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Highway of talent

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


LAST Tuesday, TEENage visited the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in St James, where we were greeted by a speeding, head-rushing array of talented performers.

The show kicked off with Neni Bernard and Tiana Laws, who sang a medley of dancehall songs. This was not well-received by the audience and they left the stage prematurely. Next up was Marion Lee with her original monologue, which had the audience captivated and entertained.

Mi Shouldn't Dweet was the name of the dub piece performed by Annastacia Irving, who was next to the stage. She had everyone nodding their heads in agreement and roaring with laughter as the disadvantages of TEENage pregnancy were addressed. Tevin Campbell would have been delighted to have heard Odean Cunningham's rendition of Can We Talk, which drove the crowd wild and had a few girls in uproar.

Dawnette Toppin took the stage to perform her dub piece entitled Daddy Don't Do This To Me, and didn't receive much applause when she left the stage because she forgot her lines.

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Truenda Weke and Tashane Downer were next, performing Etana's Free. They were followed by Ellisha Graham, who performed Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone.

Jody-Kaye and Shaniek were well-received by the crowd with their lively performance of Katy Perry's Firework. The crowd sang along and was throughly entertained by this performance.

Keeping the energy high, a group of four male students, who go by the name of Al Queda Link, entertained the audience with a freestyle.

Up next was Tabrika Francis singing Alabaster Box. She wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice, after which Tambrind followed with an equally exceptional performance of Tarrus Riley's Start Anew.

Mellow Keys graced the stage next with a medley of Romain Virgo and Morgan Heritage songs on the rub-a-dub rhythm.

The performances were put on pause to host a Pronto Porridge eat-off. This wasn't any less entertaining than the performances, as the five competitors did the 'cow foot' and displayed many hilarious facial expressions while consuming the hot cornmeal porridge provided by one of our sponsors, Pronto Porridge Mix.

Though the contestants tried hard to devour the porridge the fastest, only Donaski Foster was able to clean the bowl.

Of course, TEENage couldn't have a show without a few goodies, so we asked students a few trivia questions about TEENage and the tour sponsors.

Receiving prizes were Britney Taylor, Marisa Daley, Jordane Walker, Sannessa Hall and Kasia Green. Avagale Graham, the stage manager for the day, was also rewarded for her exceptional work.

After the break LJ performed a rap, entitled My Girl, and was followed by Janelle Smith, who sang Ikaya's Fly Away. Coming with his original song, entitled Got Ma Swagger, O'Vaughn Dixon performed with confidence from start to finish.

The Glamour Girls performed a medley of '70s soft pop. This performance was filled with perfect harmony and even gave a taste of dance moves from the era. The performances continued with Global Storm, an eight-man group doing a medley of songs. The group's acapella presentation was captivating from start to finish with applause from both teachers and students.

Eleven CS&T did an original song, entitled School Pikney Dem, after which Annique Anderson sang Etana's Free. Next was Stephen Stoddart singing Flying Without Wings. His voice captivated the audience for the duration of the performance.

Continuing in song, Christina Beckford was next to the stage singing Lioness On The Rise. Changing things up a bit, Kevon and Craig 'rode the riddim' of dub perfoming bits of various dub poems. They created quite a wave of excitement during their performance.

The audience was waiting to see some dancing, and Bermadine Fraser was ready to fill their appetite. During her performance she fell off the stage, but later returned to show Who Run the World.

Three girls, who went by the name Trinidadian Girls, were next up and their accents had the judges shocked. Their performance of the poem Bad Compn'y was well-delivered and entertaining. Travea Cooke was next singing Mary-Mary's Praise You, then 9H performed a song, entitled Compre. This song was performed by the top athletes of the school and spoke about their skills and achievements.

The Outlaws deejays and dancers were the last to grace the stage and delivered an exciting performance. At the end of it all, the judges tallied the scores but the audience did not wait without entertainment. Mixing Lab was greeted by a thunder of screams and cheers as the lively teacher and MC for the day, Brian Burke, introduced him.

After the performance it was time to announce the winners; in third place was Glenroy, Tambrind, Chadrich, Carlton and Tassian of Outlaws. In second were the melodious Global Storm; and coming in first place were Kevon and Craig. They will represent Herbert Morrison High School in the TEENage Expression Tour Finals in Kingston at the end of the academic year.

— Tara-Kaye Salmon

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