The tradition of excellence continued last Friday night when semi-final four in the 2016 edition of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) came off at the Alexandra School.
Music dominated a splendid array of performances by mostly school groups. Many were original compositions paying tribute to the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence.
These originals came from Mireya Hosein singing Barbados My Home; the Ignatius Byer Primary School with renditions of Tribute to the Late Excellent Errol Walton Barrow and Let’s Celebrate Bim, We Are 50 and the Coleridge and Parry School with Happy Birthday Barbados.
The Haynesville Youth Club also did an excellent musical selection of From Africa to Barbados, which too was an original piece.
The award winning Coleridge and Parry School Choir and Vocal Ensemble stayed true to form and delivered three spectacular performances which brought the house down.
They sang a cover of Powerful from the hit TV series Empire that was arranged by music teacher and musical director Marlon Legall. It was followed by another great performance – Day-O – which Legall also arranged.
Another of their pieces, Happy Birthday Barbados, brought some members of the audience to their feet and is sure to tug at the heartstrings of any proud Barbadian.
Ki’ann Browne was another audience pleaser with her two soulful renditions of I Can Only Imagine and He’ll Do It Again. Browne, a former Coleridge and Parry student, is also an award-winning NIFCA artiste.
Blessed with the voice of an angel, little Mireya Hosein of The Codrington School stole many hearts with her two pieces – This Girl Is On Fire and Barbados My Home. She was accompanied on the keyboard by Chrystal Cummins-Beckles.
Confirming that creativity does shine on the NIFCA stage, the Ignatius Byer Primary School choir thoroughly impressed with their two entries. The audience was left singing one infectious line ‘wash it down with a lil mauby’ from their piece Let’s Celebrate Barbados.
Iyanla Jordan who gave an entertaining speech entitled “I” in The Community, is definitely one to keep eyes on for the future. She gave an entertaining portrayal of what goes on at the popular Q in de Community each Thursday.
The Barbados Youth Service also took to the stage to showcase the talents of students. It performed a strong dramatic piece written by Winston Farrell that was entitled The Birds, Bees and HIV.
Praise Academy of Dance also gave good performances of The Power of the Cross and Freed Nation.
Other performances at NIFCA semifinals four came from Shontae Barnett, St Bernard’s Primary School, Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School, Ellerslie School Choir, Carl Chase and Carl Broome & Shauna Yearwood.