A celebration of Barbadian musical excellence continued Friday evening with another staging of NIFCA Music in the Square. It was the third installment in the concert series, which takes place every Friday in the month of November.
The showcase delivered a taste of our culture to the heart of the city. Though the Golden Square Freedom Park is located on the periphery of the business hub, it is serene and it was easy to get lost in the high quality of music displayed by a selection of the island’s budding entertainers.
The repertoire of the youthful cast was primarily focused on local music and the evening opened with Calvary YPS Steel Orchestra. Their eclectic set included RPB’s Boat Ride, a lovely arrangement of Philip 7’s Beautiful Surprise and the patriotic This is Who We Are.
There was an excellent exhibition by skilled vocalists, and some of whom were familiar faces from the ranks of the Junior Monarch competition. Among them were Joshua Osbourne who was exceptional with his delivery of Shirley Stewart’s Walk Away from Love and Emari Browne who was excellent in his presentation of John King’s How Many More.
These young creatives are committed to their craft and many of them have pursued tertiary education in their respective artforms. Among them were vocalist Jeliah Boyce singing Wendy Alleyne’s I Have a Thing About You and the original piece This Thing Called Love and Dana Oliver who performed Man Down by Rihanna.
It was evident that the youthful cast had devoted time to perfecting their presentation. The Lester Vaughan choir was impactful as they energetically danced their way onto the stage. They never stopped moving throughout their set and maintained that same high energy level even as they departed. Ignatius Byer Primary School Choir too had fun on stage with their original Mask Song and had all the antics for the lyrics as they presented a medley of folk songs.
Also making an appearance was the All Saints Primary School Choir who started with Rihanna’s latest release Lift Me Up and added some spice to their presentation incorporating Marzville’s Bang Bim into their folk song medley. Grantley Adams School Choir was not to be left out with RPB’s Hallelujah.
The evening was characterised with musicians putting their own spin on some classics. Keyboardist Machaio Carter highlighted his showmanship adding some jazz flavour to Edwin Yearwood’s Pump Me Up while guitarist Tristan Haynes added a rock edge to Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy and Ella Fitzgerald’s Summertime. Fellow instrumentalist Josiah Haynes let his bass do the talking, selecting music arrangements popularised by Nicholas Brancker and Arturo Tappin.Violinist Tayte Waterman rendition of Mark Lord’s My Country was simply breath-taking.
The St Leonard’s Boys School Pop Band gave a great showing of themselves, and their clarinet player was a standout. The line-up included Harmoni Haynes singing Shontelle Layne’s Impossible , Drayann Cadogan Reid with the spouge infused Killing Me Softly and Aleisha Husbands singing Hello There Baby made popular by Carlyn Leacock .The final performer for the evening was saxophonist Kymani Gilkes who was suave with his medley of Barbadian hits.
The master of ceremony duties were shared by Zara Clarke, Antwone Holder, Devari Springer-Lewis and Aleezah-Jane McCarthy, who brought their own style to the role.
The evening closed with the musical selections of DJ Bouncer. (STT)