Musical excellence

Harrison College students, past and present, treated the public to a weekend of musical excellence at the fourth edition of Mosaic, the school’s annual fund-raising concert.

Saturday night’s performances included the Harrison College School Orchestra, Jessica Kodilinye, Raanan Hackett, Harrison College School Choir, Harmoni Haynes, Harrison College Pop Band, Cover Drive and local artiste Quissa.

Harrison College Choir performing one of their selections.
Cover Drive’s lead singer Amanda.

International band Cover Drive thoroughly entertained the crowd with their set which included their ever popular Twilight.

Quissa also thrilled with her rendition of Emmerton and was also joined on stage by the maestro himself, Gabby, making for quite a fantastic night.

Quissa and Gabby singing his hit Emmerton.

On Sunday, local songstress Rosemary Phillips opened the evening accompanied by the Mosaic Big Band with her rendition of Dean Martin’s Sway, followed by Peggy Lee’s Fever and Shirley Bassey’s Big Spender.

She concluded her performance with Adele’s Skyfall, a tribute to UK singer’s musical director, Barbadian Miles Robertson, the son of the late musician Janice Millington who taught music for many years at Harrison College.

The evening segued into calypso, with Kaison in Kolij, featuring five veterans whom the Masters of Ceremonies referred to as the school’s ‘vernacular intellectuals’.

Black Pawn delivered his 80s hit Visions, followed by PJ with his ever popular Bajan Love Song. Next up was former Calypso monarch Kid Site, with Too Malicious and Dangerous, and his 2005 hit Only bout Hey.

Kid Site’s Too Malicious and Dangerous was a hit.

Adonijah captivated the audience with his 2015 release Blues and his 1985 tribute to women, Woman. Poonka ended the Kaiso segment with the witty Dialect and Roots.

Adonijah dominated the stage on Sunday night.

The evening would not have been complete without a tribute to the late Adrian Boo Husbands, who was a founding member of the Mosaic Concert Committee. Karl Froggy Smith performed Boo’s Scratch Grain, accompanied by five students on guitar, violin and drum.

Veteran entertainer Smokey Burke thrilled the crowd with several of his hits, including 2004’s Why I sing Calypso, Tell Her I’m Sorry and Bye Bye Love. He was joined on stage by Betty Griffith Payne for Get it Together. Burke later told Bajan Vibes he was pleased with the public’s support for the production.

Smokey Burke and Betty Payne thrilled the audience.

2 Mile Hill brought the curtains down on Mosaic IV with Peter Ram’s 2016 Crop Over hit Good Morning, and Trinidadian Voice’s Far from Finished, as well as their own pieces, Billion Dollars, It’s Over, Set You Free and Let it go.

Mahalia of 2 Mile Hill.

The concert was held under the patronage of Sir Trevor Carmichael. Overall, organizers as well as members of the audience declared the evening a huge success.

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