The public got a taste of the upcoming launch of the 2016 Crop Over City Fest and ceremonial delivery of the last canes this morning.
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) hosted the festivities under the theme ‘Dis is we ting’ in the capital, as Heroes square came alive with the sweet sounds of soca.
2014 Junior calypso monarch Raanan Hackett, treated the audience with his offering this year, with ‘Pick it up’, a social commentary on the so-called ‘wrapper controversy’ at Springer Memorial School earlier this year.
Mr Blood morphed into “Mr Baccahnal” and Red Plastic Bag (RPB) brought back last year’s ‘Spontaneous’ much to the delight of passers by.
NCF CEO Cranston Browne reminded the gathering that “Crop over is all about coming together to do the best for Barbados.”
He added that artistes have done the island proud with this year’s music.
“I know a lot of Barbadians had doubts that we could do it three years in a stretch, 2014,2015 was fantastic and now  is really really great,” Browne said.
City Fest is being sponsored by First Citizens Bank for the third year, and senior manager of commercial and consumer lending, Kay-Anne Brathwaite, highlighted the importance of the showcase of art and rhythm, which she said are “customs of our heritage [that] can be seen in some ways as essential visions of the past but filtered through the eyes of the present”.
Brathwaite also urged the public to continue to support the island’s heritage. (KK)