Sweet time in town

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THE SOUND OF SWEET, live, fes­tive mu­sic filled the air in and around In­de­pen­dence Square, draw­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple who an­swered the call to Come Town Fuh Christ­mas.

It was a fan­tas­tic show hosted by the Na­tional Cul­tural Foun­da­tion and the Bar­ba­dos Tourism Prod­uct Au­thor­ity, one in which the au­di­ence was treated to five de­light­ful mini con­certs, start­ing with Ruk-a-tuk In­ter­na­tional and Phoenix Pan Round The Neck Steel Band, which pro­vided pre-show mu­sic. It ended with the scin­til­lat­ing Nicholas Brancker Band suc­cess­fully fus­ing the spir­its of Christ­mas and

Crop Over for about 90 min­utes.

Young singers Har­mony sang Silent Night and Mary Did

You Know; The Magic Of Christ­mas Day and O Holy Night were Tavon Boyce’s choices; Chereece Richards ren­dered Do You Hear What I Hear and Give Love On Christ­mas Day; Kris­to­jay

Paul sang O Holy Night. MR BLOOD did It’s The Most Won­der­ful Time Of The Year, Chil­dren Go Where I Send

Thee, Ca­lypso Christ­mas, plus a Joseph Niles med­ley.

He did not let the rain that started dur­ing his per­for­mance stop his joy­ous mood – nor did the peo­ple with­out um­brel­las who were forced to seek shel­ter.

Even though some of them who were soaked left, oth­ers re­mained shel­tered un­til the sky was clear. The lights hang­ing from the Christ­mas trees in Na­tional He­roes Square, those across from the Trea­sury Build­ing, and the Par­lia­ment Build­ings aglow in red and green, cre­ated the right back­drop for the mu­sic that was be­ing served.

Gospel band Prom­ise head­lined the third mini con­cert. Fea­tur­ing vo­cal­ists Shel­don Hope, Tavia Drakes, and An­drea Chase, their en­joy­able per­for­mances in­cluded the 1985 song by sev­eral Bar­ba­dian artistes,

This Christ­mas, John King’s

Put Christ In Your Christ­mas, May Christ­mas Bring You Hap­pi­ness, Great­est Gift Of All, and Parang Parang.

They were fol­lowed by

2 Mile Hill, who served a morsel of what is Ma­halia’s Cor­ner, with a set of seven songs, in­clud­ing their own

We Don’t Have Snow and

Let It Go. Their mini con­cert, the fourth, was awe­some as they kept the hol­i­day vibe with What Child Is This, Gee Whiz It’s Christ­mas and

Soul Hol­i­days with James Lea­cock.

The fi­nal act for the night was the

Nicholas Brancker Band, which thrilled with clas­sic Christ­mas hymns and songs that blended eas­ily with other gen­res, such as jazz, soca, and reg­gae.

O Come All Ye Faith­ful, We Three Kings, and Hark The Her­ald An­gels Sing were on their list, but the per­for­mances were the ic­ing on the cake. Bumba sang Why Can’t This Christ­mas Feel­ing Go On, which peo­ple thor­oughly en­joyed; Natahlee did Carolling, with peo­ple singing along lustily; and Ed­win Year­wood brought the party af­ter singing No Christ­mas With­out You. Be­fore he sang one note, though, women were scream­ing.

They screamed even louder when Brancker said Year­wood did a “short med­ley of three or four songs”. Peo­ple danced in front of the stage to Pump Me Up, Sweat­ing, Wet Me, and All Aboard.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bet­ter Big­gie Irie sang Gather Round

The Christ­mas Tree and

Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy, with

Natahlee’s chant­ing sound­ing so good peo­ple cheered dur­ing and af­ter. Af­ter­wards, Red Plas­tic Bag sang his clas­sic Maizie and I Am Alive, which kept peo­ple singing and danc­ing.

He brought the con­cert to a rock­ing close at 10:30 p.m. af­ter per­form­ing the pop­u­lar

Boat Ride. (GBM)

THE AU­DI­ENCE was ap­pre­cia­tive and en­thu­si­atic at the free con­cert.

TAVON BOYCE con­tin­ues to im­press.

FROM LEFT: Justin Baird, Kevin Lynch, Ro­maro Greaves and Nicholas Brancker get­ting into the groove.

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