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Entertainers reach out

Marc Hollingsworth

Entertainers reach out

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An appreciative audience spent last Sunday evening enjoying tributes in word and song to two entertainers presently faced with health and well-being challenges.
The Reach benefit concert for Irvin Fatman Weekes and Errol Malik Gooding featured performances by a who’s who in Barbadian entertainment from the likes of emcee Mac Fingall to spoken word poet Adrian Green.
The evening started off with visually impaired Juanita Paul-Gibbs and her rendition of Reach, which she dedicated to the men of the evening.
Following performances by gospel artist Paula Hinds, Adonijah, Tony Grazette, Sir Ruel, Pompey, Smokey Burke, Destroyer, Callender Girl and Black Pawn, to name a few.
Ace Dance Group gave a thrilling presentation to close the first half.
Fatman was the first of the duo to face the mic for the second half, singing a popular tune by Dennis Brown.
When Malik took his turn, he brought back memories of his unforgettable performance at the Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-finals with World Cup Cricket.
He made way for reigning Calypso Monarch Popsicle, followed by Red Plastic Bag, Edwin, Natahlee, Serenader, Rickey Aimey and the Boogie Nights Band and Soca Kartel.
Then it was time for “Tina Turner” and crew to do their thing.
The poetry of Adrian Green, the comedy of Trevor Eastmond, Carl Alff Padmore and KB Kleen, was also part of the seconf half.
Reach was produced by Doriel Skinner to help offset the cost of surgeries for both artistes, who are operating at reduced capacity after being involved in separate accidents.
Aimey was instrumental in organizing the musical component.