Last Friday was a very special occasion at the Barbados Youth Service (BYS) at Warrens, St Michael.
The students, under the tutelage of cultural icon Winston Farrell and the patronage of BYS director Hally Haynes, staged a fabulous end-of-term Christmas concert that exposed their unquestionable talents.
Farrell has been working assiduously with the eager recruits over the past months but the weekend concert was basically put together in 24 hours with the assistance of David Zige Walcott, James Lovell and Toni DJ Hurricane Newton, among others.
Latisha Whitney was the undoubted star attraction of the afternoon. Despite suffering from a slight throat infection, Whitney blew away the audience with first her rendition of Hallelujah and then a flawless interpretation of Mariah Carey’s Hero. She left no one in doubt that she possessed the talent to go far in the music industry.
Nicholai Corbin, more associated with his liking for dancehall music, surprised many with a sterling rendition of My Heart Will Go On. With formal voice training in the future Corbin’s name could be on the lips of many music lovers.
The BYS’ drummers created a favourable impression with their set as did the dancers who showed much precision in their movements to both calypso and dancehall renditions. Alisha Hampden also showed much promise during her musical presentation.
The afternoon was brought to a pulsating climax with the BYS’ steelband, which figuratively tore the roof off the complex with a piece entitled Phenomenon that had many in the appreciative audience out of their chairs and dancing to the rhythms.
Afterwards a delighted Haynes praised the students for their wonderful efforts while Farrell told them that they had achieved much in twenty-four hours and to contemplate on what great things they could all achieve over the months ahead. (WG)