Based on the performances on Monday night at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Junior Finals, it’s safe to say that the tradition of excellence will live on. The young ones were simply fantastic.
The mixed disciplines final provided for an exciting and entertaining night. The 28 performances were spectacular and the children from across the country should be commended for an excellent job done.
The Ignatius Byer Primary School were definitely among the best on the night with their two original renditions of Tribute to the Late Errol Walton Barrow and Let’s Celebrate Bim; We are 50. The latter was a beautiful original piece.
The children loved it, the choir director loved it and the audience couldn’t get enough. Long after the show ended, patrons were still singing the line ‘wash it down with a lil mauby’. They were excellent.
Tahirah Gibbons, along with the rest of Barbados, is worried about the water. As usual, she was fantastic in her dramatic piece Water Got Me Worried.
Jaden Jones, of the St Bartholomew Primary, left the crowd in stitches with his performance of Tremors. I’m sure everyone will make sure bathrooms are in perfect working order before using them.
Brandon Byer-Maloney reminded the audience that ‘little is much when you place it in the Master’s hands’. His piece That Little Boy was excellent and very well received. His school, Gordon Walters Primary, were also spectacular in their two speeches Thanks and Praise and Barrow.
Sanaiyah Brathwaite, doing a dramatic piece entitled Who Am I, was also impressive. Trinity Clarke is definitely following in her mother Kareen Clarke’s footsteps. She gave an excellent rendition of My Redeemer Lives.
Also giving excellent renditions were Neesha Welch singing No More Nights, Jahzara Clarke singing Jesus Take The Wheel and I Am Amazed. The crowd loved them all.
Dancin Africa’s piece Refugee was excellent. Choreographed by Aisha Comissiong, the thought-provoking piece carried a strong message that was felt by all. The dancers definitely understood the meaning of the dance, as it was evident in their expressions and passion. Job well done to their young dancers. Kudos to Comissiong once again.
St Cyprian’s Boys were also quite impressive with their original piece Sugar Cane.
The Pinelands Creative Workshop brought the show to a close with an energetic performance entitled Afroship. They were excellent.
Also performing were St Bernard’s Primary, Kibibi Lee, Mount Tabor Primary, Grantley Prescod Memorial, Deacons Primary, Gentle Steps Academy, Mireya Hosein, St John’s Primary, Faith and Justin Leacock, Luther Thorne Memorial and Pearls Dance Academy.