Summer break edition
dmittedly, teenAGE Observer Expressions Tour 2014 has ended, and the worthy winners chosen, but we decided to make one final stop at the Jose Marti Technical High School for a summer break edition. The last day of school presented students with an opportunity to participate in the concert series. Prayer was done to acknowledge the start of everything followed by youth marketing officer, Brenda Weather's adress and introduction.
Daryl Ricards made his way on stage to perform Redemption Song followed by the dance challenge of Gully Creepa. Though Sudan White was the only one who braved the stage, she was the deserving winner. Latonia Fisher then performed Higher and had her classmates clapping along. Backed by the pianist, Vincent Bailey delivered his own rendition of Don't You Remember by Adele and gained favour from his schoolmates on the account of his beautiful singing.
Aljayn Findley elicited much laughter and cheers from the audience when he proceeded to re-enact dance moves with the same smooth execution Michael Jackson would. The scenery changed and Starlight Crew made their way on stage with their dub poem. Ambition which proved to be fun but with a powerful message. Up next was Sashae Miller, with Rise who had her classmates along to the soulful song. The Cool Fruit Drink-Off saw Kacheim Shakes emerging the winner, before Serena Cain gave her own rendition of Nicki Minaj's Pills N Potion.
Trivia winners for the day were Damani Scott and teacher Bonique Townsend who were rewarded by the sponsors. Molaysha Morgan in her Ms Lou element performed Mary dry foot boy followed by Man Down done by Mickesha Allen. Talent Kid deejayed This Year after which DJ duo Static and Black Star did their own School Dayz. Clad in heels and skinny jeans, Harmony appeared on stage and belted popular British sensation Adele's Set Fire to the Rain which was well received.
Things were winding down and Lennisa Hamilton performed When I see you which gave way to dance duo Mystic Infusion who engaged crowd with their popular dance moves to well-known songs. An exciting, never-before-seen twist was added to the tour experience as host Brenda Weathers summoned previous dance challenge winner Sudan onstage, as they competed against each other to throwback dance move Butterfly. Rounding off the proceedings was the JCDC all-island dance champions, the Jose Marti Dance Group treated us to their winning performance. In third place was Starlight, followed by Mystic Infusion in second position. Aljayn Findley was first, winning the judges choice.
— Veronia Jackson