From gospel and spoken word, to soca and dances soaked in spouge, there was something for every artistic taste during the cultural show at the Open Day and Cultural Extravaganza.
The two-hour treat featured the talents of past and present students of the UWI Cave Hill Campus, some of whom graduated more than two decades ago. Musical acts were backed by the Extravaganza Band, which comprised alumni from across various faculties. They included bandleader Andre Daniel, keyboardist Paul Forde, drummer Chad Greaves, bass guitarist Chris Clarke, and background vocalists Cassandra Odle and Carla Dottin. Angelo Lascelles was the emcee for the event.
Gospel artiste Mya Daniel got the afternoon of performances off to a heavenly start with a rendition of How Great Thou Art. The lawyer had the audience holding on to every note of the popular hymn.
Nicole Nicovia Graham’s Tek Ova was also well received. The original, upbeat gospel song got the crowd moving to its inspirational words. Faith Callender also brought positive vibes to the stage, performing her Crop Over 2018 tune, Give Thanks.
Spoken word artiste and Cultural Studies postgraduate student, Adrian Green emphasized Art is Hard Work to those under the Big Tent. Through his rhythmic wordplay, the multi-award winning cultural practitioner cautioned against seeing the arts as just a hobby. Meanwhile, Levi King’s In Sight was a thought-provoking, inspiring call to action on changing mindsets on the status quo in Barbados.
Carl Alff Padmore used his time on stage to open up about his recent weight loss journey, catalyzed by health concerns raised by his doctor.
Drama and English teacher Shellaine Bourne had the audience in stitches – especially the ladies – as she recounted the horrors, pains and mishaps of ‘trying to look pretty’ in Look Muh Hey. She took stock of all the forms of ‘torture’ women were expected to endure in the name of beauty such as corsets, hair straighteners, braids and high heels.
Jabari Browne and his Pen Drop freestyle flow brought a fresh vibe to the line-up. He has certainly stamped his name as one to watch.
There were also several riveting dance performances, coordinated by renowned dance practitioner Jennifer Sealy. Shea Best’s Tribute to Spouge was a fitting number for the month of Independence, and as an added treat, featured original members of the University Dance Society.
Orchid Movement, choreographed by Olivia Hall, was carried by the sounds of tuk and the movements of Barbados’ treasured Landship. Shari Pollard and troupe reminded of Something Greater to the strains of Edwin Yearwood’s evergreen track.
Yannick Hooper’s Top Rock and Natalie Burke’s Colours ended the show on a festive, patriotic high. Burke was accompanied by dancers from Dancin’ Africa for her show-stopping performance, which brought the audience to their feet. (PR)