Alabanza Flex Their Muscles at the Big Apple in a Double Concert
It was a very suspenseful weekend, an unpromising success, as GME Production and Group Alabanza put their faith to the test in New York this January 31st and February 1st. Snow was falling steadily this late January, early February winter season. In addition, it was Superbowl Sunday! Not to be outdone by these major obstacles, the duo defied the odds and pulled off a double concert in the Melting Pot, the city that never sleeps.
The previous weekend brought the first blizzard of the season as meteorologists announced the city would receive between 20 to 30 inches of snow, with wind gust of 65 miles per hour. With these conditions announced, only God could make those concert dates a success. True to His faithfulness, God showed his presence and worked his wonders like he always has; it was literally miraculous the way it all ended. The city received only a fraction of the blizzard predictions. Snow was again announced by the scientific weather systems used in today’s meteorology, but one must never forget to always use the words: “Si Bondye vle”, when speaking of the future. For the sake of God’s glory, in other words because of who He is, the snow would not fall until after the events.
Band members came from different parts of the world for the great celebration. Most of the musicians landed since Friday in order to have fellowship and rehearse. Carly Joseph along with his wife Rose-Mai and daughter Stacey, were among the first to arrive. Their long time Bass player, Yves Virgil and sensational sax player, Marcellus Prospere were among the ones who flew directly from Haiti. Other members who currently live in New York and close by on hand to perform. Surprisingly, it was 2014 HGMA awards artist of the year and album of the year winner, Roosevelt Jean-Noel who flawlessly played the drums. He was, after all, a member of the band back in Haiti.
This event was special in many ways. So big that many dubbed it “The Gospel Superbowl”! The most surprising part was the presence of many of the past Alabanza members who seemed to appear out of no-where to perform their hits. Among them were Rebecca Daudin Dimanche who originally sang “Nan Prezans Ou,” Joelle Jean who is the “biological mother” of Haitian gospel mega hit song “Emmanuel.” As well as Sherly Francois, who recorded many songs with the group including “Pe Jere”. To top it off, Moise Dimanche one of the best christian radio personalities and still one of the best event MC’s, hosted the show in Long Island along side another colleague while Lener L. Pyrrhus hosted the first show in Brooklyn. The events were together a success and the name of the Lord was truly glorified.
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