Despite rainy conditions, the Emancipation Season Heritage Fair recently got off to a musical resounding start at Rock Hall Freedom Park, Rock Hall, St Thomas.
Phoenix Steel Orchestra which included high school alumni Darryl Jordan played hits including the soulful “Beautiful Barbados” speak Party peopleimpact “How Much More” by John King and Mighty Gabby’s violation of social justice “Emerton”, among many others.
Master of Ceremonies Antoine ‘Daddy Brudda’ Williams, who kept the show running smoothly, recalled that this season’s theme of emancipation was “A Legacy of Resistance – From Riots to Reparations.”
The creative workshop at Pinelands which brought rhythm and lots of flavor to Rock Hall was quite a spectacle with crowds gathering despite the rains
to observe their movements.
Also sharing the stage was the poet Theo “Deo the Poet” Greenidge who performed his play “The rose that grew from the concrete”Akim “Cupid’s Stoned” Chandler-Prescod who played – “Family Affair” and Shamona Forrester with her play “Shipwreck of a Corpse”.
Adisa production coordinator AJA Andwele said holding the fair in the first free village was essential for the good of knowledge during the season of emancipation.
“This is an important event not only from a historical and cultural point of view, but because it takes place in the first free village where the Liberty Park is located. It is still a work in progress. It is a wonderful site and therefore it is important to organize the first heritage fair there,” he said.
“To have the first heritage fair held in the first free village that represents the freedom of our ancestors living in a space they can call their own was great,” he added.
In the second half of the afternoon there was a collaborative performance by Haynesville Youth Group and the Pinelands Creative Workshop in the form of percussion and dance.
Residents of Rock Hall Monarchy Music also performed original tunes which were well received by the crowd which grew even bigger as they took the stage.
Following their performance was the Multifaceted dance group who brought their artful moves, opening their set with the music of a national hero Rihanna and comments from Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
Seasoned performers Adrian Clarke, Betty B.Alex Cage, Jamal “J Slo” Slocombe, Anderson “Blood” Armstrong and Tony “Setter” Grazette closed the evening with excellent spouge performances. (SIR)