Sweet time in town
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.