Rotary-sponsored ‘Great Gatsby’ a hit
by Krystal Hoyte
It was all about glitz, glamour and glorious music last weekend as the Rotary Club of Barbados South staged Caribbean Excellence: The Great Gatsby.
Patrons turned out at Frank Collymore Hall dressed to the nines in keeping with the 1920s theme.
The sold out show, which featured the Arturo Tappin Band, was nothing short of amazing.
The musical ensemble, which performed for almost two hours, comprised local artistes Alix Cage, Jaicko, Joaquin, Nikita and Kristen Walker and was led by internationally renowned saxophonist and son of the soil Tappin himself.
They performed a range of hits, including 24 Karat Magic, Rock With You and Just As Long As We Have Love.
With the recent surge in violence on the island, Jaicko made a special appeal for peace during a heart-tugging performance of John King’s How Many More, which was well received.
However, it would be Cage’s impressive performance of Fantasy that would earn the first of many standing ovations on the night.
As usual, Tappin did not disappoint as he performed a medley of instrumental songs, including Havana and Cry Me A River, mesmerizing the audience with his pure talent.
The first half of the show was equally as thrilling. Backed by the Golden Apple Project Band, Marisa Lindsay serenaded the full house with her jazz vocals as she delivered Anita Baker’s Sweet Love before giving the audience Peggy Lee’s Fever, which was followed beautifully by Cocoa Tea’s Waiting in Vain. However, it would be her sassy cover of Aretha Franklin’s Respect that would have the audience wanting more.
Opening act, St Lucia-born guitarist Ronald Boo Hinkson took to the stage for soulful performances of More Over and Bruno Mars’ Versace on the Floor before giving the crowd a taste of creole as he delivered Aye Aye Aye Dou Dou to finish off his impressive solo set.
He was later joined by Irvin Ace Loctar for a powerful rendition of Spain before Alicia Yarde-Collins dazzled in both dress and vocals while performing a duet with Hinkson.
It was an evening well spent! (KH)