It was billed as the “mega cavalcade”, but from all reports Crop Over 2016 got off to a low-keyed start on Friday night, as the first event on the official calendar came off at the Briar Hall playing field in the heart of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley’s Christ Church West Central constituency.
Well past 9:30 p.m. patrons were still strolling into the event, which attracted a much smaller crowd than last year’s heavily patronized event in Queen’s Park, The City. This led many on the night to question the wisdom of the move to Briar Hall.
Nonetheless, those patrons who came early were treated to the sweet sounds of the Harrison College Steel Orchestra, a performance from Dancin Africa and a display of costumes from three Foreday Morning bands.
The new artiste segment this year consisted of three artistes Stathis, Chenice and Rhea. They performed well and should be commended, especially Chenice, who was a joy to watch and listen to, displaying much confidence on the stage. Definitely one to watch for the future!
The Energy Band, one of the backing bands on the night, also performed creditably even though their frontline, which includes Kirk Brown, Imani and new addition, Sanctuary, lacked some of the chemistry that was very evident last year when they thoroughly impressed with former two-time calypso monarch iWeb as part of their line-up. He was noticeably absent this time around.
It was therefore left to the stalwarts to hype up the show, including Don Trent, Damien Marvay, Leadpipe and Saddis, King Bubba, Stiffy, Hypasounds, Lil Rick, Edwin Yearwood and Peter Ram who brought the event to a close just after midnight.
On a positive note, there were no disruptions on the night as police kept close watch of the proceedings.
Look out of the full review in Wednesday’s edition of Bajan Vibes.