It was a fantastic Friday for both the Barbados Tourism Management Inc (BTMI) and the Barbados Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) when they staged their first ever Island Jam House Party last weekend.
The session, hosted by Kirk Brown, was a showcase of talent as viewers were treated to fine culinary skills and exciting entertainment. It was broadcast on Kirk Brown’s Instagram page and held at Capital Media in Limegrove, St James.
Hospitality workers and key players in the tourism sector were saluted throughout the night for their contribution to Barbadian development. The timing was perfect to lift spirits and boost morale as the sector has been hardest hit by the current COVID-19 crisis.
Hotels such as Marriott and DiviSouthwinds were logged on and Kirk acknowledged them. A Marriott manager said the period was an extremely challenging one, but she was confident the sector would bounce back when business restarts.
Manager of the culinary team, Henderson Butcher, served up an interesting indigenous dish. As he said, he was “repurposing” cou cou that he had prepared earlier. He made fried cou cou cakes and stacked and presented them with saltfish and tomato sauce.
Top mixologist Ryan Adamson created a cocktail called Iza Bajan. His cocktail included Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Grapefruit Juice, Claytons Kola Tonic, Ginger Syrup, Banks Beer and Nutmeg. He explained that the technique and ingredients used produced “layers of flavour”.
Lone female entertainer for the night, Faith Callender, fittingly started her set with Liquor and ended with All Night Long.
Her mentor, Mr Blood, performed after her. His session was filled with 2020 new releases which will be featured on his new album which he promised will be released Friday.
iWeb too gave viewers and listeners one of his 2020 releases called Love In The Fete. Prior to ending with that, he sang Big Up and Best in Me.
Hypasounds followed suit as well by starting his session with his recently released song Come Nuh. Favourites Fair Sa and Dip were also part of the set. He gave special thanks to BTMI for their continued support of him and their commitment again this year to his Soca For Her event, although it won’t come off due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
RPB fittingly blessed the night of fun, food and entertainment with his I Am Alive while reigning Soca Monarch Mikey performed We Loose and Feting Family.
Kirk Brown, who continually hinted that the event may be the first of others, did a great job keeping the tempo lively. Six goodie bags were given away to lucky viewers throughout the night. DJ Stress, who kept the vibe going in between the live acts, must be commended for providing 100 per cent Bajan music for the duration of the broadcast. (IMC)