Not happy with it!
That’s how veteran broadcaster and host of the popular Festival Stage programme on CBC TV, Admiral Nelson, has reacted to the list of semifinalists for the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions.
Nelson described the choices as puzzling and asked: ‘What are the people in Barbados really doing?’
He said they were many discrepancies in the competition and sought to explain how.
“I will tell you what I have noticed. Last year, we had a Sweet Soca song winning Party Monarch and this is because I think the guys are manipulating the system. If, for instance, the cut-off point as it is this year is 130 BPMs (beats per minute) for Sweet Soca, anything above that is party. Now that is foolishness. You cannot let
1 BPM determine whether you have a party or ragga song,” Nelson stressed.
He said he had an official BPM counter, so some of the choices in each category were confusing to him.
“I have a programme here that allows me to check it. I do mixes and stuff so I sometimes need to know what my beats per minute are. The Party [Monarch] is supposed to be 130 and above, which I think is so much folly. It’s incredible.”
“Feting Mode by Sanctuary would only have qualified by two or three BPMs above the 130, but is more suitable for Sweet Soca than it is for Party. Now here is the folly in this. Look at King Bubba’s Mash up ‘When I Touch Down’ that is in Party Monarch [and] is 129 BPMs. How on earth did that get in Party Monarch?
“Whole Night by King Bubba is 128 BPMs and yet did not get in Sweet Soca. This is nonsense! These are things that I cannot understand,” he said.
He added: “Hypasounds’ ‘How She Like It’ is a 134 BPMs. So if that’s 134 that is going into Party but at the same time you got Lil Rick doing We Bizness
and that is 156 BMPs. Gym Instructor is 128 BMPs but yet, for whatever reason, was not chosen and Gym Instructor is one of the most popular songs that is
This pushed Nelson to pose the question: “How do these guys come up with these beat per minute?”
“I don’t understand it at all. So now what you have is a situation where, the Party Monarch is not clearly defined. It’s easier to define the Sweet Soca because it falls below the 130. This is puzzling, man,” he vented.
Nelson accused the artistes of speeding up songs that were originally written as Sweet Soca, simply to make the cut in the other competition.
Addressing the quality of Party music being released in Barbados, Nelson said the majority of the songs were of poor lyrical content, which did not speak well for the country.
“I find that all the Party songs that have been coming out of Barbados speak to one or two things, ‘hands on the road’, that type of thing or ‘hold up yuh bumpa lemme wine, I gine mash up, I gine mash up, I gine mash up’, and that’s why you see they aren’t many Party songs. Barbadian artistes seem to think that social commentary lyrics are a detriment to a party song.”