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BARBADOS - music - Richard Stoute 'Diamonds are Forever' 2006

Web Posted - Fri Feb 24 2006
By David Hinkson compliments of the Barbados Advocate

The man of the moment, Richard Stoute (in white jacket, right) applauding the performers during the show held in his honour. Also shown (from left to right) are Annette Nias of the National Cultural Foundation, NCF CEO Ian Estwick and NCF Chairman Al Gilkes.

The man of the moment , Richard Stoute (in white jacket, right) applauding the performers during the show held in his honour. Also shown (from left to right) are Annette Nias of the National Cultural Foundation, NCF CEO Ian Estwick and NCF Chairman Al Gilkes.
 

Members of the entertainment fraternity, many of whom got their start through his Teen Talent Contest, came together at the Sherbourne Centre to pay tribute to veteran singer and promoter Richard Stoute as he marked his 60th birthday with a special show entitled Diamonds are Forever .

 

The show began with one of Stoute’s contemporaries, Tony Poser Grazette, bringing back memories of the old days with Put a Little Love in Your Heart, Sam Cooke’s The Riddle Song , which Grazette has made his own over the years, and then a recent spouge number entitled I’ll Always Adore You . He ended his set with an a cappella performance of May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.



Former Teen Talent contestant and long time crowd favourite with the Teen Talent audience, Rosie Hunte, was in outstanding form as she brought the auditorium alight from the time she appeared on stage to sing Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You. She then worked the entire floor with Tina Turner’s Simply the Best and got a standing ovation.


After the buzz she created subsided, 2000 Teen Talent winner Barry Chandler sang Stoute’s spouge remake of Vehicle, with which he won the title

Anderson Blood Armstrong showcased his versatility with a highly competent rendition of Englebert Humperdinck’s The Last Waltz , and ended his performance with a medley of some of the calypsos that made him popular as a member of Square One


1992 Teen Talent winner Adrian Clarke also performed a ballad that highlighted the quality of his voice, as well as his hit song, Nice Time , during which he got Chairman of the National Cultural Foundation, Al Gilkes, to sing along

1988 winner Kim Derrick then performed one of the songs with which she won the title, Brenda Russell’s Get Here, while 1999 winner Ishiaka McNeil continued to highlight spouge with a performance of the Troubadours hit Faith


Kimberley Inniss continues to grow as a performer and showed considerable maturity in every department when she sang At Last

 

Red Plastic Bag and Mac Fingall brought the first half of the show to a close with a rendition of Bag’s biggest-ever hit, Ragga Ragga, that also brought the audience to its feet.

 

During the intermission Grammy Award winning musician Jimmy Senya Haynes and his band kept the audience entertained

 

The second half got under way with 2005 Over-21 Contest winner Christine Carter singing her signature tune In The Name of the Lord.


Ronnie Morris, who got his first chance to sing at the age of twelve through Teen Talent, performed You Raise Me Up,

Kevin HindsOver-21 contestant Troy Arthur-Shaw, whose modelling group Mystikal Touch made its debut during the 2005 Teen Talent competition, also paid tribute to Stoute in song. One of the most moving tributes, however, came from 1983 Teen Talent winner and VP recording artist Edwin Yearwood, who said Stoute was like a father to him and outlined the support he had given him over the years. He then performed Wildflower, the song with which he won the Teen Talent Contest and his 1996 ballad Something Greater. Desmond Weekes, one of Stoute’s contemporaries, invited Stoute on stage with him when he sang Elton John’s Don t Let the Sun Go Down on Me. John King then put the audience in a nostalgic mood with a selection of oldie goldies and former Square One member O Shaka sang Stoute’s You Can Make It If You Try. The Mighty Gabby, a contemporary of Stoute, shared some anecdotes about his younger days growing up with Stoute, before singing What a Wonderful World with Blood and Terry Arthur, and his folk songs Fishermen and Emmerton. The show ended with one of Stoute’s favourite artists, Baron, performing some of his hits. MCs for the evening were Trevor Eastmond, Joanne Sealy and KB Kleen, all of whom said they got their first opportunities to perform MC duties or otherwise showcase their talent through Richard Stoute.


 

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