Region 4 shines on Day 2 of Children’s Mash competition

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Region 4 brought their ‘A’ game as the Regional Children’s Mashramani Competitions went full steam into Day 2 of the 2020 competitions. Today saw presentations in the Dramatic Poetry and Calypso segments.

Nafia Reid from St Angela’s Primary delivered a lyrical piece in the age 8-10 Calypso category, titled I love my Country.  The talented student owned the stage proudly as she demonstrated vocal control and a remarkable stage presence. Her patriotic piece the audience calling for an encore.

Costumed in graduation attire, young Breann Richie and her three back-up singers, from North Georgetown Primary, delivered an important message to all students encouraging them to stay in school and to recognise the importance of education. Breann’s piece, Stay in School, was well-coordinated, and she was far from shy, as she promenaded the stage with pomp while making all efforts to control her vocal level.

In the age 8-10 Dramatic Poetry category, Tyrese Roberts’ piece entitled Education was another crowd-pleaser. The St. Gabriel’s Primary student followed Breanna’s call to say in school, with an impressive vocal delivery and boldness that astonished many.

Interestingly, the competition also featured impromptu performances between segments, that allowed students a chance to display their talent on stage.

A St. Ambrose Primary student who goes by the stage name of Black Truth surprised the crowd with his poetry piece, which told the story of Africans being enslaved and their history corrupted. Black Truth’s dominance, vibrancy and agility during his delivery was unmatched and his poem received a standing ovation from the entire audience.

Other notable performances came from Green Acres Primary School’s Kenisha Lynch and Zahara Belle; Graham’s Hall Primary School’s Ezekiel Garraway; and Nicolai Adolph from Ketley Primary School.

The event was held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) served to both educate and entertain as the students’ pieces contained elements of patriotism, history, oil and gas, education and activism against violence.

Children’s Mashramani Competitions, which is coordinated by the Department of Education, will continue on Wednesday with a Choir Presentation, while Thursday will feature Masquerade dances from secondary schools.

Also, the ever-anticipated Physical Display and Costume Competition will take place on Friday from 10:00-16:30hrs.


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