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Pan the best at Talent Expression
The 16th edition of Talent Expression 2017, hosted by the Southern Marines Steelband Foundation, came to an explosive and entertaining climax last Sunday at the Southern Marines Pan Palais, Marabella.
Before an enthusiastic audience, Tyeesha Alexander roared to first place with a scintillating performance on tenor pan of Lord Kitchener’s Pan in A Minor. The UTT student impressed with her technical mastery and her engagement of the audience as she paid homage to the steelpan. She was closely followed by vocalists Deryck Hinds and Lystra Nurse, who squeezed out every milligram of their experience to keep the rest of the competitors at bay.
By popular acclaim, this year’s competition was among the best that Southern Marines has staged over the years and given the challenging financial circumstances which the country faces, it is a positive move to ensure Talent Expression survives to provide a space for performance artistes to express their skills.
The management of Southern Marines has expressed its appreciation of the contribution to the show made by emcee Malika Blair and the guest artistes including King Harry, Rudolph Jack, Clint Davis (Baby Blue) and Abebele.
Those who partnered with Southern Marines in ensuring the show was delivered and who deserve the gratitude of the community are: TECU Credit Union, Petrotrin, Safeway Scaffolding, Screen Tex, Fen Mohammed Stores, OWTU, Trinweld, Willi Chen, Carrat Shed and the Abraham family.
The following is a list of the finalists:
• Tyeesha Alexander
• Deryck Hinds
• Lystra Nurse
• Akeem Cyrus
• Joshua Hinds
• Kumasu Cultural Performers
• Caleb Hinds
• Keisha Cobham
• Bernard Brereton
• Neeshana Dance Academy
• Maco Media Comedy
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