THE teenAGE Observer Expression Tours stopped by the Eltham High School in Spanish Town last Tuesday and our team was in for a sweet treat.
A part from the variety of talent found at Eltham High, the school's preparation for our arrival as well as teacher participation was outstanding.
Trecia Taylor was first on stage to perform her original dub poem titled Nuh Tek It. The accompaniment of drumming, and her dramatic presence on stage brought out Trecia's message of women standing up in the face of domestic violence.
Saskia and Company were next on stage performing a duet titled Step To You. The song carried a catchy chorus sung by the female, and a DJ verse done by her male companion, who engaged the audience by having them clapping along with him.
The young DJ, Collins Everey, was next. His original piece addressed issues of poverty and populace's dissatisfaction with politicians.
Following was Akelia Young, who received rousing cheers for her poem, or better yet, her ode to her fellow schoolmates and resilient Jamaicans on a whole.
During the intervals, DJ Cash Price entertained the audience with popular and current songs ranging from Miley Cyrus's We Can't Stop to I-Octane's Buss a blank. The Eltham High students screamed out the lyrics of each song, waving their teenAGE magazine to the beats.
When Psy's Gangnam Style was played, all attention turned to three male students who took to the stage to demonstrate the dance.
Emcee Staci-Ann Neilson, from the Observer marketing team, took the opportunity to throw out a trivia question to the audience for the chance of winning a prize.
Next on stage was Revauna Scarlett with her original poem titled Fi Wi Culture.
Following were two other females, Sheena Martin and Diandra Willis, who performed an original song titled Everyting A Go Round Inna Circle.
Positive Vybz, a trio of young male lyricists came with a lively performance and comedic lyrics describing their teachers in Run Di Block at school.
Then it was time for the Cool Fruit Teachers' Drink-off. Gleeful students volunteered the names of teachers they wanted to see participate. The teachers raced to drink, but at the end of two rounds Sherryl McIntosh, design arts teacher, was winner.
Back to the programme with the Sign Language Club, who signed to the song The Presence of the Lord Is Here.
Another group, Xpressive Dancers, followed them with five female students dancing to a mix of songs from dancehall and hip hop.
Akelia Brown was able to engage her audience with her dramatic delivery, reciting a Dub Reflection by N Davis.
Following was Sean Suerjue, deejaying a song titled One Day. Eltham's band, with a skilful arrangement and delivery of music, which incorporated drums, flutes and other instruments, followed.
Then it was time for the students' drink-off. And in the end Shanika Green drank her way to victory.
Donieto Commings' arrival on stage was greeted with much cheering and laughter at his dramatic entrance. He performed his original dub poem titled Stress.
But he would be outdone by Chevon Ricketts and Orlando Christie, two young deejays who performed their song titled School Yute.
Following was New Legends, a dance trio, who thrilled the audience with their on-point co-ordination and authentic dance moves. Their performance was an obvious crowd favourite as the students cheered at intervals throughout their performance.
Closing out the performances for the day were Nicka and Tevo, who performed a song titled Want You Back.
While the judges tallied the scores guest artiste, Chevaughn, who brought with him MacKeehan. Both were well received by the screaming students. They even took the time to serenade two lucky ladies from the audience.
The judges scores were in and in third place was Donieto Commings. In second place was Chevon Ricketts and Orlando Christie, while copping first place and a chance to make it to teenAGE Observer Expression Tours finals, was the dance group New Legends.
Next week, the tour moves on to another school, in search of this year's winner.
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