THE SHOWCASES of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) ended on a musical note at Frank Collymore Hall last Sunday night.
Musicians and singers converged at the Hall to deliver a splendid and flawless show to a relatively packed audience. But, the patrons were not the only reason the musicians and singers created symphonies and melodies; judges were also their target audience.
Under the watchful eyes of the judges and music lovers, over 20 contestants played violins, moved their fingers across the keys of pianos, and sang solo’s as many fought for the James Millington Music Award.
When the students of Arthur Smith Primary delivered their version of This Is What We Do, not only were members of the audience driven to cheer throughout and after their presentation, but master of ceremonies Margaret Allman Goddard was also left wondering what would be Burke’s reaction if she had seen the students performing her song.
Ignatius Byer and their Don’t Forget Bim were also memorable. The students knocked all of those Barbadians who “bypass Independence” and start celebrating Christmas in November.
As they waved flags, the students pleaded with Barbadian’s not to forget something as important as Independence to our nation.
As Leandro Layne played A Whisper on violin, it was as though the strings were connected to his heart. And Nikita Vaugh and Dario Brewster touched the right keys on the piano as they teamed up for Symphony No.5 In C Minor. (AH)