About a week ago; Rhyme and Reason concert, 2016 edition took place and was absolutely lit. The theme was ‘The Excision’. The event took place at The Dome, Lekki. Absolutely beautiful structure; I must say. Now for those of us who are unaware, the Dome is home to This Present House. If you’re looking for a church to attend in Lekki, you should totally go there.
Anyway, back to RnR; it was a wonderful gathering of very creative, very blessed, very gifted and very spirit filled people. I mean, the likes of Jackie Hill-Perry, Preston Perry, Ezekiel Azonwu, Janette Ikz, Gaise, Provabs, Plumbline, Atilola, Or.Raw.Day, IBK Spaceship Boi & Tychi and the best Dj out there, Dj Mordu. If you are not familiar with any of the names above, Google really is your friend.
So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’ll be giving highlights of the performances (all of them brilliant by the way); but since they all spoke to me, I can’t pick a favourite, they are all my favourites. Here goes;
Because I was busy interviewing all these awesome celebrities, I didn’t really see Gaise performing; but I most definitely heard him. It just so happens that I absolutely love Gaise. I love his sound, his lyrics, and his passion for God in an industry where people start with God but are not too slow in jumping ship. He’s been steadfast and he’s a big inspiration to me. I even got his album (lost the previous one). Luckily it had all the songs that I love especially Awa O Tush o closely followed by Follow Follow (living up to its name).
I was a little bit surprised when he came back to perform a spoken word piece which he absolutely killed. I enjoyed every minute of it. Naija spoken word just has a certain flavour that’s undeniable. The piece was on relationships between guys and girls. The best part, he referred to fornication as ‘Suicidal Sex’ and this cannot be truer.
I didn’t get to see Or.Raw.Day perform also but I know she was on point. I attend this open mic thing called Taruwa; and I had seen her perform there before. I fell in love with her. Her swag, the way she said the words, it was all just captivating. A quote, ‘Maybe not in this world, na, definitely in this world. The piece was talking about girls who used guys and guys who played girls, and karma catching up with them.
Next on the menu, was a whole serving of Jackie and Preston. I mean, they are so in love. I pray to be in love like that one day. The best part of both their performances was their testimony. It is so amazing that after all what they had experienced they still allowed the Holy Spirit to perform His perfect work on them. Preston had his first sexual encounter when he was just 12 years old and that just opened the door of unending sexual desire. He was hooked on it. A new day; a different girl. But he was never truly satisfied. See that’s what the devil does, he keeps you wanting for more but never really fulfil those desires. In the end you just feel empty. Drawing our minds to the scripture in 1 Corinthians 6: 13 – 14, ‘The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body’. Asking us, ‘How do you apologise to a living God when you have slept with the dead?’
Jackie also shares her testimony. How God drew her out of homosexuality. No matter how many boxers she wore, she hadn’t been made a man. She had chosen to choose to deny Him. Referring to 1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 12. ‘Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God’.
Wow. You know, sometimes I just see some scriptures and I’m like Thank you Jesus. It just makes me feel special. I was once like that, but I’ve been washed. This is also the problem with most Christians. Because we do not read our Bible, we do not see this assurances. So when the devil comes, we have no defence. We accept his judgement, when there’s a better one in the Bible.
She also spoke about relationships. Being dangerously in love. I’m sure she hates to burst your bubble, but a man who is not led by God cannot lead you anywhere. A lot of us know this, but we still choose to go for the turn- up guys. Well, we’ll see where you turn up.
Another piece by Jackie centred on filtering and examining the Word that we hear. Using the example of when we go grocery shopping. So you want to buy a fruit, you turn it over, you feel it just to make sure it’s not rotten. This should be the same attitude we have toward the Word of God we hear. We have the manuals, crosscheck it. Study to show yourself approved. When people look at you, they should see God and not you. She also spoke on how some of us are actually enslaved but we proclaim that we are free. Referring to the words of Harriet Tubman (which I only know because I watch Black-ish), ‘I freed a thousand slaves, but I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves’.
Janette Ikz and Ezekiel performed their piece, ‘Ready or Not’. I’d heard this piece performed by someone else at an open mic theatre event I attend, so I was just reciting along and it felt good. The guy beside me even had to ask. Lol! Anyway, the real deal was much better. Basically, the piece was referring to the church. You and me really. When Jesus comes, will we be ready or not? Because we’re currently mixing a lot of our will with a little bit of His. Supressing who he supernaturally intended us to be. Running back to our sins, the familiar comfort. In other words, please listen to this piece. I barely scratched the surface. It’s amazing in so many ways.
I failed to mention that Janette Ikz is an absolute delight. Such a free spirit and she’s got jokes. The Jollof kinda jokes (some Liberian jollof). Coming from a history of sexual abuse she thought she could never be cleansed. Her sins were too red to be wiped away. But she chose to trust God. Now a lot of people still have that sin identity after salvation; this is wrong. You have been reclaimed by the one who formed you. He’s freed you and as far as the east is to the west, so are you from your sins. There simply is no meeting point. We may ask how we can help God get rid of our sins, well, He already did. We just need to accept it. Jesus meant it when He said it was finished. Nobody can take away what Christ has given you. It is now your duty to tell the world the whole truth or shut your mouth (at this juncture, there was a dramatic shirt throw which I absolutely loved).
Fine, married man Ezekiel was up next. His voice; sensational. He kinda role played. God on one hand, the devil on the other hand. Even the devil knows, when we don’t serve the God that’s right, he’s the only god left to serve. So we either make a conscious effort to serve God or an unconscious effort to serve the devil. When you put truth under the bed, you lie with the devil. The devil makes the problem look like human beings, when it’s really all him. We end up blaming one another, when we could just pray. Hell is like a blind date with darkness; you never know what to expect. Then, glitch; which most times equals grace. God flips the script on the devil. God is a reckless romantic; we just sometimes have no clue how much He adores us. The devil on the other hand is dead meat and that’s why he has beef with us (see that?). Time and time again; God is always recycling us, clearing our history. Yes, the devil spelled backwards is lived, but are you prepared to have the world in exchange for your soul?
He also took us back in time, mehn. Some worship songs that I hadn’t heard in ages. My personal favourite, ‘Do something new, in my life, something new in my life, do something new in my life, O Lord’.
Atilola and Plumbline then came on stage. A piece on living within our means. They were delectable. Very funny also. It was some sort of word play with designers. How we come to church just to show off our wealth and in the process oppress other people who are not as well to do. Thereby making them live a lie they really can’t afford. Even the oppressors can’t afford it most times. They borrow. Not a designer line, but a line all the same, ‘Why is Ben always Bruised?’
Plumbline did a piece on the violence around the world in recent times. All the boko harams’, al Qaeda’s and IS groups. The hate should be excised and replaced with love. He also performed another really scientific piece. About the devil ferociously attacking our spinelessness. Something on proboscis and a lot of other scientific stuff which are beyond me. The gist; so what if you can’t make the world’s ratings? Stand ad be inspired by the spoken truth. #Gbam.
IBK Spaceshipboi and TyChi, power duo. Loved his blonde hair and her sunglasses in the building. They performed a song. I’ve never heard anything like it. It was beautiful. The beat was off the chain. Their voices, heavenly. Nothing short of award winning.
Dj Mordu was also on top of his game. Got a couple of new songs to download. He’s a Christian Dj and he’s on Cool Fm 96.9, every Sunday morning.
In wrapping up the event, there was a very artistic appreciation of all the RnR sponsors. Blew us all away.
So there you have it. Big ups to all the people that got together to make this concert a reality. God sees your work.
I know it’s a tiny bit long, but I’m sure it was worth the read.