Taste of talent

Ria Borman


Some of the best in local entertainment was on show today at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Participants of the second biennial Barbados Network Conference, which officially got underway this morning, were treated to a variety of performances from Ria Borman, Blak Kla’ Soyl, Kirk Brown, James Slim Jim Leacock, Amanda Cummins, Danse Nationale Afrique, Biggie Irie and Blood.

Fashions by Shakad Designs, Kesia Estwick and Alexis Campbell rocked the stage and the applause from the audience showed how much they appreciated the local designs.

During the opening ceremony, which was addressed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean, two Cuban young women of Barbadian descent also entertained the audience today through an instrumental performance.

Jeisyl Martinez Castillo and her sister, Jemma Mirtha Rivas Castillo, two acclaimed flautists, mesmerised those in attendance with their skillful and dynamic rendition of a Barbadian folk number, accompanied on pan by local boy, Mark Forde.

Locally based dancer Rene Blackman and classically-trained soprano Amanda Fields, also performed. (DS)

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