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Barbadians Commemorate Lost Lives in Campus Trendz Fire

Patrons with placards

Yesterday the 3rd September 2011, marked a year of the passing of the six young women (Kellisha Olliviere, Shanna Griffith and Pearl Cornelius, Kelly-Ann Welch, Tiffany Harding and Nikita Belgrave) who perished in the Campus Trendz fire. The September 3rd Foundation organised a peaceful march from the store on Tudor Street, Bridgetown to Queen’s Park in which over 200 patrons took to the streets. Young children, babies in strollers, teens and adults walked the stretch to commemorate the lives of those lost and calls for peace as people held placards and messages on t-shirts to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the increase of crime in Barbados.

Founder of the September 3rd Foundation David Commisiong spoke at the Tribute held in Queen’s Park following the march and urged Barbadians to wake up and make the “monumental effort” to save their nation. John King also sang ‘How Many More’ which is most fitting and a question we will be asking for years to come.

Cover + Drive Equals Talent


Cover Drive is the new emerging band from the land of sea and sun also known as Barbados! The members are Amanda Reifer vocalist, T. Ray Armstrong drummer, Jamar Harding bassist and Barry Hill the guitarist.

They quickly gained popularity through their fedora sessions on youtube in which they sang their renditions of popular songs, which includes Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, Train’s Hey Soul Sister and Jessie J’s Do It Like A Dude amongst others. The youtube videos allowed us (the viewers) to enjoy their fun personalities and witness the versatility of this truly addictive band. Aside from their indescribable talent, the group is vibrant, playful and slightly crazy but they gel well as a group.

The band is now signed to UK recording company Geffen/Polydor Records and is said to be working with some great producers and song writers.  Mark my words, this band will exceed your expectations and I genuinely believe if they retain the originality that gained them popularity, they won’t be just another band but a meaningful one.