The crowd brought chairs and blankets. (AM)
NINETEEN entertainers painted the Drill Hall Range red and white at Love Poetry and Song last weekend.
The soulful singing of calypsonians Biggie Irie, the nostalgia of MrBlood and the skill of steel band Mosaic stood out and stole the hearts of everyone.
The annual fundraiser, organised by the Barbados Government Information Service, benefits the HIV/AIDS Food Bank.
The event which began just after 6 p.m. featured performances from Red Plastic Bag, Jamal Slocombe, Ki’ann Browne, Jaeesha Samuel, Allison Norville-Forde and spoken word artiste Akeem in the first half.
Mosaic had many patrons seated in folding chairs or on beach towels screaming: “We want more!” They didn’t get their hearts’ desires at that point though.
The band led by Zig E Walcott had a separate stage, and they made the most of it as they played tunes such as Voices’ Cheers to Life and then transitioned into Peter Ram’s All Ah We. – They were impressive.
Mosaic was impressive with their pan renditions.
The party really began after 10 p.m. when MrBlood stormed the stage. He not only came to fix pipes but also to warm hearts and that he did with the Square One hit Turn It Around (The Plumber).
By the end of this 90s hit, he had many begging for an encore and he obliged adding the infectious Roll It to his set.
Spoken word artiste Daveney Ellis delivered a spicy six-minute message in celebration of the black woman in the second half. He had all ears.
Joaquin performed Vice Versa Love and This Place. As always Ch’An impressed vocally with her original sultry song Body, How Deep Is Your Love and I Wanna Love You.
Biggie Irie was the man of the hour in more ways than one as he celebrated his 52nd birthday. He made sure no one wanted to go home after the four-hour show. So it was only fitting that he ended with his hits Cyan Be Over and Nah Going Home
He sang Ten Tons of Love, which had everyone singing along and a reggae medley which included Buju Banton’s Driver, Justin Beiber’s Sorry and Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me. (TSG)