The sweetest summer festival Crop Over is just about here, and one performer ready and raring to go is veteran soca artist and producer Blood.
When Bajan Vibes caught up with the man who is never short of surprises with his music or ever daring hairstyles, he declared: “I have been preparing for Crop Over for quite a while now!”
He is usually the one to jump-start the festival, dropping his music as soon as the Barbados Reggae Festival is out over. This year he is even earlier, having his official music drop on Tuesday, April 28. But Blood and his Soka Kartel, in conjunction with 98.1 FM, will be having a live launch party of their compilation at the Wildey Gymnasium on May 1.
“The launch of the compilation, which is called Abracadabra #themagicofcropover, will coincide with the final 98.1 The One Pop Up Party. We hope to start the launch at 7:30 with performances by the artistes, and later in the night have a jam party, with Soka Kartel hitting the stage. You can also anticipate hearing at least one or two of our new releases in the set,” Blood announced.
The Abracadabra compilation this year features Blood, Faith Callendar, Summa, D2.5, Livia, Soka Kartel, Queen T, Brett, Keda, Paula Dion, Peter Ram, Verseewild, Shanz, Cameraman, Shirley Stewart, Tonieka, Bobo, Smokey Burke and Bumba.
Right now there is no CD of the compilation.
“I was working hard towards having a hard copy available for the launch,” Blood said, “but things have not worked out as planned. But you can look for a hard copy very soon. The music will be available on www.faluma.com.”
The soca artist said Bajans could expect “a good couple of songs”.
“I have produced a few and I have also sung on riddims sent to me. I have a few ragga/sweet soca tracks, including one written by Trudi Yarde called Giving Thanks, that I think will do exceptionally well. I also have another colab with Faith Callender; and that is rocking. I have one uptempo, and that is called Let It Go,” the veteran artiste divulged.
Blood also told Bajan Vibes he was planning to compete in all three National Cultural Foundation calypso competitions.
“I have my material ready,” he said.
And, as is customary, Blood working with new and young artists this year.
“I have a young lady who is going to be performing with House Of Soca, and she is new to the soca arena. Her name is Shanz.
“I have some people too who are not new artists, but new to the Reddhead family, and it will be interesting to hear and see how the response to their material will be.
“I have also worked with the Bajan legend Shirley Stewart this year,” Blood confirmed.