The skills of the veteran performers stole the show at the Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent last Sunday night at the St Gabriel’s School.
The majority of the songs addressed the island’s economic woes and the 30-0 win by the Barbados Labour Party in the May 24 general elections. Calypsonian Colin Spencer created much buzz with his second-half performance of the witty and tongue in cheek kaiso, Going Where The Money Is. Spencer, who previously contested for the St George North seat under the Democratic Labour Party ticket, had the crowd in stitches when he remarked that he looked quite good in red. His delivery of the song was well executed and struck a cord with the audience who clapped in agreement and easily sang along with the melody and chorus. While his second half was on a lighter note, Spencer’s first song Come Back Father addressed tragedies that were afflicting people worldwide. He implored God to help humankind as it struggled with natural and man-made disasters.
Jude Clarke, formerly known as Hee Haw, was a force to reckon with. Based on his fiery performance, Clarke might be making it to the finals this year. His energy and charisma invigorated the audience who was captivated by his zesty performance.
He deservingly received an encore for his confident delivery of Great. The infectious melody and catchy hook sought to unite Barbadians and encourage them to be optimistic despite the country’s dire economic outlook. “We in this thing together,” Clarke sang, to a roaring applause from the crowd.
Clarke followed that outstanding performance with How Did Wrong Things Get So Right in the second half. Bordering on controversial, the song discussed issues such as sex changes, same-sex marriages and the legislation of marijuana. The song was not as impactful as Great, nevertheless, it was another solid performance from Clarke.
Another impressive performer was De Announcer who did not hold his punches in his delivery of Glad. Dressed as a tennis player in a full red outfit and armed with a racket , he sang of how ‘Mia Williams’ grand slammed “Freundel Sharapova’.
“I am so GLAD to see the back of the DLP,” said De Announcer. After his initial performance, the crowd demanded an encore. During the second half, he sang Crop Over, a tribute to the biggest and most celebrated cultural festival of the year which is loved by thousands, including De Announcer himself.
One of the few ladies who stood out amongst the large male contingent was Donella. Her performance, melodies, diction and overall showmanship could not be faulted. Her songs We Ain’t Changing and Pray For De Children addressed societal ills. However, which discussed the alarming rise of school-based violence, was her stronger performance.
Vying for the Pic-O-De-Crop title for the first time, former Junior Monarch competitor, Raheem’s debut performance showed that he has great potential. His performance of De Bus Ride was so nice, he had to do it twice. The animated storyteller also brought this spunkiness to the second half with his Why Vote Though not as well received, it was a satisfactory performance.
Meanwhile, Niqa gave good deliveries of her songs Still Love Barbados Bad and A Better Life. However, she lacked the dynamism needed on stage to take the song to the next level.
Also gracing the St Gabriel School stage for Father’s Day was Shawnie, De Slayer Franswa and Charisma.
During the show, Tent Manager Eleanor Rice-Watkins also honoured prominent fathers Dr Adrian Lorde, Desmond Haynes, Neville Keith Simmons and Mohammad Nassar. (KK)