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Trelawny vigil part of its Emancipation celebrations

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMRichard Morais
Artistry in Motion performing at the Trelawny Emancipation Vigil at the Clark’s Town Primary School, recently.
The master himself, Ernie Smith, taking the audience down memory lane.
Youngsters at the Trelawny Emancipation Vigil observing the start of the amazing bonfire symbolising the burning of the evil past.
Errol Richards with his Divine Dancers, performing at the Trelawny Emancipation Vigil at the Clarks Town Primary School, recently.

It was cultural excellence, including a gospel segment, along with Custos Rotulorum, the Hon Paul Muschett, reading the emancipation proclamation recently when the town of Trelawny held its version of Emancipation celebrations.

The event was led by a masterful performance by one of the legendary masters himself, Ernie Smith. He had the crowd, even some younger than half his 50-year music career, eating out of his hands as he delivered hits like Rain is Coming Down, Sweet Sensation, Go Back Home and Freedom Street to the delight of the audience.

Another veteran, Errol Richards, who is based abroad, took the audience down memory lane, also to an excellent response. He employed the services of his Divine Dancers to back him up later on in his performance.




High school student Javier Martinez, who won the Big Stage competition, an audition for performers who would be selected as entertainers at the various events, did a DJ performance encouraging youths to do the correct thing. He was well received.

The gospel segment was led by Gamel Grant, a former national gospel song winner, who delivered a lively set, while Brother Willie, the Falmouth-based gospel singer, captured the crowd's attention.

The groups Artistry in Motion and the Trelawny Song and Dance Ensemble also turned in good performances, while Joanna Walker's delivery of One Love could not have been a more fitting finale.