Entertaining night at Pelican

Pelican Craft Centre was transformed into a Caribbean spectacle on Tuesday night when it served as the venue for the fringe CARIFESTA event, dubbed Jazz Night

Organized by Dawn Lisa Smith and Jalisa Cadogan in conjunction with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, the event started on time. The only hiccup was the inability of Bermuda’s contingent to attend due to them being double booked.

Altogether, it was an enjoyable night out. Local singing sensation, Tabitha Johnson and her guitarist Russel Padmore, had an enjoyable over one hour long set. They performed popular hits such as Diamonds by Rihanna and Far From Finished by Voice.

It was the performance of Chandlier by Sia that stunned the audience as Johnson did her jazz interpretation of the song whilst hitting some powerful notes. The song not only showed her vocal ability but also that she can sing across many genres.

Johnson also encouraged the audience to sing along to These Streets by Tanya Stephens, Roll by Soca Queen Alison Hinds, Know De Face by Damien Marvay, No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley and Tempted To Touch by Rupee.

Not to be left out, Padmore showcased his guitar skills doing amazing runs and beautifully accompanying Johnson as she sang songs from a wide range of Caribbean countries. She did so with her Jazz and Soul spin, thus giving some of these hits a fresh breath of life.

However, the part of her performance that made the audience engage in a “spin pooch” session was when she sang We Jamming Still by Ultimate Rejects, accompanied by Barbadian dancers Celina Forte and Keeba Roach.

The energetic performance included a new verse in which Johnson spoke about how the economy was affecting her and other ills in the society. The audience really enjoyed this song selection.

The Tobago Heritage Performers treated the audience to a series of traditional dances. They were beautifully adorned in gold satin dresses with cream and black headdress that lit up the stage under the LED lights. They were accompanied by six drummers who sang many traditional Trinidadian folk songs.

One of the highlights of the night’s entertainment was when the North West Lavente Dance Group did their minstrel dance. The dancers who wore stunning black and white outfits adorned with replicas of guitars, umbrellas and flutes, kept in sync and were truly animated in their facial expressions.

The true spectacle came when the limbo dancers took to the stage and redefined what a human body can do. They showcased their acrobatics and left the audience screaming for more. The dancers, wearing red and black sequinned outfits, performed with and without fire.

One danced while holding a plate and a fire twirler in his mouth. Another slid under all the dancers to showcase his flexibility. And, as if it could not get any better, the stage technician turned off the lights so one could see the glow from the limbo which was red hot with fire.

The final act was Pan and Keys from Antigua and Barbuda who brought a calming end to the event. They did not have the spectacle in either clothing or performance but they showcased the beautiful versatility of their instruments as they played some popular Caribbean hit songs.

From all accounts, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the three-and-a-half-hour-long event. 

Source: (LG)

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