Shane ‘Stiffy’ Atkinson came to Kensington Oval last night with one mission in mind: to take a Kia Picanto back to St Peter. And that he did.
Just after 5:00 this morning, Stiffy created Crop Over history when he was crowned the first ever Bashment Soca King.
The Bashment Soca competition was a part of the highly anticipated Phenomenal Friday event, which included the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch semifinals.
Stiffy was a crowd favourite with his popular tune Tek Off Something, and further cemented his place in their hearts with his clever picong at the end of his song.
Following the announcement, he could not contain his emotions and constantly held his head in disbelief and pointed at his brand new car valued at $52, 000.
In addition to the car, Stiffy also walked away with $6000 in cash, a Sony stereo system, a trophy and a year’s free valet service from Freekz Customs.
Speaking to the media, Stiffy was at a loss for words and simply said he was thankful.
“It has been a long journey and we now got work to do. I will not stop until they recognize star quality entertainment around the world,” he said while tearing up.
He also thanked everyone who supported him throughout the years.
“Big up to everyone who was here from day one. My family they have always supported me, they keep me going and always encourage me never to give up,” Stiffy added.
His mother Antoinette Sandiford as equally emotional as she watched her son receive his prizes.
“That child works so hard, year after year and I’m so happy for him, I don’t even know what to say right now,” she told Barbados TODAY with tears streaming down her face.
Stiffy beat out seven other bashment soca contestants: Mole, Marzville and Snap Brandy, Coopa Dan, Famer Ubu, Ramases and Lady Essence, Scrilla and Linskee.
There was no second or third place in the competition as it was a winner takes all competition. (DB)