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

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By DA­VAN­DRA BABB

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

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