On an occasion when ten combined calypso kings and queens of the annual Crop Over festival graced the Sea Rocks Dome stage, fans were treated to an absolutely big show last night.
RPB, Adonijah, Serenader, Edwin Yearwood, Gabby, TC, Mr. Dale, Biggie Irie, Nathalee and Mikey represented the best of the Pic-O-De-Crop, Party Monarch, Sweet Soca and Road March competitions, and together with Pompey, Classic, Don Trent and Jamal Slocombe, gave the First Citizens, Digicel Big Show a grand opening at the Barbados Beach Club.
Adonijah was in military mood with his Marching Song directed by the country’s Opposition Leader to the political leader to not only “left, right, left, right, left, right” but in actuality to left right now. It earned him an encore.
He completed a good night with a moving piece, aptly named Blues, with a tinge of the blues but its calypso foundation very much in tact, in tribute to the late Selwyn “Blues” Knight.
Serenader personified melody in both his selections Mortar Pestle Man and Sardines, a timely reminder that calypso is not all about seriousness but it is also about having fun.
Calypso, especially in competition, is also about the ability to “hold a note” and in both Singing Competition and Sweet Kind Of Way the inimitable Biggie Irie demonstrated the type of vocalization to be envied.
TC returned to the stage and had lots of fun with Under The Influence. Also returning to the stage was Gabby with a thought-provoking piece entitled Reparation.
Mister Dale’s Celebrate is a happy, feel-good song, and he showed that onstage, and fans felt it offstage.
He does not yet qualify to be among the tent’s monarchs but Classic is among their stars and he took the proverbial roof off Sea Rocks Dome with the tongue-in-cheek In Bed Together.
And there was still a lot more in store.
Please see Bajan Vibes on Wednesday for full review.