The Christian community will again be represented in this year’s Crop Over Festival.
For example, there is no stopping the Walk Holy band which plans to hit the road on Kadooment Day, depicting the theme More Than Enough Part 2.
The band joins the parade from Warrens, St Michael and members will do their depiction in three sections: section one, the Pink Segment which speaks of those Barbadians who were retrenched; section two which is called Tools of Trade and seeks to remind people that God has already given them the resourcefulness from which to draw to generate income, and section three which is known as More Than Enough.
According to band coordinator Kathy-Ann Weekes, this is a natural flow from having the Tools of Trade.
“As a result of having the tools of trade, you can use them to have more than enough for you, your family and set up your own enterprise,” Weekes explained.
She said section three is a celebratory segment and two also reflects that aspect of the National Anthem which says ‘The Lord has been the people’s guide, for the past three hundred years; with Him still on the people’s side, we have no doubts nor fears; upwards and onward we shall go, inspired, exalted, free and greater shall our nation grow in strength and unity’.
This is about the 13th year that the Walk Holy band has been playing mas on Kadooment Day.
One of the aims of its participation is to demonstrate that one can enjoy oneself and parade without the lewdness which is so prominent in the festival and also to reach out to people along the route and witness Christ to them through pamphlets or conversation.
Those taking part will be well fed and refreshed and will be able to wear costumes that fit their pockets.
Those who want to know more or get involved can call the band office at 4262443, send an email to –[email protected], or call Kathy Ann on her cell at 2450396.
Christians will also be actively involved in the calypso portion of Crop Over through The Experience, the first calypso tent of Christians in the Caribbean and the world.
The tent will be pitched with its full line-up tomorrow night at 7 o’clock at the Ball Park Events & Entertainment Centre [the old Ocean Park], east of the Newton, Christ Church roundabout and just before the entrance to Chickmont.
The artists down to perform include Sean Apache Carter, Billboard Billboard Murrell, Cherise Cherise Hope Maynard, Ron De Black Eagle Clarke, Kennedy De Doctor Springer, Samantha Sammijane Williams and Margaret Enobong Holder.
Others in the lineup are Alvin De Salt Trotman, Julianna Juel Trotman, Norman Njeri Knight and Rev. Pierson Rev. Pierson T Scantlebury.
This is The Experience tent’s 12th year in Crop Over and patrons can look forward to enjoying an evening of wholesome calypso and a 100 per cent clean MC.
Admission to the tent is free of charge, even though financial contributions are welcome.
The songs which the tent has so far recorded are Apache’s More Than Enough, Billboard’s Damage and Too Much Owing, Sammijane’s Crime Does Pay, Doing Something Wrong, and Festival of Praise, Juel’s The Complainers and Uncle Roy, Rev. Pierson T’s One Step Jesus, De Doctor’s More Love, Cherise Hope’s My Faith, and Njeri’s Bajan Pan Man and Stewardship.
The vision of The Experience tent is to influence positive change in Barbados, the Caribbean and the world, through the medium of calypso.
That’s it for now. Blessings!