Sis­ter­hood’s Jazz Sam­pler Turns Five!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Natalie La Porte

In 2006’s in­tox­i­cat­ing ‘Dream­girls’ three tal­ented, spritely young women belt out a stir­ring num­ber to their smit­ten au­di­ence. The song of the same name sought to im­press upon their au­di­ence the fact that the fan­tasies of their male ad­mir­ers were about to come true—and last for­ever. The charm and fem­i­nin­ity with which the singers de­liv­ered their mes­sage made it im­pos­si­ble for me not to be­lieve them, de­spite the op­po­si­tion of my gen­der. Stan­dards like that re­ver­ber­ate through time, through our very be­ings, caus­ing us to be­lieve in some­thing higher than our­selves.

Last Satur­day even­ing I watched the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre come alive with the ex­cit­ing ap­pear­ance on­stage of Sis­ter­hood (Ch­eryl Pit­cairn, Ly­dia Theobalds, Davis Felix and Mineva Ross). Formed in 2012, the group had lost none of its vi­tal­ity, its abil­ity from their first har­mo­nized note to lift the roof of the venue. The re­ac­tion from the floor proved I was not the only im­pressed mem­ber of the au­di­ence. Sex­ily clad in fire-en­gine red and drip­ping bling, they soon let it be known that the col­lec­tive plan was grab and keep their au­di­ence trans­fixed, ex­cited and in­sa­tiable. Their open­ing num­bers at St. Lu­cia’s Jazz Sam­pler, now in its fifth year, took me back to that six­ties place por­trayed in ‘Dream­girls’. The most re­cep­tive au­di­ence that in­cluded some of Saint Lu­cia’s best-known names and faces, ev­i­dently were de­ter­mined to make their own fash­ion state­ments. You could say they gave back as much as they re­ceived. Ex­cept at in­ter­mis­sion time, they never left their seats while par­ty­ing as if this were, well, 1969. And with good rea­son!

On the card were light­ning- fast co­me­di­ans and the even­ing’s MCs Carl­ton “Cokes” Cyril and Trinida­dian-born (soon to be Looshan) Er­rol Fa­bien (the au­di­ence thor­oughly lapped up for the sec­ond year the show’s Mas­ters and Ap­pren­tices theme); Aim­ron Sim­mons and Krys­tal Nestor; Rob “Zi” Tay­lor and Phy­ness; Deredee Wil­liams, who re­ceived the well-mer­ited Life­time Achieve­ment Award; her “ap­pren­tice” Deanna Phillip; ef­fer­ves­cent Trevor Dor­nelly and a mes­mer­iz­ing TC Brown, who brought us all back to his pre-ca­lypso days. Those who en­tered the venue with doubts about love surely had a change of heart af­ter lis­ten­ing to TC. (I al­most for­got to men­tion the whole night was built around LOVE! Can you be­lieve it in­cluded a sur­prise mar­riage pro­posal? Cokes and Er­rol per­suaded Trevor—mid­way through Lionel Ritchie’s Lady— to start all over gain, to al­low him the op­por­tu­nity to pub­licly prom­ise his own lady his lim­it­less de­vo­tion. Be­fore that, Rick Wayne (you read that right) de­liv­ered Elvis’s ‘Can’t Help Fall­ing In Love’ so that Mineva might dance in pub­lic with her favourite mar­ried man (who is also her beloved fa­ther). Yep, it doesn’t get bet­ter than that!

Thank you Sis­ter­hood for en­ter­tain­ing our fan­tasies, if only for four hours. See you next time!

Sis­ter­hood (left to right): Ch­eryl Pit­cairn, Ly­dia Theobalds, Davis Felix and Mineva Ross.

The ladies came out in full force at this year’s Jazz Sam­pler.

Star Pub­lisher Rick Wayne brought the house down with his ren­di­tion of Elvis’s ‘Can’t Help Fall­ing In Love’.

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