The 50th anniversary of Barbados’ Independence is exactly one week away from today. However, when the curtain came down on the 2016 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) last Sunday night, it was a fitting early tribute to the island on reaching this milestone.
The Gala, under the theme Through the Eyes of a Child, the entire cast of performers came together on stage front centre in the form of a perfectly done three tier make-believe cake and joined the Coleridge and Parry School Choir in singing an original piece, Happy Birthday Barbados.
The crème de la crème of performing artistes from across all disciplines at this year’s NIFCA finals and other special performances, put on quite a show for the audience. Judging from the tremendous applause which reverberated throughout a packed Kensington Oval, the crowd definitely enjoyed it all.
Ki’ann Browne took the audience to church with her rendition of He’ll Do It Again. She received a standing ovation from the audience who cheered loudly. Many persons were overheard saying the performance directly touched them.
The St Leonard’s Boys’ Choir also gave a great performance of Strive for Excellence, earning themselves a standing ovation from the appreciative audience. Although not the 100 voices we have grown accustomed too, they were still just as good and would have encouraged anyone listening to continue to strive for excellence in their lives.
The Coleridge & Parry School choir also excelled doing their two finals performances, Day-O and Happy Birthday Barbados. Every time these sweet singing students from Ashton Hall, St Peter grace a stage, the crowd erupts in thunderous applause and cheers.
Little Tahirah Gibbons is definitely following in Janine White’s footsteps. She performed a piece, Water Got Me Worried, written by White, and was in excellent form. Her pronunciation, enunciation and overall presentation of the piece kept everyone’s eyes glued to the stage and triggered much laughter. She definitely is one to watch in the future.
Overall, it was good gala night and a good climax to NIFCA 2016. Many patrons congratulated the organizers on a job well done and commented on how smoothly the show ran, from start to finish. The show definitely was a grand contribution to the island’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.