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Song, dance take City

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Song, dance take City

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City streets came alive with the sweet sounds of Christmas music thanks to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports.
A community concert last Monday evening in Jubilee Gardens not only entertained shoppers and commuters but highlighted lots of youthful talent in song, dance, instrumental music and drama. The acts included youngsters in uniform from some of our island’s primary schools.
Getting things off to a merry start were a group from the Lawrence T. Gay School with pieces for the season such as Never A Baby Like Jesus and Happy Birthday Jesus that saw these children singing their hearts out, some in Santa Claus hats, while others played tambourines.
Eight-year-old Dawndre Gooding bravely came onstage and sang the popular Christmas song Away In A Manger which she managed well on her own, much to the delight of the audience which included shoppers who stopped to listen on their way in and out of busy Bridgetown, and made way for 2008 Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner Quinn Belgrave, who used his smooth voice as he rendered the song We Are A Family.
One must not forget the renditions on the clarinet by young musician Romario Wilkinson who had no trouble blowing the crowd away with, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Ding Dong Merrily On?High and Jingle Bells as the supportive crowd sang along as he played.
Adding some variety to the evening were two female dancers from the Goodland New Testament Church, who used dance to minister with the popular inspirational song Take Me To The King.
Other performers were Sammy G, The Wesley Hall Choir and Aquila Lashley. This concert was the third and final one for the Christmas season. The other two were held at Silver Hill, Christ Church and Haynesville, St James. (RL)