Talent-packed PETERSFIELD

Kristen Laing

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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LAST Tuesday, the TEENage Expression Tour stopped in Westmoreland at the Petersfield High School.

The day began with giveaways from Flow and Seprod, which were won by Jessica Campbell, Nakytha Porter and Devena Brown.

Debion Scott, opened with a poem about poverty and Jamaican life entitled Frustration. Following, Colene Smith belted out Whitney Houston's I Look to You, a performance that had the students awestruck. Dressed comically as a savvy 'foreign' mother, Shanice Samuels and her trouble-maker son Jeron Williams performed Louise Bennet's poem New Scholar.

Crowd-favourite Jamaal Samuels, did a dance that covered dancehall, soca, and R&B.

Songstress Melloy Shakes followed with Rihanna's Unfaithful a capella, and gave a note-hitting vocal performance.

Another crowd favourite, Evroy Williams stepped out covered from head to toe in shredded TEENage newspapers to perform his very special piece TEENage Observer Clean and Out.

Akeem Foster took the stage next and sang a smooth Romain Virgo medley that soothed the stirred-up audience.

Two deejays brought their wares for the Petersfield audience to judge. Lamar Linton deejayed an original piece about his fortune with the ladies called Neat and Clean, which got a pass. Brandon Bailey, who deejayed his short-lived party tune called Summer Song, was found wanting.

Kemar Maragh, Ashley Nelson and Jelae Wilson correctly answered trivia questions and walked away with Flow/Seprod prizes.

The first skit of the afternoon by all-girl group Crimson, was amiably received by the audience, as the comical skit Good Girl vs Bad Girl, had the crowd laughing at some moments, but lost at others.

A skit entitled Hotel Assistant was performed by Sabrina Weise, Sherayle Lewis, and Leonardo McCloud, but was not well received by the crowd. Dante Tate then deejayed Gyal Whine and Money Fi Da Year Yah.

Lifting the mood of the audience, Leo Artwell, sang Chris Brown's Forever and Odane Bartley serenaded with Mario's Let Me Love You.

Suffering from stage fright, Howard Essor attempted to do a Petersfield High School original poem Mi Have AIDS, but unfortunately couldn't make it past the first stanza.

In another dramatic piece, Sherane Williams did an original dub poem about the loss of a mother called Mi Want Back Mi Mada. Shanice Samuels followed with an original speech item about about Jamaica called Live Up.

Faizon Brown had the crowd rocking to her delivery of Etana's I am Not Afraid.

Bringing more positivity to the talent show was Omar Hall, who sang and deejayed his original song Education Is Key.

After, Leonardo McCloud won the audience over his very animated drama piece Duppy Encounter.

It was then time for the Pronto Cornmeal Porridge Mix Eat-Off. Eight competitors entered, but after a record porridge-eating time (just over a minute), Omar Hall turned his empty porridge cup over his head to show his victory.

In a last-ditch effort to redeem the Petersfield poem, Mi Have Aids, Tatiana Brown delivered the composition. This time, the gathering was enthralled and some students recited the poem.

While the judges deliberated their scores, the guest artistes were lead to the stage. Expression Tour favourite and perpetual crowd-pleaser, Mixing Lab did his infamous beat boxing, which pumped up the crowd. He then brought on singing and rapping duo and YouTube sensations Ajay and Chilla, whose She Want Me and Thinking About You (featuring Bling Eye) had the girls swooning and the guys cheering loudly. Mixing Lab returning with Ajay and pulled on stage two female audience members to help them deliver some Gregory Issacs hits.

After the smoke of the performances had cleared, the winners were announced. In third place was deejay Omar Hall, while taking second place was dancer Jamaal Samuels. Winning first place and a chance to compete at the TEENage Expression Tour Finals in June was, to no one's surprise — Evroy Williams.






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