It will be a show to rival all others. According to organizers of the VOB’s 40th Anniversary Calypso Monarchs In Concert, the show will be unlike anything the Barbadian public has ever seen before. At a meet-and-greet with the artistes last Thursday, producer of the event, Ronnie Davis, told Barbados TODAY that the show would be a phenomenal one.
“We have brought back the best of the best, and it will be a great show. Everyone, young and old, will enjoy it,” Davis said.
The concert will feature 23 past Pic-O-De-Crop, Party and Sweet Soca monarchs, as well as Road March winners –– all on one stage.
Stalwarts like ten-time monarch Red Plastic Bag, nine-time monarch Gabby, reigning monarch Ian Webster, Alison Hinds, Grynner, Poonka, Blood, Mikey, Lil Rick, Kid Site, Ras Iley and others are expected to light up the National Stadium, where it all began 40 years ago.
“We never had a show before where all the monarchs came together and performed their winning songs,” said Davis. “So the public will be in for a treat; and some of the guys will also be bringing a few surprises.”
The lone female among the calypso monarchs, Queen Rita, will also make a special appearance. Rita, who arrived in the island yesterday, said she was looking forward to being back on stage.
“I am very excited to be performing again after all these years. The last time I was onstage would have been back in 2007,” she said.
The former monarch will perform her hit Can’ Party, which was penned by John King, whom she beat into second place 26 years ago, thus stirring up some controversy.
“It [was] a bittersweet situation. Very bittersweet. Things are etched in my memory up till now . . . . Sometimes you remember things, especially when they are bad. You don’t forget really, but you got to try and move on. That is what I did. If I’m not here, I don’t really remember; but once I come back to Barbados, I remember the situation,” Rita said yesterday.
Blood, who began his career with Sport Billie and as Young Blood back then, and who will be performing with his band Soka Kartel, expects a good show.
“I am looking forward to it, and it will be an honour to share the stage with some of the islands best stars.”
The event comes off Friday night at the National Stadium.