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Lion country rockers ring in capital Yuletide spirit

- Youth outfit ropes in Singapore band Reverse for music, magic & anti-addiction message in Christmas month

“One way Jesus

You’re the only one that I could live for...”

Singapore-based rock group Reverse came and conquered Ranchi on Sunday afternoon with Yuletide cheer and a cause.

The six-member band, with peppy rock, traditional hymns and carols, performed at Gossner Theological Society Hall, ringing in Christmas Bliss — the name of the event — on the first Sunday of December.

Gems Storm (an abbreviation of Gospel echoing mission — students’ outreach mission) tied up with Reverse of Singapore to give seasons’ greetings coupled with anti-addiction messages.

Great music and warm interaction made the event unique in the city’s culture calendar. “It may not a huge concert but we are really glad to be among you,” vocalist Ming Hui told the audience before regaling them with ditties.

But as Reverse kept belting out timeless numbers one after the other, it had become a big event.

So when Hui asked the crowd “will you please stand up and sing with us?” the singer received hundreds of enthusiastic ayes.

The band performed well-known numbers such as Oh Happy Day, Today is the Day, One Way Jesus and many more.

“You shut your eyes and feel this song,” Hui urged, before rendering “Open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you.” The audience obeyed.

“We reached India a week ago and have performed in Lucknow, Varanasi and Patna before coming to Ranchi,” said vocalist-guitarist Bobby. Other members were Aaron (drummer), Joshua (bassist), Mathew (lead guitarist) and Anisha (on the keyboard).

Interestingly, they also presented two hymns in Hindi that they picked up in this country — “Mere man mein tu hi tu” and “Yisu tera naam sabse uncha hai”.

Hosts Gems Storm, with members Abhishek Singh (vocalist-guitarist), David Lakra (on the keyboard), Deepak Kumar (drummer) and Priyesh Hembrom (bassist), also rendered two songs — Hey Zion” and Shout for Joy.

“Listening to music together creates solidarity and keeps youths away from vices,” said Gems Storm’s Daniel (he doesn’t use his last name), one of the organisers of Sunday’s event and an engineer.

Joseph, also of Gems Storm, took to the stage and motivated youths to keep addiction at bay.

“Since the past 12 years, I’ve been actively working to create awareness among youths of the dangers of drugs and other addictions. Thanks in part to our efforts, many actually gave up bad habits and are now doing very well in academic or medical careers,” Daniel added.