Made in Bermuda Album 1

Photographs by Anthony Wade & Ivan Outerbridge

Written by Zuri Darrell


Made in Bermuda Festival was a power packed weekend of events held over Labor Day Weekend – September 1st – 4th . “Rising Stars”, the opening event, was hosted by none other than Antoine Jones of “In the Know.” He kept the audience engaged and ready for performers such as Bermuda Idol Arianna Smith, Nkosi Hollis, Rated “E” Dance Group, Soliel Richardson, Kavon Busby & Dakota Tucker.

The future for these young artists is very bright! Bermuda is fortunate to have such young talent eager and approaching.

Saturday’s “Early Warm” party at the Inferno patio featured music selections by Twin Star and Mikey B playing Old school RnB and Reggae. North Shore provided the perfect backdrop as guests mingled around the patio enjoying Bermuda cocktails and specialty beverages.

Sunday evening, the star studded main event got underway in the CedarBridge Academy Courtyard. Doors opened at 6:00 p.m., which provided ample time for guests to mingle, purchase food/drink, or visit cultured local vendors who sold clothing and books. Local vendors included Dropping Anchor, 24/7 designs, Fanon, Pauletta Francis, Dale Butler Books, LLD Barbershop and Sloane Wilson. The food court featured some of Bermuda’s favourites including the likes of JB’s Woodfired Pizza, Savory Kernels, Dutch Pops, and Ashley’s Lemonade.

Jah Simmons served as the show’s host, keeping the audience engaged with his humorous rifts. The courtyard filled up quickly as guests entered with grace and style. Upon entry each patron was treated to a sample of Barritt’s Ginger Beer and invited to have their professional photo taken alongside the Gombey Warriors. Cocktail performers on the Burrow’s & Lightbourn stage included steel pannist Paul Smith, saxophonist Dwayne Foster, and Aalai Wolffe.

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Arijahknow Livewires kicked off the main stage performances, backed by the world-famous Wall Street Band. Donning his traditional Bermuda gombey inspired outfit he definitely set the performance bar high. Wires definitely became a crowd favorite as he closed his set by bringing local gombeys on stage to join him. Other artists to follow were reggae artist Fiyah Marshall, Brittany ‘Brixx’ Cox, and Cush Evans. Brixx captivated the audience with her vocals. Singing Demi Lovato’s Sorry Not Sorry and Beyonce’s I Was Here, she proved to everyone that she is a star to watch.

Cush Evans took to the stage singing his smash hit Run Road that has been dominating the local airwaves. He continued his set showcasing his extreme vocal versatility by performing classic crowd favorites by R. Kelly & Ron Isley. Last Call, the eclectic gospel duo of Tricray & Adrian got the audience up and out of their seats and worshipping in song. Their smash hits I Got My Freedom and Nobody Greater left the courtyard on a high as we approached the headlining performances.

Sia Spence, fresh off a plane from Atlanta showed why she is regarded as one of Bermuda’s top female vocalists. With hits such as Beyonce’s Love On Top and Alicia Keys’ Fallin, she forced guests to sit up straight in their seat for her entire set.

Sheila Smith, Bermuda’s 1st Lady of Soul, closed out the night. Always a showstopper, Sheila brought down the house, as only Sheila can do. Performing RnB dance hits that rocked the crowd to their feet.

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The festival closed with “Float BDA” at Tobacco Bay in connection with K.R. Productions featuring DJ Aztec, DJ Coolie, DJ Tan Z, DJ Keem and DJ Markie T. The chef served up scrumptious dishes and the bartenders poured quickly to meet the demand of the tourists and guests at “Float BDA”. It was a great way to wind down and enjoy the final party of the summer.

A huge thank you to all those who took part in Made In Bermuda Festival 2017! A special mention to our sponsors: Bermuda Arts Council, People’s, Burrows & Lightbourne, Barritts, Motor Works & Controls, HITCH, FlyHighMedia, In Touch Therapy, and La Plaza Bermuda.

If you missed the weekend, you are in luck as this is an annual event.