Sunday 29 November, 2020

Barbadian X Factor winner and Rihanna went to the same school

RAK-SU: Winners left to right: Myles, Ashley, Jamaal and Mustafa (Photo credit: WENN)

RAK-SU: Winners left to right: Myles, Ashley, Jamaal and Mustafa (Photo credit: WENN)

Combermere students keep having that X Factor it seems.

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Whether students attend The Combermere School for a year or four or a full five or seven years, it seems as though they are truly destined to go ‘Up and On’.

The latest Barbadian to have his name plastered across the media internationally also hails from the University of Waterford, another name for The Combermere School, which also informally is known as Cawmere.

Just as superstar Rihanna migrated before finishing her studies at the Waterford-located secondary school, Jamaal Shurland, who won X-Factor UK on Sunday, December 3, 2017, is no different. Well, maybe a little, he left the school at the age of 12-years-old. So he was not steeped in tradition, but he walked the hallowed halls and wore the uniform.

Other young famous Combermerians:

1. Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty

2. Kraigg Brathwaite

3. Andre ‘DJ Puffy’ Parris

4. Taisha Carrington

5. Miss Universe Barbados 2017 Lesley Chapman-Andrews

6. Carlos Brathwaite

7. And now Jamaal Shurland.

They are truly living out the School Song lyrics - 'Lives are in the making here, Hearts are in the waking here, Mighty undertaking here, Up and on, Up and on'.

Congrats again to Jamaal!

Facts about the Barbadian winner

1) Jamaal is the lead singer in the winning group of four – Rak-Su.

2) He also pens lyrics and carries the title songwriter.

3) Ironically, the kid from the University of Waterford (The Combermere School) moved to Watford, London. And just as many make life-long friends at The Combermere School in Waterford, in Watford Jamaal became childhood friends with the other band members - Ashley Fongho, Myles Stephenson and Mustafa Rahimtulla.

Coincidence? He went from Waterford to Watford... so weird!

Anyways, the R&B group has not only taken the 2017 X Factor title, they are currently dominating the iTunes Top 10 list, with five separate songs in the chart.

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