The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Music finals were themed Crescendo! and the performances were on a “high note” in every form.
The 23 performances explored various aspects of Barbadian culture in song, rhyme and rhythm. And many paid tribute to Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence.
If Barbados was a person, he or she would have been blushing and beaming with pride in the Frank Collymore Hall on Saturday night when the Coleridge and Parry School Choir finished their rendition of Happy Birthday Barbados.
This original piece was by far the best performance of the night. The crowd definitely thought so as they were on their feet following the performance. The screams and shouts continued for more than a minute after the award-winning choir left the stage.
We have grown to expect A-class performances from the group and they did not disappoint. The choir took off the school’s uniform and came dressed in all black with small Barbados flags. They danced, sang, and harmonized in their song wishing the country Happy Birthday, ending the performance with a bang, literally, and much confetti. It was simply excellent and if you missed it, there is a 99 per cent chance you will be seeing them at the gala. A gold medal should be theirs sometime this week.
Their second performance of the night Day-O was just as spectacular. They closed the show and showed off their expert vocal abilities under the direction of Marlon Legall.
The Coleridge & Parry Vocal Ensemble was also quite impressive in their rendition of Powerful. Their tradition of excellence and rich history should bring much pride to every CP old scholar out there.
Ki’Ann Brown, also a product of the Coleridge & Parry School and a former member of the choir, brought the house down, or rather, took the packed audience to church. She gave two very powerful performances of I Can Only Imagine and He’ll Do It Again.
The 22-year-old has vocal chords that could rival some of the best in the business and it’s clear she has a bright bright future ahead of her. The crowd was on their feet after each performance and they absolutely loved her. She too should be in the running for gold awards.
Golden Vocals, a family spanning three generations, also impressed with their rendition of He Wants It All.
Ordene Dottin was also impressive with her original social commentary Oh Shoot. The song addressed many issues currently plaguing the country. The crowd loved it.
Cherece Richards was exciting as usual, giving two performances I Look To You and an original piece One Word.
Tarique Griffith was a joy to listen to with his two renditions of Only For One Night and Don’t Go, an original piece.
Mequissa Baptiste was also a joy to listen to. She gave her version of Gabby’s Emmerton and it was quite refreshing. She too sang an original piece entitled Fighter.
Cindy Springer was impressive in her rendition of Midnight Blue.
Also performing were Haynesville Youth Club, Ashe Augustine, Focus Pop Band, Andre Alleyne, Ellerslie School Choir, Kaysha Springer, The Pelican Island Brass and Israel Lovell Foundation.