Crop Over definitely has a new Aura!
Ever since the island’s latest costume band was endorsed by international superstar Rihanna, it has been catching on to the point where bandleader Rondell Jones says he is simply blown away by the public’s reception.
“Lots of work went into this production. We have a really big team and we all out in 150 per cent to make sure everything was perfect and we are all satisfied with the presentation that we put out tonight,” said Jones, who spoke to Bajan Vibes at the official launch last Friday night at Copacabana which from all accounts was a tremendous success.
From the beautiful costumes to the beach setting, patrons were simply captivated by the new Aura.
“We wanted to come different. A lot of band launches in Barbados are indoor so we wanted to give them [patrons] a beach vibe,” Jones explained.
He said “the real warming feeling” for him and my team came at the end of the night “seeing people happy and enjoying themselves on the road, having the after party, that is the real satisfaction.
“It’s all about the people. We catered to about 1,000 to 1,200 persons, but I’m hearing that we had a lot more than that at the gates. We are very happy and appreciative of the persons who came out to see our showcase.”
But why “Aura”?
“We wanted something fresh and different. Something that gives off a different vibe, so what better name than Aura. Our Aura is bright, it’s beautiful. It can be happy and that’s what we give off, a happy and enjoyable experience. It’s the Aura experience,” he said.
The team consists of designers Lauren Austin of Barbados and Anya Ayoung-Chee out of Trinidad and Tobago. The management group includes Jones, Jarrod Ellias, Matthew Fewwture Ashby and Rorrey Fenty, brother of singing sensation Rihanna, which could explain her endorsement of the Crop Over band.
“It’s Aura for Crop Over!” Rihanna said in a video message released last month.
Since then, the emails and phone enquiries have been flooding in.
“It’s a really warming and humble feeling to hear her support us like that . . . and we are going to try to cater to as many people as possible, but we do want the experience to be intimate, enjoyable and happy. So that’s really our first objective.
“Maybe next year we can look to expand. But we really want to give our revelers to best experience,” Jones said.