2019 Crop Over – Eat Drink and be Merry

2019 Crop Over has started its long climate starting with Pic-o-de-Crop Finals last night – Classic won – followed by Foreday Morning Jam. Today will be the street fair Bridgetown Market on the Mighty Gryner Highway and street party Kadooment on Monday.

Thousands of Barbadians and visitors have taken the opportunity to visit at this time of year. In recent days business establishments, seasides, roadways and sights of interest have been jammed.

Have a safe Crop Over Barbados!

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  • @Hants

    It is ironic that Mikey and Lil Rick came first and second with uptempo songs when the expectation was that groovy soca would have dominated. The most popular tune of the festival was Sometimes by Leadpipe.

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  • @ David,

    Hopefully they will go back to 2 competitions.

    I would like to know what the criteria was for judging given the distinct difference between power soca and groovy soca.

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  • @Hants

    The usual presentation, rendition, lyrics etc.

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  • David i hate to break reality but not all
    Some are from barbados also all dripping in sexual content

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  • You do not know about two sons, what the hell do you know. The blogmaster is not aware of any sexually explicit videos being circulated. Put up or shut up.

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  • David BU

    By now you should have become accustomed to Mariposa’s M.O……. politicize EVERY issue and criticize just for the sake of being critical.

    If Crop Over 2019 was recognized as a resounding success by stakeholders and participants in the festivities, she would find some silly reason to say it was unsuccessful, because the praises would be aligned to the BLP.

    As you correctly stated, many of the videos and photos of lewd behaviour circulating on social media are from the recently concluded carnivals, such as SVG’s “Vincy Mas, St. Lucia Carnival and Saba Summer Festival, which ended in July……. and Antigua Carnival, Statia (St. Eustatius) Carnival and Nevis Culturama, which concluded on August 5 ………… the same time as our Crop Over.

    I saw a video in which a boy no older than 10 years was seen gyrating behind a young girl dressed in a black swim suit. A woman came, “grabbled” the boy and placed him on the side-walk. This video originated in Antigua.

    There weren’t any significant differences between the costumes for “Kadooment” 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 and “Kadooment” costumes for 2019. For the past few years people have been complaining about the price of joining a “Kadooment” bands especially since many of the costumes are being made primarily of beads and feathers.

    I’m not suggesting there weren’t any lewd behaviour exhibited by independent “revellers” or those who were members of bands, as this is a common occurrence each year …….. and the NCF and RBPF should find some method to “nip this lewdness the bud” before it escalates any further.

    However, to “say” that this was “the worst Crop Over ever,” is silly and should be dismissed as pure political “poppy-cock,” especially when one considers it is a political yard-fowl that made the comment.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal Austin August 7, 2019 5:31 AM “Are we going to discuss the death of Toni Morrison, her works and their contribution to the Barbados literary canon? ”

    Can you please explain how Toni Morrison’s works are a contribution to the BARBADOS literary canon?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Mariposa August 7, 2019 11:58 AM “lewd and disgusting…People who engaged in these sexual acts should be found and prosecuted.”

    Dear Mariposa: Less we forget. We all came into this world through lewd, and disgusting sexual acts. Our children all came by the same route too, unless we have all had test tube babies, and even so the father would have had to engage in a lewd and disgusting sexual act prior to the making of the test tube baby.

    Stupssseee!!!

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  • Politicized
    Wuh lies dont eye
    Worst crop over ever

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  • @Artax

    There is a group to be found on Facebook where ac revels with them to highlight all things negative about Barbados. This us how they remain relevant. Let her describe one scene from any of the videos if she dares.

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  • mass hysteria laughable

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  • The video says all about the participants. All
    Worn out! disorganized! But not to be left out the pooch back sexual gyrations

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  • maybe the barbados organizers can take some tips for next crop over Carnival

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  • Its all about proper planning and organisation

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  • David BU

    I would love to read that facebook page. But she’s only performing the duties as mandated by her George Street paymasters.

    However, there wasn’t anything in the video she posted that could be described as significantly different from previous years.

    The following showing Crop Over 2014, 2015 and 2016. Check the costumes and behavior of the revelers.

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  • She has to pull back because her comments were fueled by those videos from other carnivals.

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  • Not pulling back or backibg away
    This year the organization was less than stellar
    The band dancers look tired and wirn out
    What was to be proper coordination between dancers and the bands look like mayhem

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  • “The band dancers look tired and wirn out. What was to be proper coordination between dancers and the bands look like mayhem.”

    Soooooo……

    Would this not be the fault of the bands members?

    You silly appallingly ignorant DLP yard-fowl………. you are scaping the bottom of the barrel and grabbing at straws.

    What happened to the large corporation of which you said you’re the manager?

    It must be managing the idiots following you on that facebook page.

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  • Artax i bet u one of those persons who looks like an idiot when dressed
    Since you dont seem to know the meaning of coordination
    Fool

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  • It should be obvious to all that the festival needs to be quickly rebranded. The original concept was abandoned a long time ago. The festival is now a collection of fetes.
    The question is: Does the festival really represent our culture in a multi-dimensional way?

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  • Crop Over is illustrating our culture exactly.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, rebranded how in your view?

    At conceptualization “Burning Mr Harding” or the hard times of the crop season was catchy but that soon was accepted as but one (non undesirable: the fire ) dimensional aspect of the Crop Over experience.

    The Kadooment festivities is also but one dimension of Crop Over!

    Yes there are lots of fetes but in the main the over all event (including: Calypso competition and creativity of the songs, artistry of band leaders costume designs, etc) does reflect – as the Blogmaster suggests – ‘we culture’; where that can be defined as: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group.

    We can’t look only at the base level sexually themed displays and cringe or dismiss the festival out of hand.

    When all is said and done the event provides a release for all Bajans as all such events do for their peoples… it’s also about artistic creativity, commerce and driving new visitors and all that… so, surely if you want to rebrand from Crop Over then find a truly creative new theme and message but what exactly do you perceive that you (the authorities) can recreate that will be so different and yet generate the buzz and attention!

    I gone.

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  • “Artax i bet u one of those persons who looks like an idiot when dressed. Since you dont seem to know the meaning of coordination.”

    “I feel fuh you” …….you couldn’t find anything to criticize about Kadooment, so you had to come with some petty nonsense about bands being disorganized.

    So, once again I ask you, whose fault is it if, according to you, the bands were disorganized?

    For years the bands parade in an orderly manner in front the judges at the stadium and then they enjoy themselves jamming on the way to the highway.

    Come with constructive criticisms.

    And, yes……

    You should know a thing or two about “looking like an idiot when dressed.” And if you speak similarly to how you phrase the sentences in your contributions to BU, I’m sure when people hear you speak and see you in that silly looking unkempt weave, they’ll say: “wuh looka da woman, she talking like uh fool and dressed like uh idiot.”

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  • William Skinner

    @ de pedantic dribbler
    A festival should embrace more than what we have now. There can be more community oriented features highlighting choral competitions centered on traditional folk songs and lore; stick licking competitions ; historical journeys exposing our youth to some aspects of our culture with which they are unfamiliar etc
    No where I am bashing anything. The more the community is involved the more authentic the festival becomes and would be more attractive to all.
    All festivals evolve but there must be something at the core that centers the festival.
    Thats my take. You will note that the general consensus is that the level of calypso has declined. You will note that the bands are getting smaller. You will note that there is a move to bring back cohoblopot etc.
    I agree with you that it’s a time to let go and enjoy ourselves. I do. But there is always a big picture. I’m quite hopeful that we can all make it better. I ain’t thrashing anybody. There are always tasteful skimpy costumes and then there is the ridiculous. It’s human nature!
    The flavor is weakening and has been for several years.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Ok @Skinner, well stated and in ur submission u highlighted the key problems with any big picture paintings: the intricacies and patterns are crucial to the picture but different patterns satisfy different people, yet the pict can still be lovely!

    The fact that Cohobblopot is considered for return is relevant to the point of change and MORE relevant to your key point of more artistic ‘patterning’ (so to say)…it WAS a key part years ago, not so …then some folks thought that pattern didn’t fit the big picture (based of feedback surely) and opted to shift that type of renderings to the NIFCA season (if my memory serves me well here)!

    Now another set of people or maybe many of that former set believe that pattern fits again…. the wonderous CHANGES OF LIFE!

    So I have no problem with your thrust of more community involvement etc … I simply ask: is that not where we started with Crop Over…and didn’t things fall by the way side as community interests morphed!

    And to your point of introducing young Bajans to cultural unknowns during this period…I would have to believe that continues apace!

    Certainly as a lad I grew my knowledge from folks palavering during the Crop Over…folks like historian Marshall and the folklorist a plenty like Adisa Andewle (alias M Richards) and others at NCF and beyond.

    I do get you … my only counterpoint, is that the festival has evolved from what u are asking for and indeed aspects of that do remain STILL…and yes surely we can boost more of those aspects or should I say popularize them better but frankly speaking its still the rough house and ribald calypsos and pretty lasses in attractive costumes (read as skimpy) that will generate the viral buzz.

    I gone, gone. Peace!

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  • This should help your research. Google “Barbados cropover 2019”.

    https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/travel/barbados-crop-over-2019/#456983

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  • Barbadians are hard mout and don’t want to learn nuttin
    They are satifisfied with mediocrity
    Copy cat attitudes ..actions.and behaviuor
    There is plenty on the island that is good and cultural easily available that can be used in artistically designing costumes during the festival
    Costumes designed with sea shells and other local produce attire lends itself to cultural expression
    But no Botsy cutters and g strings is as far as many designers would go

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  • “You will note that the general consensus is that the level of calypso has declined.”

    Mr. Skinner

    From whose perspective and where is the evidence?

    I read with interest your views on Crop Over and calypso, which I believe are based on you being overcome with NOSTALGIA ………. a sentimental longing and wistful affection for “Crop Over past.”

    Similarly, as with anything in life, and as dpD mentioned, the festival and calypso have evolved from what you are asking for.

    In 1982, for example, Red Plastic Bag initiated a “reformation” of calypso in Barbados, taking the art form to a completely different level. Since then, calypsonians were forced to compose songs with lyrics that were sensible and meaningful. Over the years there has been a consistent improvement in the quality of calypsos as well as the high standard in the level of performances during the competition.

    You “say” the level of calypso has declined. In 1978, Destroyer won the crown with a dub song called “I Man Bitter;” 1979, Mighty Liar with “She Want Pan” and “Nobody Don’t Like Me;” 1980, Black Pawn with “The Right to Criticize” and “Politician,” while Romeo won in 1981 with “Gem Gone” and “Brother Fuzzy.”

    Taking into consideration the high-level calypso has gone to, and especially after the emergence of RPB in 1982, do you really believe Destroyer, Liar, Black Pawn or Romeo could win a crown with those songs in these times?

    However, if you’re referring to the recent introduction of “bashment soca,” although I believe those songs are nonsense, having one beat and lyrically weak, whether we like it or not, this is what calypso has evolved to for the young people. “Bashment” caters to the youngsters, who are not necessarily interested in lyrics, but a “catch phrase” and “wukking up.” This music provides them with that opportunity. You also mentioned Bajan culture and interestingly, if you listen to them, those “bashment soca calypsos” have “pure” Bajan lyrics. There is a place in Crop Over for “bashment” and there’s a separate competition for that genre of music.

    So, I’ll have to disagree with “the general consensus that the level of calypso has declined.” There isn’t any evidence to support that opinion.

    Rather than trying to look at ways of improving the Crop Over festival, we are stuck in the past and more obsessed with “bringing back the old-time days” ………….

    ………… “carrying out” the sheep and goats; bringing water from the “stand pipe;” reminiscing about the days listening to Rediffusion………

    A place could be found in NIFCA or during the “Community Independence Celebrations” to “highlight choral competitions centered on traditional folk songs and lore; stick licking competitions; historical journeys exposing our youth to some aspects of our culture with which they are unfamiliar.”

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  • @Artax

    Well stated.

    The discussion and feedback will help to shape how bashment evolves. This is the music driving the festival at this time. The ensuing conversation is healthy.

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  • It seems like when a crticism is said about this year crop over this yarddog jumps the fence to attack
    The Worst Crop over. Ever costumes music
    So whats wrong with calling out the despicable displays .

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  • Bajan artist sounding lije Jamaicans and Trinidadians is an insult to educational system
    Much too often one can heard the vocal overtones of other countries in our locally produce music
    If barbados wants to display culture through art and music then they must stand on their own two feet

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  • Watching the pan-Am games. Our athletes may not be doing well, but Barbados is getting good international mention.

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  • @Artax

    The other point worth mentioning is that crop over should no be defined by mainly the music although we must admit it is the heartbeat. The minister seems up to trying different things, the fact he was an entertainer will be interesting to watch.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Artax

    I don’t recall comparing bashment with calypso. All of the calypsonians you mentioned were superb practioners of the artform. I am not suffering from nostalgia simply because I am very fond of the historical importance of our culture.
    From several rather public discussions on the radio I gather that the consensus was that the “bumper” sentiment in calypso needs to be abandoned because it has been overdone for the last twenty years. It was the same problem in Trinidad with the “wave yuh flag” thing.
    BTW , I consider Lil Rick to be an exceptional artiste.I have a very broad appreciation for all music.
    I rather enjoyed reading your response although I think that you kind of missed my major point.
    That point is: The festival is evolving but there is some concern that the evolution needs to be carefully harnessed and we must be creative and innovative with the product.
    On a side note: Gem Gone (Romeo)
    The country sick(RPB) Politician (Black Pawn) may perhaps win the crown easier today.

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  • David BU

    I agree “Crop Over should not be defined by mainly the music although we must admit it is the heartbeat.” Calypsos fuel the tents, fetes, calypso competitions, “Bridgetown Market” and “Kadooment Day.”

    I wasn’t too happy with the direction Crop Over was taking under former Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley. Too much T&T involvement and too many ill-advised and unnecessary changes and threats of boycotts each year, ending with numerous complaints.

    As you mentioned, since John King has experience in Crop Over and local music as an entertainer, I await his ideas and the direction he intends to take culture in Barbados. So far, the feedback on Crop Over 2019 has been good. I don’t know if you’ve heard any criticisms, but if you did, please share them.

    Mr. Skinner

    I did not miss your major point. The focus of my contribution was your comment re “the general consensus is that the level of calypso has declined,” to which I offered the following response:

    “However, if you’re referring to the recent introduction of “bashment soca,” although I believe those songs are nonsense, having one beat and lyrically weak, whether we like it or not, this is what calypso has evolved to for the young people.”

    Could please indicate to me where in my comment that could be interpreted as me “saying” you were comparing “bashment,” (which is also considered as calypso), with calypso?

    However, I agree with your comment re: “The festival is evolving but there is some concern that the evolution needs to be carefully harnessed and we must be creative and innovative with the product.”

    But how can the evolution be carefully harnessed, when we allow our FM radio DJs to feed people with a daily diet of Jamaican dance hall music and American rap and R&B that contain the artiste singing about acts of violence, smoking weed, shooting people, getting rich quick, vulgarity, sex, which sells?

    We must begin by teaching the youngsters about the history of Barbadian entertainers and their music, Crop Over, calypso and the importance of preserving our cultural heritage.

    For example, I remember as a youngster listening to men like Charlie Austin, Everton Chapman (of Charlie & the Cyclones), David Hunte, Keith Clinton (of “Flat Bush” fame), Richard Stoute and entertainers of their ilk, talking about performing on the hotel circuit, but having to change in storage rooms, closets or the toilets, because entertainment managers did not provide them with proper facilities.

    How about the struggles of calypsonians during the early years of “calypso tents?”

    Although these entertainers went on to make valuables contribution to all genres of local music, the initial struggles they endured and hurdles they had to climb to make Crop Over and the local music industry the success it is today should not be forgotten.

    Another thing that amazes me is, we have Barbadian promoters “bringing in” the SAME Jamaican artiste, under the SAME theme of “Vintage Reggae,” singing the SAME worn out “oldie goldie” tunes…….. to sell-out crowds, EVERY YEAR. Could you believe that, despite the number of calypsos produced for the Crop Over, we could still have Machel Mantano perform during our festival?

    I also believe Cohobblopot should be reintroduced on the Crop Over calendar.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Artax
    Great comment. I was not referring to bashment as the decline. I think that lyrically , we have declined some what against great numbers such as Can’t find me Brudduh(RPB) Jack (Gabby) and Its a Paradise(Ronnie Dee) etc.
    My major problem is that we just take too long to get into the story the calypso is supposed to convey.
    Check Sparrow on education. He starts Education Education and goes into the song. Check RPB on Hall: Me brother left home…….
    These examples denote proper writing.
    I think your comments about other cultures invading ours bear out my point about the importance of keeping our culture within the festival.
    I really don’t think we’re that far apart generally. I always pay close attention to your posts and make sure to treat them with respect when I respond.
    On another noteJust look at Oistins on Friday nights- we playing Doris Day , Connie Francis. No room for Draytons Two. We are killing our own culture on many levels.

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  • @Artax

    The main feedback related to Kadooment is that the system of judging the road march song needs to be improved. Also there is the growing trend of playing Trini music because many of the bands have a Trini influence.

    There is the idea to embrace other aspects of our culture outside of music.

    We need to engage the public in a process to elicit greater engagement by ordinary citizens outside those who like to fete.

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  • What feed back .just one look at the jump up on the street and the costume designs tells a story of an organization lacking in cultural ideas sufficient and enough to represent barbados or anything barbadian world wide
    One would think that a float having a signature costume of Mount Gay Rum would be in line with our tourism industry
    Wunna can cuss me all wunna want but instead of an improvement this year
    Visitors were given the same ole retread pooch back dancing and lucklustre music

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  • A lot of happy people.Hug this up haters.

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  • “Also there is the growing trend of playing Trini music because many of the bands have a Trini influence.”

    David BU

    Excellent comments……. and I agree with you.

    Why should bands parading in Crop Over be allowed to play Trinidad music ………. and why would Barbadians allow our national festival to have a Trini influence?

    The NCF needs to implement rules and regulations to prevent that nonsense from happening. We need to make harsh decisions. Bands playing Trini music should be asked to leave the parade.

    Interestingly, the newly introduced “one song” policy isn’t anything new. In January 2016, then Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, discussed some of the proposed changes for Crop Over 2016, including the singing of one song by calypsonians.

    Lashley also proposed changes for Crop Over in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, all of which ended in controversy. Recall he changed the Pic-O-De Crop calypso finals, which traditionally held on the Friday night before Kadooment to Saturday. This decision was reversed last year.

    He also visited Trinidad Carnival yearly saying he was making an aggressive marketing campaign in Trinidad and Tobago which would have resulted in more Trinidadians vising for Crop Over. Why only Trinidad and during their carnival.

    I believe Lashley was proposing all these changes perhaps to leave his legacy on the festival. But, let’s face facts, he was an ABYSMAL FAILURE as Minister of Culture and did not make any meaningful or significant changes to Crop Over or culture.

    Let’s wait and see what John King’s plans are for Crop Over and culture in general.
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    Mr. Skinner

    Thanks.

    Excellent comments as well.

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  • @Artax

    When you say A and B.

    Do you recall the period of the Trini Invasion Krosfyah, Square One, Rupee, Allison Hinds and several others dominated Trinidad carnival?

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  • @ David,

    “For the third consecutive year, Barbadian soca artiste Marzville will be vying for the 2019 Fantastic Friday International Soca Monarch.”

    February 10 at the Arima Velodrome, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago

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  • Good to know Hants. He has a good voice and melodic music.

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  • Bajans are part of the Trini music scene.

    De Red Boyz : Scott Galt & Mikey Hulsmeier
    Ukulele Man : Ian ‘Hoggit’ Alleyne

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  • I agree with making improvements and changes to Crop Over to make it bigger and better.

    Those of you living in Barbados can make suggestions.

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  • David BU

    Your original comment was about “the growing trend of playing Trini music because many of the BANDS have a Trini influence.”……….

    ……… and NOT Bajan entertainers performing during T&T’s carnival…….. nor did raise any objections about T&T entertainers performing during Crop Over.

    I’m aware that Bajan artiste perform in various carnivals in the region. For example, Krosfyah, “Leadpipe and Saddis” performed during Saba’s Carnival.

    My concerns were:

    (1). with all the calypsos produced during Crop Over, we abandoned Cohobblopot and replaced that event with a show featuring Machel Montano as the MAIN attraction.

    (2). since you mentioned the “growing trend of playing Trini music” and “bands having a Trini influence,” in MY opinion, I believe those bands should be asked NOT to participate in Kadooment. It is GROSS DISRESPECT to Barbados and Barbadians when people choose Trini music over Bajan music to “jam” during our national festival.

    I’m sure you’re aware of the “old saying” “give a man an inch and he will take a yard.” If this Trini influence is allowed to continue, people will expand on it each year until our festival becomes “Trini Carnival – Part II.”

    Therefore, within this context, the “Bajan invasion” and “Marzville vying for the 2019 Fantastic Friday International Soca Monarch” are irrelevant.

    Unless you’re suggesting Bajans and Trinis have the RIGHT to create bands with Trini influences and “jam” to Trini music on Kadooment Day, because Bajan entertainers perform during T&T’s carnival?

    Take “Bridgetown Market,” for example. If there are 500 stalls on the highway, 498 play Jamaica dance hall music for the ENTIRE DAY. All you can hear “bursting the speakers” is music from Vybes Kartel, Movado, Popcaan, Busy Signal, Masicka, Black Ryno, Deep Jahi, Jah Vinci and men of that ilk.

    And what about the FM stations? I remember hearing a DJ saying “I glad Crop Over dun, I now cud play some music.” Three days after Crop Over……… Michael Jackson and Vybes Kartel in yuh “RH.”

    In 1996 the “Trinidad & Tobago Soca Monarch” was rebranded “International Soca Monarch” to make regional and international entertainers ELIGIBLE to enter the competition. It was subsequently divided into two competitions, the “International Groovy Soca Monarch” for the slower calypsos and the “International Power Soca Monarch” for the up tempo calypsos.

    It is important to note that T&T’s Calypso Monarch competition is reserved for Trinis.

    I attended several regional carnivals, including St. Kitts & Nevis, SVG “Vincy Mas,” St. Lucia, Saba Summer Festival, St. Eustatius, Anguilla Summer Festival, Antigua and Montserrat. Although regional entertainers may perform during their carnivals, these islands place a particular emphasis on preserving their cultural heritage.

    I don’t believe I’m being unreasonable in wanting Barbados to do likewise.

    Let everyone come to Barbados to participate and enjoy Crop Over. The more people attending, the bigger the event and the better for our economy.

    However, Kadooment is indigenous to Barbados and it should remain that way.

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  • @Artax

    The logic to introducing Machel to replace Cohoblopot possibly had to do with making the festival self financing. Crop Over is rumored to generate 80 million in turnover but not to benefit the NCF as far as financing the several activities.

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  • The NCF could stipulate that the bands on Kadooment day can only play Bajan soca by Bajan artistes.

    The Trinis can perform at the big fetes like Soca universe and Rise.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    Crop Over is a Barbadian festival of international repute. It has certainly exceeded our expectations. It is essentially Bajan. All festivals and the dancing , which is an important part , reflect a significant element of sexual suggestion. It has always been so regardless of time, geographical location and ethnicity.

    So it has evolve and will continue to evolve. There should be little interference from officialdom. Culture cannot be dictated. It emanates from the soul of the people. If the masses are happy, why should we not be ?

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  • @Vincent

    Yes and know.

    There is aspects to anything that must be managed.

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  • Visions, visions, grand visions and not a grain of reality.

    …. please note the perhaps …
    Perhaps the average jump-upper 😊 is not interested in ‘culture’.

    Perhaps the intrusion of music from other lands shows (1) a disconnect between our musicians and the locals, or (2) a clear separation between the local and others performers …

    Fix has to come from the musicians

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ TheoGazerts at 4:02 PM

    Please note that the” jump upper” does not need to be interested in culture ,he is the embodiment of it. He expresses it.

    It is the similarity of culture that makes the assimilation of music from “other lands “easy. It is the natural African response to the rhythm of the drums.

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  • @ David August 9, 2019 3:12 PM

    During the recent crop-over festival no one spared a thought for poor Donville, himself a well-known party animal.

    None of his former ‘fair-weather’ friends saw it fit to publicly enquire into the Don’s wellbeing.
    Not even his much maligned former boss Fumble was prepared to show a measure of compassion after being chiefly instrumental in catching this potential jailbird.

    Oh, how the loquacious mighty has fallen!

    The former kingpin of braggadocio must be in an awful state- both physically and psychologically-after falling into national grace just because of his ‘greedy’ thirst for thirty-six pieces of $1,000.00 denominated nuggets of kickback silver.

    But as the old folks used to say it takes a sprat (small fry money) to catch a whale who was swimming in the ocean of ministerial corruption for many a year going back to his halcyon days as the MoH.

    The poor fella, why is he being made, quite deliberately, an example of?

    Aren’t the local enforcement authorities going after his accomplices in the pursuit of Justice instead of charging working-class men for saving foreign exchange by locally cultivating and producing marijuana which is now a recreational mainstay of the Crop-over festival?

    To the ‘down-and-out’ Don, just remember that when you were smiling the whole of Barbados used to smile with you.

    Now that you are solely up an American creek without a paddle to buy off, don’t expect your ‘grassy’ ass to be saved by your PM friend’s interference.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Miller August 9, 2019 11:16 PM “During the recent crop-over festival no one spared a thought for poor Donville,”

    Clearly you haven’t heard Classic’s song, “One Song”

    Donville is immortalised in that song.

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  • @Vincent
    I think we share similar opinions.

    I am doubtful if a country can (or should attempt) to protect its culture by limiting it exposure to outside influences. What some sees as protection. others may see as imposition of stifling rule that are stunting the growth or the evolution of the culture. Somethings may be good for touris but that does not mean it is good for us or it is “we ting”.

    Changes can be difficult to accept but culture is not static. Nothing is wrong with borrowing a bit from here or there. And if we are borrowing too heavily, then what is being pushed as the national culture may be out of sync with the nationals feeling.

    You wanna claim you are a big boy? Well stop crying and get out there.

    Have a great day VC

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  • Fear of competition. Pull up the drawbridge.

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  • Fear of competition. Pull up the drawbridge. (Quote)

    I can’t believe this is the same man who is always talking about the “new Barbadians” and their influence on Barbados in the future.

    SMH.

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  • The Minister of culture has an opportunity to write his name on history’s page.

    He can make Crop Over 2020 the best ever.

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  • @Hants

    It will be BIG!

    #wegatherin

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