“This is what music should be about, high energy vibes and positive messages”, were the sentiments of Kedron Allen, a student of the St. Georges College as he watched in awe as Big Ship artiste Chino, brought the curtains down on ‘International Students Day’, a student conference hosted on November 17th at the West Jamaica Conference.
Over one thousand (1000) students from secondary and tertiary schools from across the island were in attendance at the function, which saw high energy performances from student-led performing arts ensembles. Ricardo McFarlane, a dub poet formerly of Innswood High School, turned in a deep and thought provoking performance as his words resonated with the attentive audience.
Earlier, the students were thrilled by an exhilarating performance by Queen Ifrica, who took the opportunity to remind the students to abstain from sex.
Roars of approval went up from the students as Ifrica went into her catalogue of songs, even taking the time to invite the Herbert Morrison School Band to join her for an impromptu performance of Daddy. The Band did not disappoint as they rose to the occasion, giving the impression that they had weeks of rehearsals with Ifrica.
Excellent performances were also turned in by the St. James High School Choir and the Innswood Drummers.
It was Big Ship artiste Chino, who had the audience in the palm of his hands, as he proved why he is one of the most sought after dancehall artistes today. Chino stuck to a positive message, encouraging the young men in the audience to “nuh put nuh woman pon yu head”. He too took the time out to promote the message of abstinence, while encouraging the students to focus on their education.
In his speech to the gathering NSSC President Andre Stephens noted, “it is critical that at activities such as this, the message from entertainment packages, complements our overall theme; it is important that other artistes take note of the fact that positive lyrics is appreciated by our young people”.
International Students Day was organized by the National Centre for Youth Development and the National Secondary Students Council (NSSC), in an effort to promote youth advocacy and the active participation of students in matters affecting their interests. The Day was hosted as part of Youth Month activities, which is commemorated in November each year.
Source: Dexter Communications Inc.