The beat goes on for HeadStart musicians – children between ages eight and ten – who will continue to receive free beginner level training on the saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and percussion.
It’s all thanks to the inaugural annual Concert for a Cause organized by jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman.
The show, held at the Hilton Barbados Resort, included performances from talented Barbadian musicians and artistes, including David Weatherhead, the gospel band Promise, trumpeter Kweku Jelani, 2Mile Hill, Marvay, the Nicholas Brancker Band and Elan Trotman himself.
The Headstart Music students got the show off to a rocking start as each flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet and percussion group performed a solo act. Together they were even better, as all the students united to perform Welcome the Morning Sun by the Merrymen.
The gospel group, Promise, led by reputable local vocalist Sheldon Hope, had the crowd in high spirits, clapping along to their joyous gospel music. The group integrated their positive messages with a plea to support budding musicians as they sang Love Letters, Jesus Is Love and Falling In Love With Jesus. They also paid tribute to the pioneer of spouge, the late Jackie Opel, singing his song You Still Have Jesus.
Berkley University graduate Kweku Jelani, was a delight with his powerful and enigmatic performance of Gabby’s Emmerton.
Soca artiste Marvay regaled the crowd with his dewy vocals as he sang a soulful R&B version of his 2016 hit Survive The Weekend before breaking into the typical soca melody. Marvay also performed I Know The Face and Antidote, which had the audience singing along with him.
When local band 2Mile Hill hit the stage, they literally brought the large audience to their feet. Vocalist Mahalia had the crowd bouncing and grooving to the music as she raised the energy in the Hilton Barbados ballroom with Let It Go, Conversation and the band’s latest summer single Get Over.
The instrumentalists came out in full force with veteran musician Nicholas Brancker and his band. The band had the crowd jiving and begging for more. Brancker’s announcement that the band would play only three songs was met with shouts from the audience begging to prolong the band’s lively and riveting performances.
During his 20-minute set, Brancker called for more recognition of musicians. Speaking to the crowd, which also included Minister of Industry, International Business and Commerce Donville Inniss, Brancker said: “We are trying to make ourselves better to make our music better so our country can feel proud of us when we carry our music to the world”.
The best was saved for last as Elan Trotman joined the Nicholas Brancker Band for 30 minutes of glorious musicality.
Trotman revealed that it was his first time publicly performing with Brancker, but the two dominated the stage performing Trade Winds and Island Gal from Trotman’s album. They also did a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You and Mark Lorde’s I Hear A Love Song.
Concert for a Cause was a memorable night, with good music and spectacular performances, all in the name of developing the island’s future musicians. (KK)