Music took centre stage last Friday night when the 2016 edition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) got underway.
Of the 20 acts which were showcased at the first semifinals, 11 involved music performances, with the majority by secondary school students.
Kaysha Springer, Ashe Augustine, Brineshua Brewster, Theres Lambert, Golden Vocals, Andre Alleyne and Cindy Springer all delighted an appreciative audience with some good renditions.
However, Golden Vocals who closed the show with a spirited performance of He Wants It All Today, definitely stood out among the cast and earned rousing applause from the audience.
Cindy Springer also impressed with her rendition of Midnight Blues, a song made popular in Barbados during the 1970s by then leading songbird, Wendy Alleyne.
Kaysha Springer, already a NIFCA award winner, was among the night’s performers, rendering two songs, Try It On My Own and One Night With the King.
Ashe Augustine’s rendition of Feeling Good was also warmly received and earned her rousing applause.
Theres Lambert, no stranger to the NIFCA stage, performed two songs, What Now and This Love Is Beautiful. The latter was an original piece.
Andre Alleyne, a school teacher, presented two pieces, Do It For Love, an original, and Stand By Me.
Brineshua Brewster performed Stay.
In addition to the musical presentations, the audience was treated to presentations in dance, drama and speech.
Azania Akofa Elcock delivered a speech entitled Calypso Upset, earning her much applause at the end of the performance for the thought provoking piece.
Alister Alexander also gave a speech, When De Skipper Come Down.
Good performances were also given by Kibibi Lee, Sanaiya Brathwaite and Ysobel Jones, competing in the junior category.
Performers in the first group of semi-finalists last Friday night were all vying for a spot in the highly anticipated NIFCA finals at month-end.
This year’s finals are extra special as they coincide with the celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence.