When the clock strikes midnight tonight, the world will be ringing in the New Year in fine fashion. For the big band krosfyah, it will be a celebration for an additional major reason. Krosfyah will be celebrating a quarter-century of making music and entertaining crowds all over the globe.
For the band’s lead singer Edwin Yearwood, it is a dream come true.
“As time went on, my dream was to make 25 years. For me, it’s a major achievement. I see people like Michael Jordan over the years who stuck with one team for the duration of his career.
“And in the day when I started to perform with bands, people were band-hopping. Some prominent artistes were going from band to band and they were really no stable bands. I just thought I should stay with a band and see how far it would go,” he said.
Edwin, who we have seen grow from strength to strength through the years, said anything could now happen from here.
“For me, it can continue. I wouldn’t want it to finish, but if it were to, I would feel that strong sense of achievement,” he told Bajan Vibes.
Still one of the biggest and most popular bands in the Caribbean, krosfyah gave us hit after hit through the years, some of which we all still jamming to today –– young and old: hits like Jammin’ Practice, Sak Passe, Yardie, Oba, Pump Me Up, among many others.
Edwin said the band’s reaching 25 years was phenomenal and that he highly doubted any other soca band could ever compare.
“For krosfyah, the biggest thing that ever happened to us was to be an independent label selling over 300 000 units of a CD on our own; getting a gold CD in Canada. Those are achievements I know for a fact will never be matched in soca music,” he said with a sense of pride.
For him, personally, his most memorable moment with the band was hearing the audience screaming for him. According to Edwin, it was a feeling like no other.
“There is no particular one outstanding moment. But one in particular I remember is in 1992 performing for a festival and going into George
Street Auditorium to perform with krosfyah; but when we finished rehearsing, I forgot something on the stage. When I went for it, people were already gathering inside the venue for the show. When I took it up, I heard a loud scream and I couldn’t understand what was going on. I started looking around to see if something had happen.
“I ran off the stage, just in case something did happen. When I went back out again to collect what I went for they screamed again. Then I started to realize they were screaming for me.
“So it felt good –– after someone had told me that I would never be successful in music. Those screams were for me,” Edwin recollected.
Now a seven-member band, krosfyah has sung its way through ups and downs and resignations, no rain able to stop that jam. Tonight the band will be celebrating here in Barbados where it all began.
“It’s always the place that you want to be,” explained Edwin. “Honestly, we could have been in Suriname. We had offers from St Maarten. We seriously gave it thought; but at the end of the day, what was going on here was basically the same thing. So why not do it at home and celebrate it with our people, because it started with them.
“To reach 25 years is great! It’s always fitting every year to celebrate with your family,” the singer said.
And while tonight’s celebrations will be considerably smaller than the band’s 21st anniversary party, Edwin said one could yet expect a grand time at Paulo’s Churassco do Brasil in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.
“There is always something special about krosfyah,” the lead singer added. “I believe that krosfyah is a unique musical situation and there is nobody that will come and do what we have done as a band. And you can always find something special from krosfyah when we hit the stage.
“For sure you would be in for a treat tonight –– with a few hints of what we are bringing for CropOver next year,” Edwin promised.
However big or small the celebration, hats off to krosfyah for a job well done! Cheers to its 25 years!