The annual series of lunchtime concerts put on by the Ministry of Education during Education Month got off to a good start this afternoon in the Food Court at Sky Mall.
Patrons at the mall took time out from their shopping and lunch breaks to take in some of the musical talent coming out of Barbados’ primary and secondary schools, with the performers in today’s concert hailing from some of the schools located close to the popular shopping facility.
Three pupils from the Luther Thorne Primary School performed Beautiful Barbados while twelve members of the Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary School sang My Help a cappella style.
Young Kenaz Bit Bit Walker, who is now building a reputation for himself in a variety of genres, truly touched the audience, including Minister of Youth Affairs Adrian Forde when he sang Amazing Grace without missing a beat.
Three students from the Springer Memorial Secondary School took the advice they got from yesterday’s Founders Day service at their school to “add to their school’s goodly heritage” with their classy solo performances. First-formers Crayshonda St. Hill and Sarai Gaskin did justice to No More Nights and Hallelujah respectively, while senior student Kaley Alexander’s strong alto voice was on point when she performed Little Me.
Weslon Samuels from Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, who was a crowd favourite last year, put his own spin on Lionel Richie’s Hello, and his two schoolmates, Rashad Boyce and Selwyn Sivers, handled themselves well with Tarrus Riley’s Don’t Come Back.
While taking in some of the action, Minister of Youth Affairs Adrian Forde was impressed with what he saw and gave a brief address in which he stated, “I see some great talent here, and since the Government of Barbados has committed to using the creative culture of our young people to take this nation forward, I urge you to keep on developing your skills, not only in music but in other areas of the creative arts as well.”