Red Plastic Bag is ready for the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals on Friday night.
The nine-time Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch told Barbados TODAY that he is bringing a new song named Thanks To Calypso for the competition.
He also said the song is about his 30 years in calypso, which he said brought him out of the wilderness and gave him a national voice.
“It is a very emotional song capsuling the 30 years I spent in calypso. I am thanking calypso for what it has done for me. I am very happy and excited about the song and performing it,” he said.
Bag said he wrote the song about six weeks ago when he was flying into London.
Explaining the origins of the new song, Bag said while in a moment of reflection on the plane, he realise how much of what he had achieved in life was due to the artform. Similar to his other finals entry A Royal Visit, Thanks To Calypso was arranged by Nicholas Brancker.
He noted that it was because of calypso he had travelled all over the world, and had performed at places including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Centre, Central Park, and all of the major stages across the world, including in Australia, China, and California.
In choosing to sing his new composition the veteran performer has replaced Feting, which he sang at the Pic-O-De-Crop semi finals.
He said he rehearsed the new song today for the first time with the Festival Band and it went well.
RPB noted that Barbados’ calypso audience had a specific type of song in mind for Pic-O-De-Crop and that Feting did not necessarily fall into that category.
“We are closing our minds about what calypso is. We have a view as to what a song it. There is a traditional idea that there is a particular song we are supposed to bring to Pic-O-De-Crop and that has to change. Every song has to be judged for what it is worth and how the story is told,” he said.
“Once the song meets the judging criteria, that is what is required. We can’t just hold on to what it used to sound like. We have to open our minds to new things to allow the music to develop instead of just focusing on what the music was.” (DS/LB)