It proved to be the perfect blend of calypso and soca music last evening, as The Royal Barbados Police Force Band and some of the island’s top entertainers came together for the staging of the annual Crop Over in the City concert in Independence Square.
The free concert, hosted by the RPBF in conjunction with the National Cultural Foundation, attracted hundreds of soca lovers, eager for another taste of this year’s offerings, on the heels of the recent Mega Cavalcade held at Briar Hall, Christ Church.
Reigning Junior Monarchs Dynamo and Ah-Dee-Lah were first out the gate. They were followed by reigning Calypso Monarch Classic, who started out with last year’s hit song, In Bed Together, before titillating his audience with this year’s composition called Ease Up, which was well received by the audience.
Veterans Ronnie D, Adonijah, De Devil, Observer, and Gabby also lived up to their billing, proving that the so -called ‘old hits’ like Ronnie D’s It’s a Paradise; Adonijah’s Woman and Rocking Ethiopia; Cat Attack by Observer; and Gabby’s Culture and Arm the Police will never die.
Adrian Clarke was equally in fine form as he delivered Nice Time and This Melody; but not more so than the ‘Ugly Man’ Grynner, who looks set to mash up the place this Crop Over, as moves around the island telling people to Turn on De Speaker. The 2016 offering, along with his well-known hits Mr T and Leggo I Hand were definite crowd pleasers on the night.
Ten-time calypso king Red Plastic Bag had fans singing I Love It and Something’s Happening, after he had to settle for Adrian Clarke on the microphone performing his chants for Ragga Ragga, in Mac Fingall’s absence.
As the night grew old, hundreds more descended on Independence Square to party hearty. And Coopa Dan was not about to disappoint. He brought out the Queen for Choose One, before giving way to Statement, Mistah Dale, Biggie Irie and Fadda Fox on the soca microphone. iWeb also deserves a Big Up for his performance on Thursday night, also Nikita, King Bubba, Blood, Mikey, Hypasounds and Peter Ram for contributing to a night of top-drawer entertainment. Kudos to the organisers!