Exactly three weeks after the private promoter Premier Events pulled out of this year’s Cohobblopot, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) today announced an all-Bajan cast for the staging of a more financially prudent August 3 event at the Kensington Oval.
Organizers of the show, which has in the past featured several top regional and international acts, such as Machel Montano, Pitbull and Lil Jon, have picked up perfomance tags of the order of $30,000 to $50,000 each for these acts.
Though declining to reveal the financial details surrounding the staging of the event, Cranston Browne, the chief executive officer of the NCF said the show would go on, despite budget constraints.
As a means of keeping costs down, he however revealed that this year’s Cohobblopot would have an all-Bajan cast.
One of the highlights will also be a special tribute to five Barbadian acts: Lil Rick, Red Plastic Bag, Biggie Irie, SoKa Kartel and rising stars Lead Pipe And Saddis (otherwise known as Porgie And Murda).
Some of the island’s other top entertainers are also to perform.
The theme is Five Star Quality, The Galaxy Edition.
Encouraging all Barbadians to come out and support the show, Browne said all systems were on track for the event, which he expected to be of high quality.
The pull-out of Premier Events had fuelled speculation that in the 40th anniversary of Crop Over, one of the country’s premier cultural shows might not be held. But speaking this morning at a Press conference, Browne said “we felt an obligation to the people of Barbados and to our commitment to the festival that we will proceed and stage Cohobblopot this year”.
“I think in the 40th year of Crop Over it is our way to say that we have come of age and we are proud to put on an all-star Barbadian cast and produce an event that will make all Barbadians proud,” the CEO told Crop Over stakeholders at the NCF’s West Terrace, St James office.
Starcom Network Inc. advertising manager Vilmore Johnson represented title sponsor HOTT. He too implored patrons to support the show while expressing disdain that, in the 40th year of Barbados’ national festival, producers of Cohobblopot had to struggle to the point that there were doubts the event would come off.
“. . . An event which was one of the marquee events in the past. Therefore, it is important for us to make sure that this event is kept. There is a saying that life begins at 40; so therefore we have to ensure that all the events that happen during this period . . . do not die but be given new life and identity . . . ,” Johnson said.
“. . . That is why I think it is important for us to look at the context and the circumstances under which we find ourselves in 2014 and continue to find ways to make it happen –– in terms of answering the call for assistance, because we as stakeholders have a keen interest in making sure that this treasured activity remains on the Crop Over calendar,” he added.