Category: Crop Over

Two new junior calypso kings crowned

Barbados has two new junior calypso kings. A short while ago, Quon was crowned monarch in the 13-18 category following a keenly contested competition in which he rendered ‘Why I sing’. He also walked away with the coveted $2,500 cheque, trophy and other prizes at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. Second place in the 13-18 category went to Yahandje […]

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You are the future of calypso, King tells youths

Young calypsonians are being urged to stay in the game after they mature out of the Junior Monarch competition. Minister of Culture, Creative Economy and Sports, John King was giving a pep talk to the 16 finalists of the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition this morning before they battle it out at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium […]

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Pic-O-De-Crop calypso finalists announced

The nine finalists who will go up against reigning calypso king iWeb on August 3 in the Pic-O-De-Crop finals have been announced. They are from All Stars: Donella, Jude Clarke, Kid Site, Structure   Big Show: AC, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Mr Blood House of Soca: Billboard Super Gladiators: Smokey Burke The Reserve is Colin Spencer of All […]

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Who shall the lucky nine be?

This Friday night 18 hopeful calypsonians will take to the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex seeking to be among the nine that make it out of the semifinal and into the ‘Big Yard’ of the Pic-O-De-Crop Final. The 18 are Cave Shepherd All Stars’ Charisma, Colin Spencer, De Announcer, Donella, Jude Clarke, Kid Site, Raheem and […]

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A new Mikey

Former Party and Sweet Soca Monarch and finalist in the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca competition Michael Mikey Mercer told the media that he won’t be the same in this year’s Crop Over as he has enhanced his relationship with God. He was speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the drawing of the positions for Soca Royale, set to kick off on July 29 at Bushy Park. […]

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Talented Darkus

Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Darkus Forde is a first-time entrant in the Bashment Soca competition with his song Spin It. He spoke to Bajan Vibes about his journey in the soca arena. Q: Who is Darkus?  A: Darkus is a versatile well-rounded artist, well known but underrated. Q: If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be? A:  Humble, Positive and […]

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Rise in security

In light of recent violent incidents at entertainment events, organizers of RISE: Soca Kingdom featuring Machel Montano and Super Blue on July 31st at the Kensington Oval are assuring patrons that they are taking extra security measures to ensure safety. That guarantee was given by event producer Mastermind Creative Productions. Speaking on the behalf of the group Kirk […]

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iWeb not M.I.A for Pic-O-De-Crop

Reigning calypso king Ian iWeb Webster has ended public speculation over whether or not he will be defending his Pic-O-De-Crop crown. Earlier today he confirmed to Barbados TODAY that he would definitely be in the August 3 line up at the Kensington Oval, explaining that he was strongly encouraged to compete by both his fans […]

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New take on the labour riots

The story of the labour riots will be told through a new lens on July 26 at the Frank Collymore Hall. The Crop Over Evening of Folk, one of the festival’s calendar events, has the theme What’s Good for the Goose: Love and War. The annual theatrical event will explore the 30 year-period between 1937 to 1967 […]

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18 calypso monarch semifinalists announced

The semifinalists in this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop calypso monarch competition have been announced with the Cave Shepherd All Stars claiming the majority or eight of the 18 places. The announcement was made in the wee hours of today by the National Cultural Foundation’s Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington. The semifinalists are as follows: From the Cave […]

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Off to the finals!

The positions have been drawn and the 16 young calypsonians of the  Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition are preparing for the soca showdown on July 21 at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. There was no sense of nervousness at the Scotiabank Sky Mall Haggett Hall branch this morning as competitors for the 7 to 12 and the 13 to 18 age […]

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Juniors pull out the stops

The Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals is shaping up to have keen contests in both categories. Based on the performances of the juniors last Sunday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the Saturday, July 21 competition at the Wildey Gymnasium should be a captivating display of young talent. The 25 semi-finalists would have made the judge’s task difficult as every contestant […]

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Aura dethrones Erup

‘Aura Fa Crop Ova’ was the chant by the audience last weekend in the Sheraton Mall car park for the second edition of Battle of the Bands: Best of the Best. Last year’s Battle of the Bands winner, Erup The Band, was dethroned by the two-year-old Aura Experience. The colourful costume designs, the high energy and captivating performances of the […]

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Edwin and Marzville get major recognition abroad

Last night Edwin Yearwood and Marzville received major accolades for their contributions to the development of the region’s soca scene at the 15th Annual International Soca Awards, which was held at Bay Gardens, Castries, St Lucia. Boasting of more than 30 years in the business, Yearwood, affectionately known here as The General, received the Lifetime Achieve Award.  The […]

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Republic Bank launches Mini Kadooment in Bridgetown

Bridgetown was transformed into a mini Kadooment as the Republic Bank launched the crème de le crème event which closes the Crop Over festival. Many onlookers lined Broad Street to get a glimpse of the dancers from Rhythm Tribe as well as the colourful costumes from various representatives of the local masqueraders’ community. Included in the fun and frolic […]

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Crop Over reversal

It’s back to Friday for the Pic-O-De Crop calypso finals. And even though reigning Calypso Monarch Ian iWeb Webster is yet to decide whether or not he will defend his crown, he immediately gave the thumbs up to the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) announcement today that after consulting with stakeholders, the island’s biggest calypso competition would […]

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Pic-O-De-Crop Finals set tor Friday, August 3

The Pic-O-De Crop Finals is back to being held on the traditional last Friday of the Crop Over festival, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has announced.In a statement detailing changes to the final weekend of the festival, the NCF said the battle of the island’s top calypsonians would take place on Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. at Kensington Oval.In […]

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