The Sunshine Showcase
Date : Saturday 7th of March 2015
On the 7th March 2015 we had our 7th annual showcase including a variety of acts from all over the UK. From singers to dancers, comedians to poets, we had a fantastic line up full of energy and laughter. Our host Thanyia Moore made the audience feel at ease and welcome, whilst stressing the main reason for this event - to raise funds for such an important casue.
We'd like to thanks The Yaa Asantewaa Arts centre for donating their space and express our gratitude to all of the acts for giving up their time and showcasing their talents.
Acts on the night included:
Eximius - A street dance group comprised of talented students from Berrymede Junior School in Acton. They had been practicing for an hour a week for the first performance. They formed in October 2014 and are choreographed by Lucy Loughlin. Their piece explored the theme of identity.
Amaria Braithwaite - A talented Singer/Dancer who attends the Brits School of Performing Arts. At just 11 years old, she enjoys all sports, dance and loves RnB, Soul and Lovers Rock! She showcased her beautiful voice and we see great potential in such a young performer.
Prowess - Three versatile professional female dancers. Each dancer has been trained in various styles such as contemporary, hip hop, tap and more. ProWess are not only a team but a family which showed through their performance. They are inspired by Michael jackson, Gene Kelly, Madonna and Shakira.
WAPPY (Writing, Acting and Publishing Project for Youngsters) - A group dedicated to developing the literary, art and performance skills of young people. WAPPY has published 35 of its members in ‘The Soul of a Child, anthology and had 18 members interview and entertain Benjamin Zephaniah last year.
Arion T - A young British singer/songwriter performing a mixed genre of pop soul alternative. He took part in The X Factor In Israel when he was 15 and reached the final. He is currently studying at The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London and has started gigging around London in venues such as Gilgamesh and WestEnd Theatres whilst also working with producers on original music.
Angela White - A poet who enjoys performing and writing thought-provoking and inspirational poems. Angela performed an apt poem about 'what teachers make' and made us appreciate the work that goes on in school and educational centres around the world. She was full of life, had an animated style and clearly a passion for the performance arts.
The Rebirth Network - The UK's leading christian urban dance company with a difference that fuses hip hop, contemporary and dance theatre like no other. Based in London, this team of passionate and talented dancers aim to inspire other dance artists all around the world. By creating high quality and entertaining dance works they aspire to touch beyond the limited expectations of dance.
Rachelle Brammer-Knowles - A talented soulful singer who enjoys writing songs. She spent several months in sunny Spain as one third of the Supremes and Motown tribute group. On the night she performed a great medlet of well know songs and we see big things in the pipeline for her!
TUUP and Akuba - Long terms friends, TUUP and Akuba work together regularly, combining their unique storytelling styles, with humour, spiced up with the cultural flavours of the Caribbean and Africa. In 2009, they worked on the Deutsche Bank funded project, Cultural Encounters at the British Museum with Ghanaian musician, Jojo Yates, to re-enact histories from the Ancient African Kingdom of Benin for visiting schools.
Bhangra Dancers and musicians - Their dance piece is traditionally performed by Men but was performed by all females. The group also had a drummer playing the Dhol drum and a musician playing a flute called the Algoza. From this performance they aim to perform at other like-minded events to increase the profile of the cultural dance in the UK as well as to improve the standards of the group.
Cascade Sega - Mauritian dancers. The performance was a duet demonstrating the traditional style of Mauritius.
Cyril Charles - A Grenadian singer who delivered a cool and uplifting performance, surrounding us with the beautiful sounds of the Island of Spice.
Wayne 'Dibbi' Rollins’ - A hilarious comedy character 'Dibbi' is Black Comedy’s No.1 diva. The ravenous Bajan Dancehall Bombshell is friends with all the stars. She’s played all over the world, and she’s always a star, whether as compeer, headliner, game show hostess, radio presenter or making a cameo appearance on countless British home-grown comedies.
We also had raffle prizes, whisch included:
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<!--[if !supportLists]-->- Meal for two at Cocodelic caribbean restaurant in Kilburn
<!--[if !supportLists]-->- <!--[endif]-->Sweetz Creationz baby clothes bouquet including bibs, baby grows and mittens
<!--[if !supportLists]-->- <!--[endif]-->Real pearl jewellery
- Luther series 1 DVD box set
- Lulu Guiness slippers
- White Chocolate and Vanilla cake by That Little Cake Place