THE EXPERIENCE 2018 CONCERT; Jesus Our Lord (THE REVIEW)
“The Experience 13 can be in one word described as ‘Incredible’; that is to say, an incredible gathering of people on the face of the earth, offering an incredible praises and worship unto an incredible God”.
If you could not attend this year’s Experience, hold your breath, get to deposit your body mass on a sitting apparatus, take a glass of water beside you, let me take you through to The Experience with this piece of reappraisal.
Beating the dragging traffic of Lagos from Stadium in Surulere into Eko bridge, through to the Tarfa Balewa Square (TBS) , on the busy route of Victoria Island, was not going to be a hitch free concern, as the city of Lagos was once again agog to a standstill as it was about to host the 13th edition of her annual global music conference “The Experience” themed with a catchy and powerful descriptive phrase－ “Jesus Our Peace”.
This year’s Experience was beyond an atmosphere of worship and praise; It was more than a gathering of a good number of people praising God, it was in its entirety; a ‘kononia’ of the upper room in an intercourse, an expressive affair intermingled and interchanged with renditions of apostolic music with live instruments, setting a parlance for men and women, children and adults, Christians and Muslims, a people separated for praise and worship in a non catechism manner, but voluntarily coming together in one accord to generate and evolve a strong wavelength of energetic praise and worship measured beyond Joules, rendering hallelujah in different languages and tongues, with notable genres and classism of music unto God almighty.
A moment to be described in one word as ‘Incredible’; that is to say, an incredible gathering of people on the face of the earth in one location, offering an incredible praises and worship unto an incredible God.
Before I get to the part I want to lead you into the spanned moment of worship by different guests gospel music acts, including the headliners The Planet Shakers, Vickie Yohe, Travis Greene, Kirk Franklin, Ada, the regulars; Pastor Dunnie Mcclurkin, Don Moen, Eben, Chioma Jesus, Tope Alabi, Nathaniel Bassey, Tim Godfrey, Onos Gloriah, Timi Dakolo, and several other music artistes, I want to let you guys into my experience at home, before hitting the road for The Experience 13.
A friend of mine, had visited me from Uyo, so I could accommodate him for a short period of time for an internship program he is to attend here in Lagos, and I wanted to get him to join me to TBS for this years Experience, but things were a bit difficult due to the fact that he just arrived from an 8-hours cumbersome road journey on the early hours of Friday, looking forward to rest his head, I served him the vocal IV of coming with me to the event.
A sneak peek into our conversation; I asked him to join me to the biggest gospel concert on earth ‘The Experience 13, and he was blatant, with a straight face rebuff, this is how he replied me “ Bros, abeg I wan sleep this night; You know I cannot come with you, I had spent all my day on the road, sojourning from South to West of Nigeria, all the way from Akwa Ibom to Lagos, and you are disturbing me with Experience, I no dey come”. He continued; “which one is Experience sef?”, with an awe look on his face.
So, I answered and explained The Experience to him, I shared with him the essence of gathering with over 500,000 other Christians in a cooperate atmosphere of singing anointing to worship and praise God under one roof. That won’t be enough to make him change his mind, so I bargain further with importuning as my bait to bid him to join me, that was not also strong enough to make him change his mind, but he gave me an option which was; “I have this excruciating backache, if I join you to this your Experience, will my pain cease”, with little faith in my heart, I said yes! Your backache will go. And, reluctantly, he accepted to join me to The Experience.
Did the backache leave him?
Findout in the course of this review, as I proceed with the details of the event below.
As at about 7-PM that day, we already strolled into TBS, the venue for The Experience. The stage was set, the lights were incandescence, the strategic screens were beaming images of House On The Rock advertorial of several charity engagements, the white seats were already taken by people who came early to the venue, security was top-notch, the stands were filled with people, and even to the overflow had souls of people’s feet well fitted into every space left on the sands use in playing Cricket, in the outskirtch of the TBS. The last thing left was the sound. The sound men were seen on stage working fastidiously to ensure everything was in order. This took up to 15-20 minutes, and finally, everything was set for the gospel soccer of the biggest music event in the world to begin.
Just after the opening prayer, we were served by the talent of a seven years old boy playing and hitting the drums with the skill set of a 25-years old experience drummer, warming the crowd up with a piece coming off a tip of what was to come in a hole of the iceberg.
Sooner, Tim Godfrey took over with a curtain-raiser performance, taking us to high level of the expected spirited Experience crescendo.
The next artiste on queue was Glowreeyah, the Miracle Worker singer came prepared, as she did not only lead us to a worship session, but she also guided us to dance and praise God amicably.
Mike Aremu, quickly joined her as the next in the line up to perform, as he led us into an electric atmosphere of praise with his music instrument of sax.
Eben was next. The short and chubby looking gospel music act who had his signature hairstyle of mohawk, curved towards the back of his head like a tail of a lizard with a fantastic voice that can be described to be very unique, characterized with baritone and burly resonance. He dressed specially with a stylish blazer for his session, the jacket was embroidered with black and blinking stones. He sterlingly brought us to an acme of a worship moment and praise, singing his 2017 hit song ‘Victory’ and rounding off his time with another hit single ‘All The Way’.
The Lagos City Metropolitan Choir, led by Sir Emeka Nwoke had their time, as they collaboratively joined forces with Rock Cathedral Choir to lead us into a hymn singing session.
Ada, a first timer at The Experience took the center stage as the next minister. Her performance was energetic and charismatic. She sang her panoramic I Testify song, and ended her time with her 2017 hit song ‘You Are Able’.
Travis Greene, took over. A second timer at The Experience, the connection and warmth welcome of shout and claps from the stands gave him the parlance to relate with the worshipers swiftly as he sang several hit songs under his covers. He also gave J J Hairston the stage to sing along with him that night, J J Hairston also performed the popular Nigerian gospel hit song ‘Final Say‘. The short, petite and always smiling pastor, who tied a black scarf on his head and dressed like a HipHop artiste ended his performance emotionally as he led the crowd into his story of coming out of a dying situation to become a blessing to the world, all by the miracle-working ability of God with the song You Waited.
Tim Godfrey was back on stage. As usual, he gave a dramatic performance, juggling through with music classics of Gyration, the Shaku Shaku rave, the Nigerian Gospel praise sound, Afrobeat, and the expected collaborative thanksgiving record of Nara with Travis Greene to end his performance.
Tope Alabi, grabbed the medal of a peak performance from Tim Godfrey, and ran with it into a divine moment of worship, using the Yoruba lingua to poetically and metaphorically lead us to a wide consummation of singing, dancing rendering praises and worship to God.
Don Moen took over the platform to an endearing serene dynamism of music renditions. The calm and warmth worship left the worshipers in awe of God. He sang and praised God peaceful, as the worshipers joined him along. He had the real essence and meaning of this years theme, which was; Jesus Our Peace through the songs he performed.
There was a pause in music renditions as Pastor Paul, introduced by Pastor Ifeanyi took the Mic to admonish the gathering with the sermon of patriotism, introducing few special guests and VIP’s. He later called on Timi Dakolo and the Society of Performing Arts of Nigeria to jointly and dramatically perform the song ‘A Great Nation’, written for Nigeria by Timi, passing the message of love, hope, inspiration, patriotism, and dedication to nation building. Pastor Paul gave a short preaching, buttressing the already established messaged of patriotism.
He left the stage with Minister Chee and Onos to sing the complete stanzer’s of Nigeria’s national anthem.
PlanetsShakers, the newcomers and the main headliners of The Experience 13 had the floor. They performed a tune of different songs with the dominant genres of Gospel and Contemporary Rock music.
Nathaniel Bassey, a regular face at The Experience was next. With his instruments of praise the trumpet, he led the crowd to a pinnacle moment of praise and worship, and for the first time at The Experience, he sang his 2017 Hallelujah challenge anthem ‘Olowogbogboro’. Need to mention that during his performance, Kirk Franklin made a cameo appearance, which sent the crowd to a wild shouting, just spotting him on stage.
Chioma Jesus, another language singer, who sings and praises God in her native Igbo tongue, took the night worshipers to a higher a crescendo. Just like Tope Alabi, she poetically led us to a time of worship and singing praises unto God, her sought after single ‘Chioma’ was on the lips of every worshipper as she ended her pitch on a very high note.
Minister Kike, and The Rock Cathedral Choir had a special rendition of Christmas Carol song 12 Days of Christmas, which the lyrics was amusingly exchanged with humor phrases. On a count of first day of Christmas to 12th day, words like; “A Turkey Palm Tree, Guinea Fowl, Puff Puff, Bags of Rice, Yards of Lace, Iphone X, Kegs of Diesel, Generators, Whistle Blowers, Gucci Bags, Pastors Praying and Drummers Drumming” were all replaced with the original lyrics of the song. It was a good moment as the worshippers kept cheering and asking for more of that lyrics.
Another regular face on The Experience, Donnie Mcclurkin took up his time, raising the worship and praise peak to a zenith.
It was not long when Kirk Franklin took over from him, as the last act for the night, he filled the last vacuum space of performance so well, that the crowd would have told him to stay on stage till the break of morning. He connected ideally with singing his old songs, like Imagine Me, Why We Sing, shoulder, Hosanna, Revolution, and a hosts of many others.
The sublimed part of my cover story in this review is that my friends backache had left him unnoticed. He never knew the pain had gone until I asked him about the back pain that morning as we were walking out of TBS. He confirmed that he no longer felt the pain. That was my major highlight for the night, he blatantly joined me to The Experience with pains on his back, and with joy of praise and worship, he left home with the peace of Jesus Our Peace without the back pain.
This year’s Experience was indeed a handful of God’s people in fellowship, gathering under a co-oporate condition, enveloped by the worship anointing, rendering worships and praises to the living God.
Other side attractions for the night were special appearance of veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Banky W, Ali Baba, and stand up comedy from MC Abbey, MC Forever, Akpororo, and Kenny Blaq.
Check out some Pictures and video of The Experience 13 below:
Timi Dakolo performing his song “A Great Nation”
All photo’s and video are credited to House On The Media.