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Powerful women, men plant seed of entertainment

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe
Dr Sanneta Myrie (Miss Jamaica World 2015) dances to Exodus.
(From left) Maurice Henry, Sill Bell, Ainsley Deer (on guitar) and Michael Powell.
Cindy Breakspeare models a Keena Linton design.
Jennifer 'Jenny Jenny' Small and her dancers.

A new venue combined with several new faces, and the organisers of Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity, were able to breathe a feeling of freshness into their annual fund raising concert. The theme for the 16th staging of the show was 'Planting A Seed for Those in Need'. And among the new acts were politicians, a nurse, an international vocalist and a beauty queen. All together, they treated the full house to poetry reading, dancing, singing and more. And when the curtains came down, the audience was pleased.

"Very good; it was very entertaining," was how Member of Parliament Rudyard Spencer described the show, and he was right.

Promptly at the scheduled start time, the focus of the full house was shifted from the hanging show banner, boasting its familiar logo, sandwiched by two television monitors, to the playing of Jamaica's National Anthem. Aptly this was followed by a musical item by 'The Orchestra', comprising of some of Jamaica's finest musicians.

Co-emcee, Akeem Mignott's opening act followed, and when he was subsequently joined by his co-host, Rochelle Cameron, the laughter increased among the audience. Later, and long before Jennifer 'Jenny Jenny' Small's bike-back arrival for the closing dancehall session, there was musical delights from some of the veterans, among them, Inspector Linroy Edwards. New faces like Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, former lead singer with Bony M Group, Cludja Barry; also gave impressive performances.

But very few will get over the high energy get-up-and-dance church session from the cast, to close the first half of the programme.


Feeling of freshness


Spoken words of wisdom came from David Neita, Jasmin Rand and Janet Farr. The dance acts were entertaining too. And the customary fashion extravaganza emanated a feeling of freshness, as show producer and creative director Weston Haughton, went for a more professional look, whereby the designers walked with their models. The male models, including Members of Parliament Fitz Jackson and Alando Terrelonge walked in clothes designed by Spokes Apparel. While the females, who included former Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare and Thalia Lyn, wore some fine deigns from Keneea Lynton.

Also lending their talents to the performing arts fiesta held at the Douglas Orane Auditorium located on the campus of the Heroes Circle based Wolmers Boys' School, were Dr Michael Abrahams and reigning Miss Jamaica World, Dr Sanneta Myrie. Both expressed their reasons for participating in the annual event.

Myrie who performed her dance - Exodus, placed in the talent segment at the Miss World Pageant, was performing at the event for the first time.

"Being the Miss Jamaica World and Miss Caribbean, the mantra of the competition is beauty with a purpose. So being called to serve and to perform as a part of the 16th annual show, Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity, is right in that kind of work we do. And I am also very passionate about disadvantage youth and the unattached, the disabled, and all the work that they (Mustard Seed) are doing is really close to my heart. It really was a pleasure to be called to serve."

On the other hand, Abrahams, has performed on several of the shows before. He explained that his reason for doing so was because the show is for a very worthy cause.

"I have been to Mustard Seed and I know what they are doing down there. I have developed a relationship with Monsignor Ramsoon and I have a lot of respect for what he does. And that is the main motivation," he said before adding that "It is fun but, I know it is a worthy cause."