Lovers of good Bajan Folk Music left Golden Square Freedom Park satisfied after being treated to an almost two-hour spectacle at the recently held Courts/ICBL Folk Concert and Day of National Significance Commemoration.
Some of Barbados’ well-known and up-and-coming artistes transformed the space in our capital city with sweet music and strong cultural representations on stage. The large crowd that gathered - a mix of young children, middle-aged and seniors - took the opportunity to traverse the illuminated walkways and spot their names on the Builders of Barbados In contrast, others sat in their chairs on the lawns and listened as the Folk Songs filled the square and its environs.
As organizers The National Cultural Foundation promised, it was an eclectic mix of traditional folk music and story-telling performances, infusing various music genres. The song lineup included classic pieces and unique takes on well-known melodies, including several of National Hero Rihanna’s songs, like her chart-topping hit Umbrella.
The free concert, themed Riots to Republic, featured the 100-Voice Choir, Dr The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter, Stiffy, Anderson “Blood” Armstrong, Sunrokk, BoBo, Rubytech, Alison Norville, Kareem Agard, recently-crowned Junior Monarch Yahandje, and Israel Lovell Drummers among others.
Also in attendance were Prime Minister Honorable Mia Mottley and several Members of Parliament. Mottley addressed the gathering and spoke of the significance of the event as the island celebrates the 85th anniversary of the historic riots.