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Mahalia’s back with a bang!

The ever-popular Mahalia’s Corner is back –– and with a bang! New venue and all!

Full house for the opening of Mahalia’s Corner.

Full house for the opening of Mahalia’s Corner.

The show, featuring the band NexCyx, premiered last Sunday night at the Hilton Barbados Resort to a full house that was treated to a two-and-a-half-hour-long showcase of talented singers, musicians and spoken word artists.

NexCyx started the night off, not with their usual full-band sound, but with the acoustic tone that marks a Mahalia’s Corner set. They treated the crowd to familiar favourites like Lauryn Hill’s Ready Or Not and their own hit Nightclub Superheroes.

This year the Corner introduced a new surprise Spotlight Artiste segment. The first spotlight was on singer Quissa who, by her performance, is well on her way to becoming a pro. Her renditions of Brave by Moriah Peters and What Love Really Means by JJ Heller made the audience sit up and take notice.

Spotlight artiste Quissa.

Spotlight artiste Quissa.

The Open Mic segment did not disappoint. Spoken word artists Daveny Ellis, Marcus Myers and Kirk Humphrey entertained with their witty verses, enthralling the audience. Newcomers Ieishia Browne, Andre Orlando and Kevin Milano also braved the mic, singing individual songs, accompanied by members of the band NexCyx.

The show ended on a high note with featured artiste Nikita, who came out confidently in a flowing maroon, two-piece ensemble, complete with tribal chest tattoo. It was refreshing to hear her flex her vocals on the non-traditional songs like Stimela and I Care, reminding patrons of the power behind the voice that had now become known for soca hits.

She didn’t leave out her soca fans, though, giving a cover of Destra’s Lucy and her Crop Over 2015 hit Tequila that had the crowd cheering and rocking in their seats.

The next show takes place this Sunday at the Hilton with featured artiste Edwin Yearwood.

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