I have a message for all people - Downswell talks about Caribbean Premier League gig

August 30, 2017
Kevin Downswell in performance at the PAN 2017 Regional One in St Elizabeth last weekend.
The Hero Super Fan may have thought the game was being played in the Party Stand.
Powerade belles bring the vibe as the Tallawahs played the Trinbago Knight Riders.
No Party Stand? No matter. Jamaica Tallawahs fans find a way to bring their own excitement.
George Davis (left), Jerome Green (centre) and Abka Fitz-Henley enjoy life on the Party Stand last Friday when Jamaica Tallawahs took on St Lucia Stars at Sabina Park.

The Party Stand at Sabina Park has become the entertainment hot spot at Caribbean Premier League (CPL) matches.

It has been often described as the ultimate party spot, a place where patrons can dance up a storm and drink as much as they want.

Last weekend, Bounty Killer and dancehall diva Tifa delivered high energy performances as they kicked things off for the 2017 CPL games in Jamaica.

Minister Kevin Downswell is set to take the stage tonight but being a minister of the gospel, some have begun to wonder whether his 'package' was the right fit for cricket.

However, in an interview with THE STAR, Minister Downswell, well aware of the party atmosphere surrounding the CPL, said he had no reservations about performing at the event.

"I'm definitely looking forward (to his appearance). Every time I step on stage, it's always about God and about reaching the people and that's my focus," he said. "The Bible said 'go into all the world', it didn't say go where there is vodka but not Red Label or go where there is a one pop but not M16s so I am without hesitation, always willing to carry the message of God wherever. I'm looking forward to the entire park joining me in praise to God."

Minister Downswell revealed that despite how some may feel about him performing at secular events, as a minister of the Gospel, he accepts invitations to some of those events because the message he has is not just for Christians.


Regional final


"At the end of the day, winning souls don't have to be on the spot. Sometimes you sing a song at an event and it touches someone so much that by the time they get home, they give their lives to Christ," he said explaining that he has had that experience before. "I was at the CB Pan Chicken (regional final) the other day and after my performance I had so many people come to me to tell me they were touched by my songs. My goal is to reach the people who aren't hearing the gospel every day, those who aren't going to church on a regular basis and if that means going to these events, then so be it."

Following Downswell's performance on Wednesday, the Jamaican leg of the CPL will come to a climax on Friday with dancer turned artiste, Ding Dong.

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