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Dance fever at NIFCA

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Dance fever at NIFCA

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ON A NIGHT when dance dominated the first of the LIME NIFCA Performing Arts Semifinals at Combermere, musical fusions brought an interesting twist last night.
Christine Carter, with her mixture of operatic singing and contemporary gospel styling, sent chills through the crowd with her ability to hit the highest of notes in the classic Via Dolorosa and How Great Thou Art.
Both numbers captured the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, and Carter, a graduate of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition, interpreted them with conviction to bring the small crowd to its feet.
A Fifth Of Beethoven, in the style of American instrumentalist Walter Murphy, was another interesting fusion. This was rendered on steelpan by Steffon Brathwaite, and proved to be a refreshing disco adaptation of some passages of the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Calypso and folk were also stirred into the fusion pot, this time by Pinelands Creative Workshop whose folk group rendered Hold On And Dance by Red Plastic Bag, and Ting Tong by Viper. It was a heart-warming tribute to two of the island’s leading proponents of calypso.
See more of Friday night’s action from the NIFCA stage in tomorrow’s SUNDAY SUN.