by Katrina King
It was a night of sultry music at the Frank Collymore Hall last Sunday for the 2018 showcase of Walkin’ in My Own Shoes. The yearly exhibition, presented by East Point Productions Inc., provides a platform for its students and supporters to show off their vocal abilities while at the same time raising much needed funds for the various programs being put on by the organization.
The night of jazz featured two distinctive Acts; the first Act comprised 4 sections including Sun Rise, Mid-Morning, Lunchtime and Afternoon. Each of these parts had specific accompanying music suited to the themes on display, whether it was the uplifting song I believe I Can Fly sung by Kyle Ward in the Sun Rise section, or the soulful My Way performed by Isaac Moore Forte
The sheer number of youngsters on stage was commendable at the very least, with many pieces such as John King’s well-known ballad How Many More, being performed by five persons. Also worth noting – most of the performances involved a lot of acting and drew on the personality of the performers. For me, Walkin’ in My Own Shoes was the epitome of this. Since numerous songs were performed on the night, it might be easy to assume that the renditions would have become redundant after a while, but not at all in this case. Each performer made every single piece one of their own, and because of that, the audience responded in kind and showed their great enjoyment.
Special mention must be made of Amma Small and Ciara Brathwaite’s rendition of Better When I’m Dancing which was a big hit with the crowd which enjoyed not only the song, but the current and funny dance moves that accompanied it. Love isn’t Easy by Chania Coombs, with her big vocals that sweetly complimented her evening attire, was also a treat.
Act 2 after the intermission featured the songbird herself, Kellie Cadogan. The vocalist was supported by Andre Forde on drums, Neil Newton on bass, Stefan Walcott on keyboard, and Romaro Greaves on the tenor sax and flute. For her big role in Act 2, it was fitting that this entire section was called “The Kellie Cadogan Experience”. Almost every selection performed was an original work of her own, with Dr Stefan Walcott handling the arrangements.
Kellie is, of course, no stranger to the music circuit here in Barbados, but nothing could have prepared the audience for the spectacle they were about to witness. With songs such as ‘Don’t Panic’ and I Wanna Sing A Song, she effortlessly displayed the control and passion she has with her voice; it was simply, beautiful. Riddim Tribe, Red Plastic Bag, joined her for specific selections, but in the end, Kellie was the main act on stage for this latter half, and she certainly had fun with her pieces.