Submitted by Napolean Bonaparte
Think it was Ian Webster the calypsonian who first penned that Barbados is quickly becoming a nation of shows. Why almost every fortnight now, one could hear of regional artists especially from the Land of many rivers and the Land of Iwor who seems to love a regular weekend trek to this Land of austerities and quick money to be made, bungie-ing. Somehow, not many of our troubadours repatriate with equal fervor.
Bajans as always, are only too willing to accommodate and pay dearly to hear “put your rag in the air and jump and wave.” So why should we be complaining, after all Bajans’ new money is being circulated (passing from land to land), Vat is being collected, at 17.5% and most of all much needed spin off employment is being generated from these flings. What about the more farinaceous, the forex? It is a well know fact that these entertainers often ask that they be paid in US currency for ease of transport and whatever else. More so, how about this new silage mentality now well entrenched in the party hearty of spend, spend, spend, even borrow if must?
Very often attendance at these shows go way beyond a $100 ticket, VIP $300, especially if one has to get their locks ’palm rolled’ and a snazzy new outfit to match. Don’t talk about if you are a female. We looking at in addition to the costs of her financier, nails, hairdo, shoes and of course ‘big drinks’ money that is a must-have to ‘max out the occasion. We talking about $1,500.00 easy depending where from the social stratum you belong. Taking note from a certain PS who recently commented in one of her recent free melodic dispatches, this administration is looking on. Eagerly too one can assume given that the Budget coming sometime soon after all the festivities. Iwor, Bungie and the F_in Lyons beware, new washers could very well soon be placed in the green-back tap.
Topping Big Spends will be the Rhianna Show on November 2nd. If the spend at her last gig is anything to go by, the average middle class female shall be spending $1,500 and her accomplice $900 EZ.