Mosaic VI last weekend recognized Harrisonians who have contributed to the expansion of Barbadian music locally and internationally.
The fundraising concert which is in its sixth year was held under the theme, Trailblazers and honoured not only those in the arts and entertainment industry but in several other spheres, including sports, business, medicine, politics, and academia.
The opening night included a slew of artistes who were Harrison College alumni or “honorary” Harrisonians.
The audience rocked with Adonijah as he belted out his 1981 Road Monarch hit, Ethiopia Rock and his 1985 Barbadian classic Woman, during his tribute to the first group of females to graduate from the Crumpton Street, St Michael educational institution. During his tribute to the recently deceased Lord Kitchener, Adonijah received a standing ovation. His performance, in which he was accompanied by talented pannist ZiggE, brought down the house.
One of the highlights of the night was the Kolij bandstand. Accompanied by the Mosaic Band that was led by John Roett, past, and present students graced the stage to perform rearranged songs that were either sang, written or produced by Harrisonians.
Raanann Hackett kicked off the bandstand with a feel-good song about togetherness. His rendition of Caribbean Unity put the crowd in a good mood and he aptly followed with Akyem Barrow’s version of Rupee’s Ice Cream.
Dionne and Nicholas Timothy romanced with their performance of We’re Not Friends Anymore (We’re Lovers) by The Brothers of Barbados.
Rhea Layne also brought a burst of energy with her performance of Come with It and Time is Right Now; while Mequissa Baptiste astonished the audience with her stunning vocals in I Feel Better.
There were also performances from Adrian Clarke, Alix Cage, Don Hendricks, Komi Barrow, Tavia Drakes and The Sandbox Three.
The Harrison College School Choir and the Harrison College Pop Band also led the show. The pop ensemble, which compromised a mix of junior and senior musicians, kept the crowd entertained with an eclectic mix of popular pop and R&B songs.
During the concert, the first cohort of girls to enter the school—Esther Harris-Brown, Faye Thorpe, Harriette Blackman, Julie Williams, Marcia Stuart, Yolanda Alleyne, Vikki King, Tessa Chaderton and Roseanne Myers—were recognized as trailblazers by principal Juanita Wade.