Independence Square, The City, was the place to be on Wednesday night as the Royal Commonwealth Society staged its annual Christmas in the Square concert.
The free event, which attracted locals and visitors alike, featured performances from the Barbados Cadet Corps and the children of officers of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).
“It was only fitting that we should highlight the youth because everything from the Royal Commonwealth Society is about the youth, all of our projects are youth geared,” said chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cheryll Belle, adding that the Society was also eager to let the public know that the BDF was not only about “boots and guns”.
“It was earlier this year really that I attended the annual church service of the BDF and when I heard their talent I said it was something we had to bring to the public to let them see that it is not all boots and guns as people think, but the BDF, as well as the cadets, can give anybody, even [Barbadian superstar] Rihanna, a run for their money with the singers they have and their talent,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Among the standouts on the night were Cadet Under Officer Jaeesha Samuel who wowed the audience with her vocal range as she expertly sang White Christmas, acapella style.
She was later accompanied by a combined BDF and Barbados Cadet Corps band as she rendered Jesus Born on This Day.
Nazynga Daniel also received loud applause from the audience as she sang the Christmas classic, Mary Did You Know.
The combined band, led by Sergeant Brian Cole, also rendered several popular Christmas selections, including Santa Baby, Santa Clause Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto and Maizie.
Some of the other performers on the night were OS Remi Corbin, Shaniqua Stanford, Sharadd Stanford and Naomi Williams, who must be commended for their efforts given the number of technical difficulties experienced on the night.