By: Kemesha Bolton
KLAS 89 FM had their annual Christmas Teen Jam outside broadcast, at the Vauxhall Comprehensive High School on December 13th, 2007. The event was hosted by Tony Young.
Fittingly, as Vauxhall won the All Together Sing Competition on Television Jamaica this year, the very proud Andrea Chaplin, Principal of the school took the opportunity to really encourage her students to "always do something physical as it compliments their mental."
Many artists and dancers passed through - making the energy and the vibe just right. Outstanding performances come from: I-Octane who gave an eager crowd, "Vampire" and "Gun Rise." Both got very good responses as students gave the popular shout for MORE, that resonated through the auditorium.
Returning to the stage I-Octane did "Poverty" and "Blood a Run" while the Vauxhall choir did Cherine Andersons' "Another Man Lose Him Life," Luciano's "Sweep Over My Soul" and a medley that included Richie Spices’ "Earth a Run Red," Bugle's "What you're gonna do" and Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers," leaving no doubt that they deserved to be winners.
Nickeisha Barnes was also one to speak of as her rendition of Alicia Keys' "What Goes Around Comes Around" and her original song "Shala la la la in Love," had the students of Vauxhall High School grooving, swaying and singing word for word.
Tippa was the only dancer and he brought dynamics to the afternoon with his popular dance moves. He added his own comical flavor and had the students in stitches crying for more, Dez I Boyd was the last performer of the day but certainly not the least as he rocked the audience with his most popular tune to date, "Shake Up Yu Natty." This one had the students dancing and shaking their "natty."
Other great presentations came from Tastee Talent winner Corporal Fishley and finalists Kibwe and Higher Chat – also popular for their entry "Garbage Man." "Eezroy," "Iceman" and "Bridges" had favorable responses from the audience and "Lil Joe," who seemed a little distracted by the antics of the students, delivered a smooth performance, of his original song "Not Good At All" nevertheless.
The afternoon's proceedings could be described as excitingly heartwarming, the students sang, danced, and at one point, one was seen rolling on the ground in laughter - for the performance on stage. It was a day of showcasing the diverse nature of our music in this little Island called Jamaica, THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT.