the Heroes' Weekend festivities and major for The Rock!

Truths

  • Brother Ye performed a number of covers remixed with Christian lyrics.
  • Patrons witnessed a blessing; some even felt the Holy Spirit.
  • The JDF had to stop rowdy fans from hopping on stage to attain free Jesus Is King merch.
  • Ye dropped US$1 million for the performance.
  • Sunday Service was total praise and worship.
  • The Sunday Service website had merch emblazoned with popular Jamaican emblems for sale. They were later removed due to Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange's intervention.
  • There was a Jamaican in choir and her name is Ameera Perkins, an Ohio-based singer/songwriter who joined the Sunday Service choir in May.

Myths

  • Contrary to popular expectations, there was no devil worshipping.
  • Kim and the kids did not make it nor was she “dutty whining 'round all [the] Jamaicans”.
  • The Emancipation Park was not destroyed.
  • Sunday Service was a Kanye show. The concert was not overshadowed by West's celebrity and was more or less about the choir, The Samples.

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