After nine years and capturing a total of 49 awards in the Crop Over Festival, leader of the Youth Explosion Kadooment band, Quincy Jones, is stepping down. Although his love for the band is still there, he believes it’s time to pass on the mantle of leadership to younger people.
“I believe that parts of life you have to learn to give and know when to leave and hand it over and 49 awards in nine years is truly a successful band. We are truly one of the most successful bands,” Jones told Bajan Vibes.
As of August 8, Sharaine Brown Grant will be the new band leader for the juniors and Zico Downes will be the manager and band leader for the Kadooment band. Jones said he was extremely confident with the new team.
“They are excellent, technically right. . . . There is a new face, new look. Right now, I’m just the PRO so I’m trying to let them practice before the real time for them. This year expect the unexpected Grand Kadooment day. We are going to come all out with our guns to make sure that I try to make it in that top one two three,” he said.
Jones reminisced how Youth Explosion started nine years ago.
“It was just a little gamble, a group of friends coming together after a birthday party. We had over 3 000 young people at the party stand, and we decided afterwards since we have so many people we could do a band. After these years, I have looked back and reflected on those years of my life, and I am proud that I did what I had to do back then.”
This year, as the band celebrates ten years, Jones said the main focus will be on educating children about our local Barbadian culture. “As we are celebrating our anniversary, we (made) 10 changes to the band. We have definitely brought back the Youth Explosion Junior Kadooment band this year with the theme Up De Ting Crop Over.
Jones went on: “We are going to up the thing by highlighting the aspects of Bridgetown, the aspects of the opening gala and Kadooment to let the young people know that this is our culture and our sweetest summer festival. The students of Blackman Gollop, Maria Holder Nursery, Christ Church Girls and Milton Lynch and St Lawrence, we are giving complimentary costumes to jump this year.”
Another change will see the name of the Kadooment band going from Youth Explosion to Explosion International. Jones explained: “Our theme is Circle of Life. It represents from 2008 to now. That circle looks at the impact of global warming (which) is occurring in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean countries and world historic sites. So we are definitely doing a new transition for this year’s Crop Over.”