Sweet-tasting Bajan Brew

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 12 November 2012

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Lights, cameras, actors and singers were present Friday last week at the Sagicor Life Inc. Bajan Folk Brew cultural event in National Heroes Square. After the switch was flicked in the annual Lighting Ceremony, the sizeable audience was treated to a potpourri of drama, singing, poetry and dance. Emcee Rudolph Sandiford was excellent as he came out dressed as popular characters like Rev. Reginald Barrow, Sam Lord and King Dyall to introduce the acts. The Silvertones Of Barbados did a medley of traditional and Negro spirituals in honour of Joseph Niles. Then there was the Combined Folk Chorale made up of Sing Out Barbados, Pinelands Creative Group and others doing traditional and contemporary folk songs and even a medley of 2012 calypso offerings. The Israel Lovell dancers were energetic in their storytelling routines. Jamal Brathwaithe performed a piece that warned people about deviant behaviour and how it is mashing up society. He was followed by reggae artiste Fantom Dundeal, and Crimeson had old and young up out of their seats – many knew the words to his tongue-in-cheek tunes. Tony Grazette and Adrian AC Clarke did a spouge medley, then exited the stage to make way for Party Monarch Mikey who closed the show with his hits, among them I In Dat, We Loose and No Behaveya – complete with fireworks. Parish Ambassadors were introduced to the audience throughout the night. (NS)

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