Frank Collymore Hall came alive on Sunday night with a combination of sweet singing, drumming, and a touch of dancing. It was the night that the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Performing Arts Finals, Digicel Music Night, was held.
The scores that flocked to the venue to witness the performances by school children and adults, who delivered their best performances for the judges, went home contented that they got their monies worth.
Frederick Smith School Steel Orchestra kicked off the night with a lively rendition of Full Vibe. The sweet sounds of the pan set the pace for the performances that followed. Eighteen-year-old gospel singer, Cherece Richards, delivered a powerful rendition of an original piece titled Here Right Now in the first half, and did it again in the second half with Never Enough. The audience listened attentively to The Ellerslie Choir’s rendition of Blessings and Honour and Happy.
The violists who made up the Angel Stringz group struck the right chords as they played the theme song from the Godfather.
There were lots of hand and foot movements when the Haynesville Youth Club took to the stage with Voices N Rhythms. Elementz of Symphony touched those in attendance with a beautiful rendition of His Eye is On the Sparrow. Drayann Cadogan was on point when she sang the popular song I Look to You. And violist Leandro Lane got a little deep when he played Forbidden in the first half and Holy Breath in the second.
But, when the powerful, award winning Coleridge & Parry Choir rendered Go to Sleep Baby, Go Sleep, the audience cheered and clapped loudly. The atmosphere was pretty much the same when the choir from the north delivered Millie Gone to the Brazil.
The Barbados Cadet Corps Band started the second half of the night with Hallelujah and Accolade. The high pace set by the band was continued with a sweet delivery of Pokarekare Ana, from a duet from two Coleridge and Parry students.
Frederick Smith student, Theres Lambert, did a good job as she sang her original titled Weirdo. Pannist Krystal Cole clearly had a good time on stage, as she moved not only her hands, but also her entire body, while playing Despacito and Feting Family. Cole’s pace was continued with a performance from the Israel Lovell Foundation. The drumming, singing and dancing by the group, as they performed The Connection, ended the night on a high note. All should be proud of their performances. (AH)