They made us smile
YEAR IN REVIEW As 2017 draws to a close, one cannot help but reflect on the year that was and all it had to offer. There were highs, lows, achievements and disappointments. The achievements, though, were many, across all sectors. Some cannot go without a
OUR HOME GIRL, international superstar Rihanna, again had a phenomenal year. She made a huge leap into the world of make-up and, from all reports, she’s now a leading lady.
Her line, Fenty Beauty, was created so women of all shades could feel included and judging from the US$72 million in media value after just the first month,
it seems to be doing just that. The foundations, especially the darker shades, are quite hard to grab as they disappear off the shelves as fast as they are put out. And the Trophy Wife highlighter has women all over the world walking around shining brighter than diamonds.
During our 51st celebration of Independence, Rihanna was celebrated in a major way, having her childhood neighbourhood in Westbury Road named after her. In her speech, she encouraged everyone to have the courage to follow their dreams no matter how big they were.
Staying on the music scene, young Trinity Clarke made a huge mark this year and showed why she’s one to watch for the future. She won both the junior and senior categories of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition.
One of her prizes was to perform for Rihanna at her street-renaming function and she impressed there as well. Clarke may be young in age, but she has a huge voice and once she is nurtured well, will go quite far.
Edwin Yearwood, a veteran in the music industry, also made several headlines this year after creating quite a stir during Crop Over 2017. After more than a decade away from the Pic O De Crop competition, De General returned with a bang. His two offerings, Taxi and Beggar, were gems and earned him second place in the competition. It was truly a joy to see him back in social commentary after years of dominating the Party Monarch and later the Sweet Soca competitions. Job well done, Edwin!
Another person deserving of a standing ovation for
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his work in 2017 is Pastor John Yarde, who released his debut album 1st John during the summer, which has been doing well. A few months later, he was back with his single, A Caribbean Christmas, and had the whole of Barbados and beyond singing: Oh oh oh we want to wish you a Merry Christmas. The radio stations have continued to blaze it and we look forward to more great music from him.
Bandleader and designer Kevin Small also had a whirlwind of a year. Yes, there was some controversy, but he took it all in stride. He was bandleader of the year in both Junior and Grand Kadooment and drove away with a smashing new Kia for his work.
In the cultural sector, the groups were not to be left out and also left their mark on 2017.
Riddim Tribe, a group made up of young dancers led by Aisha Comissiong, was absolutely phenomenal. You name the genre and they will come up with a dance to suit. You could be sure to see them on any Crop Over stage, but the highlight of their year would have to be performing on The Wendy Williams Show, as part of a collaboration with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. It was a thrill to see them representing the Bajan flag on international television.
2 Mile Hill also had the opportunity to take their talent to the international stage. They performed at an after-party for the Brooklyn Nets following an NBA basketball game. Earlier that night, the band’s lead singer Mahalia sang the US national anthem at the start of the game. On the local scene, they have also been doing great things at their annual concert series Mahalia’s Corner, and the 2017 edition was definitely one of the best series yet.
Kudos must also go to the lovely Miss Universe Barbados 2017 Lesley Champman-andrews. After realising her dream of representing her country at the Miss Universe competition in November, she carried herself with poise and was a hit on social media with the changing hairstyles and outfits, each creating a different look.
Staying with beauty, Zoe Allamby should also be congratulated for launching her own highlighter, Zoglow. The young Barbadian, who resides in Miami, also has a very popular Youtube channel Caribbeauty where she talks about all things beauty and often highlights her hometown Barbados.
In the sporting arena, there was a lot to celebrate as well.
Darian King’s journey to the US Open still has us all a bit teary-eyed. While he did not make it past the first round, his performance was still quite extraordinary and should be commended.
Also worthy of mention would be Shane Brathwaithe making the final of the IAAF World Championships in the 110-metre hurdles. Multi-eventer Aaron Worrell warmed our hearts with an emphatic come-from-behind gold medal win in the octathalon at CARIFTA Games. Barbadians also screamed themselves hoarse when the 4x100m relay team of Mario Burke, Ramon Gittens, Nicholas Deshong and Burkheart Ellis Jr won a silver medal at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas.
Last, but by no means least, congratulations must