High quality entertainment was the order of the day when the Ministry of Education staged the second in its series of concerts entitled Celebrating Quality, Promoting Creativity.
People passing through Sky Mall at Haggatt Hall, St Michael on Wednesday afternoon for lunch not only had an enjoyable meal, but were treated to excellent entertainment at the concert which formed part of Education Month celebrations.
The Happy Vale Montessori School started the afternoon’s show with two renditions, I Will Try and Find it on the Wings, while Belmont Primary took to the stage with an a cappella performance of Sinach’s big gospel hit I Know Who I Am and Try Everything.
The Parkinson Memorial Secondary School’s musical legacy is in great hands as the Pine, St Michael institution showcased some highly talented vocalists who came through the school’s Super Voice Contest.
The first Parkinson student was 12-year-old Shania Kishna, who is one to watch if her performance of Like I’m Gonna Lose You was anything to go by. Selwyn Sivers looked quiet and unassuming before he came on stage. However, the youngster was a real livewire when he did a spouge medley combining Sam Smith’s Stay with Me and Barbadian legend Richard Stoute’s version of Vehicle.
The other two singers from that school were Demetria Hamblin, who won this year’s Super Voice Contest and she brought the house down with Hallelujah, while Mr Charisma himself, Weslon Samuels, whose deep voice mesmerised both the young and not so young ladies in the audience with Lou Rawls’ You’ll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine) and the country hit, Your Man.
The Ellerton Primary School Choir performed Rise Up, while the first runner-up in this year’s Junior Calypso Monarch competition in the 8-12 category, Keimani Masterkei Deane, represented Charles F. Broome Primary, performing his 2017 calypso tune A Child’s Plea.
The Bay Primary School performed three songs, rotating the members of the choir as they proceeded. Their first song, Our Home often referred to as Legends to Legacy, and it brought back memories of our 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations a year ago.
The school then presented a smaller group of students who performed Put a Little Love in Your Heart, and six girls concluded with a rendition of The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow made famous in the stage play and classic movie Annie.
The George Lamming Primary School choir then “upped the thing” as one of the students graced the stage with a conga drum as the group performed the gospel song Bless the Lord O My Soul and John King’s How Many More.
Then it was the Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary School’s turn, and they gave a stirring performance of The Lord’s Prayer and Total Praise accompanied by a teacher on keyboards.
However, the group’s soloist, young Shontae Alleyne-Clarke, was a stand-out with an amazing performance of One Wing. This young lady has a fantastic vocal range, never missed a beat, and if she continues at this rate she will be a star in the entertainment business.
The future of Barbados’ entertainment industry is in excellent hands. The next concert in the series will be at the Emerald City Complex in Six Roads, St Philip, next Wednesday.