theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

April 4, 2013

Music ministry brings taste of Jamaican culture to concert

Brenda Tollett Associate Editor adanewslifestyle@cableone.net
The Ada News

Ada —  

A music ministry from Montego Bay, Jamaica, begins a tour of the United States Sunday with a concert in Ada.

Called, a group of 13 members ranging in age from 18 to 35, began seven years ago as part of a ministry with the Montego Bay Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Kyron Whittaker, a member of the group, recently graduated from college and wanted to continue the Called to Praise ministry in the United States, beginning with Ada's concert.

"We want to bring the experience of Jamaican culture to the concert," Whittaker said.

Called is working on a new album that will be completed in about a year, according to Whittaker. Although the music ministry is supported by the church, he said financing for much of the group's charity work comes from concerts.

The ministry helps families who are in need of food and household supplies. It also helps support a church-operated facility for the elderly.

"We are the best at what we do," Whittaker said. "We are hoping we can establish a strong foundation in Ada and can have a concert here each year."

The concert takes place at McSwain Theatre, 130 Main Street Tickets are available at the McSwain Theatre box office. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for children under age 12.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday.