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DJ partners inspired by Florida Flavour Fest

Two of a kind: Mark Phillips, left, and Brotha Richie of Trinity Sound Crew are hoping people will join them at a Christian leadership conference in October. They are holding an information session on Thursday at 7.30pm(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Some Christians have a lot of responsibilities on their plate.

Many suffer burnout with exhaustion from prayer meetings, youth ministry obligations and church services.

Radio host Brotha Richie believes the Flavour Fest Urban Leadership 2016 can help.

The conference, scheduled for Tampa Bay, Florida in October, builds up church leaders and teaches them how to reach urban communities with the gospel.

Brotha Richie and Mark Phillips will share their take on the event at a free workshop at Covenant House on Reid Street on Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Q: How did you hear about Flavour Fest?

A: Actually it was my DJing partner Mark Phillips who told me about it and really put me on to the church behind it, Crossover Church. Mark (DJ Total Package) is such a hip-hop head. He’s always been in the know when it comes to what’s happening in the Christian hip-hop world.

The Flavour Fest Urban Leadership Conference has grown to be one of the most popular gatherings of those involved in urban ministry and reaching their communities through hip-hop, and other grassroots initiatives, so I’m excited to take part later this year.

Q: What about it piqued your interest?

A: When I looked at the types of workshops that Flavour Fest offered, and the various events that were part of the four-day event, I knew that this was something that we had to go to. This is a chance for us to experience and be further equipped and inspired in what we do as DJs and urban outreach agents of change.

Q: Why did you want to take part again this year?

A: As a unit we first attended Flavour Fest in 2013. We were totally blown away by the environment and professionalism of the conference.

From that moment, Total Package mentioned he saw us coming back to the conference to actually participate as DJs. I’m not one to doubt that God is able, and after two years of keeping in contact with Pastor Tommy of Crossover Church [who runs the festival], we reached out in faith in 2015 and asked if we could participate as guest DJs for the 15th anniversary of the Flavour Fest Conference.

Thanks to the help of some community partners in Bermuda we were able to get our aeroplane tickets and other things sorted. Then the next thing we knew we ended up being the featured DJs just about every day of the conference last year.

Trinity Sound actually made Flavour Fest history by being the first DJ crew to play the conference representing the authentic sound of the islands, with reggae and dancehall-style gospel music.

Pastor Tommy said the people were excited to experience the energy we brought through our unique island flavour of DJing. So as of last December, we were confirmed to be featured guest DJs again. The event this year will be happening from October 6 to 9.

Q: What do you think is so special about a festival like this?

A: It’s a place where you can actually meet a lot of the artists whose music you hear. You also have the opportunity to get vital information on how you can impact your city, communities and culture for the kingdom of God, in effective and relevant ways.

Q: What was the most rewarding part of last year’s conference? Did it challenge you in any way? If so, how?

A: The most rewarding part was to be able to take the many gifts and talents that Bermuda has to offer and share them on an international platform.

We played a lot of Bermudian urban gospel artists during our sets, like Whopper Benz, Miss Tish, Lita Marie, Deondre, Big Snipes, Samantha Smith and many others.

Q: Why is it important to you that other Bermudians experience the conference?

A: I’ve been involved in youth ministry in one form or the other since the ‘90s, and I can tell you first-hand that many local youth ministries are suffering.

Youth workers are burnt out, frustrated, trying to figure out ways to increase the numbers, keep the youth actively engaged in their faith, and themselves being effective leaders and agents of change within their peer group.

The various workshops, and resources that you can find at the Flavour Fest Urban Leadership Conference are just what some of my colleagues need to recharge their spiritual batteries, and give them a fresh perspective on how to rebuild their ministries, personal lives, and impact their communities, beyond the four walls of the building.

Q: What’s happening on February 11?

A: DJ Total Package and I will be sharing some video footage of our last trip there, and share about how we’ve been personally impacted by the conference.

We will also [talk with] Lily Perlaza, the director of Flavour Fest, [on] Skype to answer any questions that those in attendance may have.

This is an opportunity for many that have desired change in their island, their own lives and ministries, to come and learn how that can be a reality.

RSVP through Facebook: Trinity Sound; e-mail brotharichie@gmail.com or call 703-4896