Inseason Juice, KLAS bring tour on a motorcade

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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All roads led to Calabar High School on Thursday January 25th as the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour made its way to Calabar High School by motorcade. KLAS FM, initiators of the tour, decided to make this 3rd stop of the live broadcast concert from High Schools a big celebration, by arriving in fine style.

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A long line of 'School Tour' supporters drove from KLAS studios on Haining Road, through New Kingston to Trafalgar Road – then down to Half Way Tree, up Eastwood Park Road – onto Red Hills Road and into Calabar High. Vehicles donned with banners highlighting sponsors made up the eye-catching procession.

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Catching students off guard, since school administration forgot to announce a reminder about the event, tour personnel went around rounding up those who were curious about the motorcade and others who were still around after school for extra curricular activities. In the end a nice sized crowd gathered in the Boys' School's courtyard for the fun.

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Despite a few technical difficulties, MC Tony Young got the show going and after welcoming all, invited the Head Boy and some other deputies from the Student’s government to come up and discuss their activities. Speaking on what qualified them to hold their esteemed positions and their overall views of their school, the young leaders were an impressive act to follow while being excellent role models for youthful listeners to the live broadcast on KLAS FM.

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Tony Young played on the fact that Kingston College (KC) and Calabar have a history of rivalry and when asked who would win upcoming CHAMPS and 'School Challenge,' the audience shouted in unison, an emphatic – CALABAR.

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On to music time it was and Rising Star contestant Lenya Wilks overcame her self professed nervousness and performed really well. Her fears came initially from having to perform for, "So many handsome young guys," she said. However, as she got into the groove, she teased the boys at times and interacted with her 'not so scary anymore' audience. The applause for Lenya was tumultuous and the boys were delighted.

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Terror Prince, an Eltham High School student captivated the crowd with his song that stressed the difficulties of ghetto life and Guidance delivered his well known tracks including, "Cherish," further exciting the youth present. Unique Kid gave a good contribution; 'bigging up' all good policemen.

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The usual stellar line-up included: I Octane, who encouraged the school boys to stay clear of becoming victims of the gun. Definitely on his way to doing big things in music, his performance at Calabar was vibrant. After delivering hit after hit I Octane called up Invader, who took a piece of the rhythm. Lil' Joe gave a short set and was his usual on target self, while Kerri Paige thrilled students, especially with her hit, "Mr DJ." Bascom X did his thing, delivering hit track after hit and in closing the show, Shane O did not disappoint.

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Comedy was included in the entertainment package at Calabar and Gunter, who was a Comedy Bus finalist in 2006 had the crowd in stitches with mixed up entertainment news and jokes using artists' names. One political joke went over particularly well. He spoke of a pregnant woman ready for delivery, who did not want to go into the labour ward at the hospital. When asked by a confused hospital staff why she refused to go into the labour ward, she replied that she was a PNP supporter and wanted nothing to do with 'labour.'

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Just loving it – the students rocked and sang along; they also got involved in a dance contest. An interview with Calabar's rugby team, who will soon play rivals KC was a well received sports component.

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Tony Young thanked all who participated: sponsors, students and teachers attending. The next stop, he said, will be Herbert Morrison Technical High in Montego Bay.

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