An Evening Of Embracing Differences was the theme for the Barbados Special Olympics team as they hosted a concert on Sunday evening in the Combermere School Hall, showcasing their talents in song, dance and drama.
The evening started with a prayer by special athlete Patrick Hinds, which would soon be followed by Jamie De Peiza rendering When I Call On Jesus and I Look To You –– pieces that were very pleasing to the ear.
The Haynesville Youth Group also showed the crowd what they were capable of: two well-choreographed and executed dances –– a most enjoyable sight. Guitarist Andrew Dey sang Imagine and No Woman No Cry by John Lennon and Bob Marley respectively, and the special athletes wrapped up the first half of the concert with a dance medley that kept the audience craving for more.
As the second half began, you could sense the high expectation of the audience –– the anxiety over the next performance –– and the special athletes did not disappoint. They came out in their dance wear, line-dancing to Vibes Cyan Done by Machel Montano, then followed it up with some graceful Latin steps.
After another dance by the Haynesville Youth Group, the special athletes were back singing What A Beautiful World by Louis Armstrong.
However, the vibe in the Comberemere School Hall was changed completely when the young rising band Revolution from Parkinson Secondary School took the stage. They performed several popular reggae songs and refreshed the minds of the audience with Crop Over 2013 hits, moving the special athletes and members of the audience to their feet.
The highlight of the evening was a unique combination of the band and the Special Olympics group when they offered the audience with the all-time great reggae hit by the legendary Bob Marley –– One Love.
No one sat; everyone instead dancing and singing with the band and special athletes.
It was also a memorable occasion for the parents of these special athletes, who has they left the hall could be seen hugging and kissing their charges, showing how proud they were of them.
The night’s concert was preceded by dinner. (CG)