by Julian Rogers
Thank God for the Web. Who else can we thank for with the ability to share the present of music shared by a gaggle of Bajan musicians, singers and poets, and other people at residence and the Diaspora and with the ability to obtain an Easter present that was a feast for the ears, eyes and spirit?
The chef was a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, conductor and impresario who guided us via the menu of genres and moods – from course to course – topped off with a candy dessert of songs to help the digestion of this wealthy fare.
There may be nothing extra Bajan than saying grace earlier than a meal, beginning a contemporary miracle of feeding 1000’s who sat of their houses’ consolation the world over.
The Reverend Billy Graham was again on our Rediffusion audio system on a Sunday afternoon as grandmothers and aunties clasped their arms in prayer on the first strains of the acquainted hymn, How Nice Thou Artwork; praying for his or her youngsters to come back again to Sunday college.
Whoever banned “Banja” from church made a extreme mistake. In any case, it was a pentecostal revival with the spouge medley that spoke of affection and extra love that solely Jackie Opel might write and sing about at his most passionate. And Zorro and Fowl had been rocking once more, quoting from the Sixth and Seventh Books, passages which might by no means develop previous.
The joyful Discuss trumpet introduced Rediffusion reminiscences and its showcase of the massive bands from Bert Kaempfert to The Troubadours Worldwide.
And whereas we’re it, the mixing of the classical Fur Elise and Pan in A Minor would have restored Beethoven’s listening to and have Lord Kitchener’s felt hat dancing. In one other mixing, Nicholas Brancker’s arranging genius is obvious within the band’s additions.
Boasting a string part for this live performance, and with music trainer Dr Phillip Forde on the grand Cathedral organ, we bought a reassuring efficiency of The Lord’s My Shepherd. We might solely think about the refrain of voices becoming a member of this historic efficiency.
The band served up solo or mixed starring moments all through the live performance – whether or not it was a saxophone or brass part or steelpan – this was a band of star performers.
Nikita Vaughn, with deft piano model, added Prelude in C to the menu earlier than the band ready in half-light emerged so as to add Stunning Barbados and lift our heartbeat with pleasure because the nationwide colors washed over the Cathedral’s historical columns.
Alison Norville Forde reminded us that as God watched over the sparrows within the Cathedral’s rafter, we, too, had been accorded related safety.
The band offered an old school Bajan doily for Alix Cage’s prideful rendering of Mark’s Lorde’s basic ode to Barbados. There will need to have been a beaming composer on Beckles Highway.
Out of one of many pews got here Edwin Yearwood, bridging the ages with a quietly passionate providing earlier than twinning it with one other of his emotionally charged songs. Amid Crop Over celebrations, Edwin brings individuals again to our broken world’s actuality in want of Jah Jah’s mercy.
We must always add that Nicholas prayed. How else are you able to describe his The King Of Love My Shepherd Is as he closed his eyes and his arms clasped across the bass guitar in a solo earlier than the remainder of the band performed the refrain.
JJ Poulter hopes that we might change the world and provides the subsequent technology a greater world gave us shades of Chicago Brass, a sound relationship again to the 70s. However it was Poulter’s transforming of Eric Clapton’s basic that added one other wealthy portion to this musical feast, giving the band’s lead guitarist one other starring position.
Mahalia needed to be at this desk. Hallelujah for this extremely gifted performer who can rock with the very best on any world stage. For this occasion, Mahalia basked within the reggae lilt to uplift our spirits as she has performed from Two Mille Hill to the worldwide live performance phases.
Kweku Jelani raised the dispossessed anthem, recognized to Bajans as Emmerton and penned at a painful time for the composer Dr The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter.
Kweku recounted the South African shanty cities’ ache in what we imagined to be a younger Hugh Masekela trumpeting and voicing, “looka wha’ you do to our Emmerton”.
Poetry had a spot on the desk, offering important linkages to the servings, whereas Nicholas’s heartfelt introductions spoke of the enjoyment of bringing collectively all this distinctive expertise.
The Nicholas Brancker Band with Strings is unmatched, the place the enjoyment of enjoying was evident.
Whereas we basked within the musicians’ wonderful artistry, the person friends laid on the right track after course, which ought to solely be taken in small parts. However our greed had already set in when Nikita began to share, little by little, as her providing took us to new heights of ecstasy and set us picturing a dwell viewers trying as much as the Cathedral’s rafters to see how excessive up she had gone.
In a outstanding rendition, Nikita left little question that she is a grasp of her concoction, rising past the heights of standard fare she exhibited through the years in her trademark purple locks.
Shadia Marshall, to not be outdone, quietly gave us only a style at the start however then laying out extra vital parts of her soul-stirring voice to go away our tastebuds questioning what might be subsequent on this menu.
Her marriage with Biggie Irie was an unmatched mixing on a basic Stevie Marvel tune interesting to an finish to hate and violence now bestriding our lands.
We couldn’t assist however discover that Nicholas acted as a wedding officer in bringing pairs of artists collectively on the altar of St Michael’s Cathedral, which has seen its share of marriage ceremony ceremonies, however none like these in a single occasion.
The grasp lyricist from East, St Phil-LOP, entered the Cathedral dramatically crossing from Nicholas’ residence studio. He laid out his lyrical fare together with his charming smile, distinctly calling for excellence, which was on present. The transition was not lengthy in coming because the Crimson Plastic Bag raised the rafter with a rallying hallelujah heard worldwide.
And to the credit, Nicholas Brancker did the honours. Nonetheless, the ultimate providing, a thanks to frontline employees, might be served to 1000’s world wide who we leaned on; whose reassuring phrases had been don’t fear a few factor as they held arms on behalf of relations who couldn’t be there; a salute to those champions who pledged to be fighters to the top; and invoking a brand new spirit of unity rallying across the West Indies, far more than simply the cricket staff.
Our because of the Nationwide Cultural Basis and all these not seen because the credit rolled. We thanks from world wide.