Different Vibes @ VD
LAST week found teenAGE Observer in the cool, cool parish of Manchester as we brought the Expressions Tour to Victor Dixon high School. This prestigious, Seventh-day Adventist high school served up a whole lot of energy and originality.
The show began with judges Jessica Timoll (who was later on replaced by Kimberlee Beale), Chevaughn Brown, Rashawn Baldeo and Di-Andra Brown convened at the judges' table, awaiting the first performance.
Christopher Buckley was the one who graced the stage first, singing, a capella, an original piece entitled God You Are. He had initially planned on singing the song with music, but due to some technical difficulties he had to go without. However, his melodious voice was well received by the crowd.
Following him was the quartet Janelle Murray and Company singing Choices, another original piece. It was beautifully delivered, each distinct voice blending smoothly.
Next up were Andre and Omaine singing Bully Beef; creative, entertaining and downright hilarious are definitely words one would use to describe this duo's performance. It received a great reception from the crowd who even demanded an encore from the boys.
The human beat boxes Ramone Graham and Company took the stage afterwards and entertained the crowd with a medley of songs. He provided the sound effects using only his mouth.
The first break in the show came with a trivia question which was answered by Tajeika Brown.
Bringing us back into the show were the 1-Scarlett Boys singing another original piece entitled Massive. Though the boys seemed a bit unprepared they gave a commendable performance otherwise.
Zidonya Beckford and Jewel Robinson went up afterwards with a creative remix to the Tight Up Skirt rhythm, called Brightest School.
The second break from all the talent came with the teacher's drink-off. The school's principal Orchid Smith was victor.
Following the drink-off was Javani 'Struggy' Edwards, singing Fresh, he earned a favourable reaction from the crowd.
Roshawn Mullings and Company performed their skit Comedy Vibez 5. Like 1-Scarlett boys they seemed a bit unprepared, nonetheless they gave a commendable performance.
Adding to the list of original musical pieces were Danielle Lindo-Wray and Teen 7, singing We Are A Chosen Generation and First Time In Love respectively. Both pieces were exceptionally done, however, Teen 7's performance had a little extra pizzazz due to their use of a guitar in their performance.
Following Teen 7's performance was Bulla, a teacher/student deejaying group with their piece Pull Up The... .
Afterwards duo, Britannia Spencer and Kheleece Brown presented to us their rendition of the popular Lorde song, Royals.
Up next was the very talented, Kemar Scott, with his dance piece. His peers cheered him on as he danced across the stage giving us a thrilling albeit short dance routine.
It was now time for the student's drink-off, six students gathered on stage. The initial drink-off ended in a tie, which was quickly settled by another drink-off between the two remaining students; in the end it was Sanjay Blake, who proved to be the real Cool Fruit champion.
Vocally strong and confidently singing even as the mic went out was Jevienne Hines giving us her piece, Show Me How To Love.
Wayan Frazer accounted well for himself with original songs The System and Do You Bad.
Following her was teacher, Mr Shaw, tiding the crowd over with his own song as the other performer was prepped for stage. His performance was well received by the crowd.
Kadian Griffiths and Martina Mendez sang Mad Ova Him before Kalia Wright gave the final performance for the day with Lord Come Near Me With Your Precious Glory.
As the judges tallied the scores the students, crowd and performers alike, waited eagerly for the results.
When the tallying was done, hostess Stacy-Ann Neilson announced the winners -- in third place was Javani 'Struggy' Edwards, second place went to Andre and Omaine and first place was awarded to Kemar Scott.
-- Di-Andra Brown