On Thursday, July 18, Sea Spray Resort held their 4th annual Goombay Festival, which has been sponsored by Kalik and Commonwealth Brewery. This night was the second to last of the four week festival, which had celebrations every Thursday night at the resort. The crowd was entertained that night by nationally recognized performer, KB. There was a large crowd of both tourists and Bahamians, who celebrated Bahamian culture together. The evening began with a local calypso band playing, while festival goers enjoyed a buffet of traditional Bahamian food, drinks, and perused local jewelry and crafts that were for sale.
The headliners of the festival were DJ Emerge, and Bahamian legend Kirkland Bodie, who is better known as KB. KB was an energetic and interactive performer, and encouraged the crowd to come forward and start dancing as soon as he got onstage. KB was friendly with the audience, and he began his performance by naming different countries and areas of The Bahamas, asking the natives of these places to raise their hands. The crowd was extremely excited to hear the famous Bahamian artist, and sang along to his popular songs like, “Bush Mechanic.”
KB wanted to make it a romantic evening for the couples there, and had the lights turned off for a slow couple’s dance. He finished his performance with a shout out to the tourists, encouraging them to enjoy the authentic Bahamian music and experience.
Immediately after KB’s performance, the Spring City Rockers provided a Junkanoo rush. They paraded down the neighboring road in brilliantly coloured and sequined costumes while playing the traditional Junkanoo beat. The Rockers encouraged the crowd to participate, and placed some of their costumes on bystanders, encouraging them to dance in the parade. The celebration lasted well into the night, and was a successful ending to the Goombay festival.