Three veterans of Barbadian calypso have been recognized for their significant contributions to social commentary and the development of the art form.
Darcy Ras Iley Small, MacDonald Mac Fingall Fingall and Elenza Serenader Brewster received awards today at the press launch of Golden Soca, at the headquarters of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP).
Producer of Golden Soca Peter Boyce said this was the second year BARP was honouring caypsonians who had made outstanding contributions.
“Last year, we would have honoured past president of Barbados Association of Tent Managers St Clair Gittens, Cut Loose, who was the oldest performing calypsonian and The Mighty Grynner who is the only calypsonian to win Tune of The Crop multiple times. This year, we are honouring Mac Fingall, Serenader and Ras Iley,” Boyce said.
In brief remarks, Darcy Ras Iley Small expressed how he felt to be the recipient of such an award.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank BARP for having me again. I would also like to say that this year a lot of the persons who have been honoured and on the show, have been around from the time I came into the business. Serenader, Gabby ….,” he said.
“It was a wonderful experience to be among them and I learned the hard way as there were no handouts or ‘no give this youngster a break’ because he sounded good. You had to prove yourself to be a part of the finals among Gabby and them fellas.”
Ras Iley continued: “To be here today, and the song that we are going to the Party Monarch this year, just shows the level of how we have been thinking, and I don’t want to say frustration. I think BARP members would agree that music has nothing to do with age.”
The song referred to is the joint Ras Iley/Mighty Grynner production “King o de road, king o de stage”.
President of BARP Edward Bushell said he was pleased to be associated with Golden Soca for the second year as last year’s event was a success. Thus, he is looking forward to the event being held this year on August 12 as it offers an enjoyable time for everyone.
Hilary Bethell, managing director of Carib Rehab which is a title sponsor, said last year’s event was a “fabulous party” as she encouraged everyone to come out again this year. “BARP and Carib Rehab go back many years,” she said.
“We were one of the first people to sign up when the company started in terms of giving discounts to members which we continue to do. Everybody that is going to be attending Golden Soca will be receiving items from Carib Rehab as well as a door prize,” she added.
Boyce said performers this year include RPB, Lil Rick, Serenader, Mighty Grynner, Ras Iley, De Devil, Biggie Irie, PJ, Mac Fingall and comedian Phillip St Hill.