Talent shines at Youth Fest

Local youth under 18 showcased
their musical talents at this year’s Youth Fest.

The show was held last Friday, 28
May at the Lion’s Centre as part of Child Month, and was organised by the
Department of Child and Family Services.

Andrel Harris and Kimberly Carlos
from Youth Flex on Radio Cayman put their talents for improvisation and
public-speaking to good use as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for the night.

Hope Stephenson sang the National
Song to launch a night of music and dance competitions.

Minister for Community Affairs and
Housing, Michael Adam, delivered an opening speech to welcome the audience and
participants.

The first performers of the evening
were the members of Pauze Entertainment, two local Christian rappers who set
the stage for a memorable night with their powerful lyrics.

Pauze Entertainment was then
followed by a group of dancers and two young singers from George Town Primary
School.

Youngsters aged 6-10 years old then
went head-to-head in a singing competition. The winner of this age group was
Aidan Connolly, who wowed the audience with his vocal talents.

The first prize in the 15-18 year
old age category was won by Rico Orrett-Ebanks, who is known island-wide after
performing at the Jazz Fest.

Singing duo Danielle and Jade
placed second and were called to perform a second time by members of the
audience.

Kianda Parchment placed first in
the 11-14 age group for her dancing abilities.

Following the song and dance
competition, the Battle of the Bands commenced.

Three bands competed for the first
place prize, but The Undiscovered Band, which featured Kenroy Millwood as its
lead singer, snagged first place.

Although the majority of the event
was centred around the competing youngsters, a few older musicians and dancers
brought their talents to the stage as well:

Nina Orrett-Ebanks, Mr.
Orrett-Ebanks’ mother, who is appropriately nicknamed the Cayman Songbird, gave
a rousing performance that also had the audience cheering for an encore.

The most astonishing break-dancers
of the evening were also outside the competing age categories. Peter “Gucci”
Bodden, Carlton Thomas, Neil Powell and Casey Bush of Main Source, representing
the Rock Steady Crew, impressed the audience with gravity defying dance moves.

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Aidan Connolly had a big voice.
Photo: Hannah Reid