by Donna Sealy
Tony Poser Grazette, Sing Out Barbados, and the Nazarene Silvertones, rocked the Oistins Bay Garden last night turning the otherwise quiet place (on a Sunday) into a lively one, chock full of sweet music, praise and dancing.
It was the 10th staging of the Silver Sands HIV Education Committee’s HIV Yuletide Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony and after MP for Christ Church South, John Boyce, spoke and turned the lights on the Christmas tree and on the band stand, it was time for the show which started with a poem on AIDS by the Silver Sands Committee.
Held in conjunction with the Community Development Department, the committee also presented awards to Sing Out Barbados, brother and sister singers Shanice and Arron King, for their support over the years.
As the tantalising fragrance of frying fish wafted across to the bay garden, the people who attended seemed oblivious to it and focussed their attention on the many performances and were not afraid to sing along and dance to their favourite songs.
Poser, who sang seven songs, was a clear favourite and some members of the audience told him what they wanted to hear and he obliged. His set included Feliz Navidad, This Magic Moment, The Riddle (Chicken) Song where he was accompanied by the “Oistins TabernacleSDRq, Knock on Wood and Let Me Introduce You.
Sing Out Barbados was refreshing as they brought the Christmas spirit with them.
It was hard not to sing along, whether you knew the words or not, as they performed Christmas Feeling, Sing Me Noel, the hilarious Make You a Christmas Present, A Bajan Carol and Lord’s Kitchener’s Drink A Rum.
The Silvertones brought all the energy, praise and worship associated with them to the venue.
They got the audience to its feet and had them waving and clapping their hands and praising God through their selection of songs that included a gospel medley, Jerusalem, Come Let Us Adore Him, I am the Victory, and Sweet Salvation.
When was the last time you saw square dancing?
The Nicholls Bakery AJ Square Dancers from St. Joseph put on quite a show and had the audience tapping their feet and nodding their heads to the music.
Shenise Marshall’s a capella version of O Holy Night was well executed. She showed great voice control, and good range and won the audience over.
Other performers were the Christ Church Line Dancers, Hazel Harris with her liturgical dance to Hand of God, Anthony Grazette, who did a Christmas song, Shanice and Arron King, Clyrene Mason who did a thought provoking and humourous dramatic speech on some of the issues of today, Orville Blackman and Edward Paul, who the audience forgave for forgetting the words to O Come O Come Emmanuel.
Master of Ceremonies, Petrona Holder, who was also the chairman of the committee hosting the event, said the concert started in 2002 in Silver Sands before heading to the popular Bay Garden in 2003.
The concert was not only about entertainment. There was information about HIV/AIDS, distribution of condoms, give-aways and the collection of money which to go toward the purchase of food items for the HIV Food Bank.
The downsides of the show were some minor technical hitches, which proved easy to overlook, and the lengthy performances by some of the acts that dragged the show, which started at 7 p.m., to beyond 10:45 p.m. Overall though, it was a nice way to spend Sunday evening with the family and friends. firstname.lastname@example.org