Some revellers who jumped and jammed in Monday’s Grand Kadooment had a message for deejays on the road to Spring Garden – play more local music.
“We didn’t hear a lot of local music. It was a lot of old music and hip hop,” Elvis Bynoe who jumped with Aura Band told Barbados TODAY.
“We didn’t hear the latest songs, and every Crop Over you want to hear the music that came out this year,” he said.
While not knocking the deejays for selecting regional and international tunes, Bynoe called for an equal play for the season’s soca hits.
“The deejays should mix it up. Don’t just play Trini [Trinidadian] and [St] Lucian music. Give us a balance. This is Barbados, this is we thing. Play Bajan music for us when we coming down the road – that is what people want to hear. The music wasn’t up to standard; [they] should play more Bajan music,” Bynoe added.
Although upset that little Crop Over music was played along his band’s route, Bynoe said he still had the time of his life masquerading.
“Apart from that, Aura Band was good. Drinks and food-wise, it was great, ” he aaid
“We did hear too much outside music,” said Tiganna Welch. “I guess [with] the energy of the songs this year, just a few were hyped. I guess the deejays rely on the outside soca to the keep the vibe alive,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“Our Bajan artistes can up the game in terms of liaising with outside artistes to see how they can put more Bajan spin to what is happening.”
But revellers who jumped with other popular bands, including Betty West, Erupt and Kontact, said the deejays in their bands played plenty local music. Of the 24 registered bands, 19 made it to the four-kilometre parade.
For many revellers, soca giant Lil Rick dominated the soundtrack of the day. His hit, Mudda Sally, ruled the road, winning the Tune of the Crop – the $7,500 prize for the biggest Kadooment hit of the parade.