Category: Pic-O-De-Crop

Aziza wins Pic-O-De-Crop

Barbados got its first female calypso monarch in 28 years tonight, when Aziza was crowned winner of the 2016 Pic-O-De-Crop finals.  She won with the songs One People One Nation and Bring back Respect from a field of ten contestants. There was wide speculation that a woman would win this year’s contest, and Aziza became […]

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Newcomers looking ahead

With every disappointment comes a silver lining. Jamal Slocombe and Ah-Dee-Lah, two first time Pic-O-De-Crop semifinalists who did not make it through to the finals last weekend, strongly believe this. Though obviously disappointed at not making the final nine, both budding calypsonians have learnt valuable lessons from the experience, and have vowed to keep pressing […]

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And then there were nine . . .

After six hours of gruelling competition and just about an hour of deliberation last Friday night, the judges determined that Aziza, Adonijah, Adrian Clarke, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Colin Spencer, Donella, Ian Webster, Mr Blood and TC would be the ones to challenge reigning Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Classic on July 30 at Kensington Oval. And as they say, […]

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Praise for young brigade

The emergence of a new brigade in this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop competition has delighted many veteran performers who are hailing the development as an encouraging sign that the future of calypso is in good hands. This year, four former junior monarchs Ah-Dee-Lah, Aziza, Sammy G and Sir Ruel and a newcomer Jamal Slocombe are among the […]

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Hail the prospective kings and queens

And then there were 18. Few can have much argument with the choices made by the Pic-O-De-Crop judges very early Monday morning after the Stray Cats ended their tent’s presentation at the Crane Beach Hotel. Those finding favour for the competition’s semi-final were: Adrian Clarke, Ian Webster, Adonijah, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Jamal Slocombe, TC (De Big […]

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Pic semis back to Stadium

Social commentary lovers will experience nostalgia in every sense of the word when the Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals head back to the National Stadium for the first time in nearly ten years. Event producer Adisa Andwele told reporters today at a Press conference that the show would take patrons back in time, and the National Cultural Foundation […]

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De Big Show quality overfloweth

One had to be at the Sea Rocks Dome of the Barbados Beach Club last night to truly appreciate the fabulous fare on offer. Proceedings started on a high note and ended with the venue in an uproar, as the Mighty Grynner left fans in a frenzy. The veteran who has graced the local stage […]

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Poonka for NCF kaiso contest changes

He may have been out of the competition arena for almost two decades, but calypsonian Wayne Poonka Willock is giving 100 per cent backing to the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) proposals of change to the major Crop Over competitions. But he’s also asking some questions about what is passing for calypso. The NCF has been discussing […]

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Intense competition

by Davandra Babb It was a battle royal layered with picong in the first half of the Pic-O-De-Crop finals tonight at the  The Oval. The calypsonians came ready for war and addressed the issues of the day and some even dared to address issues with each other. Defending monarch Ian Webster thrilled the packed crowd at Kensington Oval […]

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Pic-O-De-Crop finals postponed

The Pic-O-De-Crop finals has been postponed until tomorrow due to anticipated bad weather. Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley told Barbados TODAY moments ago that the decision was taken on the advice of the Barbados Meteorological Services. “While the warning has been lifted we were told we would still have rain and there’s the possibility of […]

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Terrific ten

Crop Over’s biggest musical competition that started with more than 80 hopefuls has now been whittled down to ten.  And on Friday night, these terrific ten will brave the Pic-O-De-Crop judges, if not the weather, to see who earns the right to be the 2014 monarch. The ten competitors have equal opportunity to win the crown, […]

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Pic-o-de-Crop nine chosen

Chrystal Cummins-Beckles is the lone female among the nine finalists  chosen early this morning to  go up against reigning monarch Ian Webster  in the Pic-o-de-Crop calypso finals two weeks from now. This follows last night’s keenly contested  semifinals at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Three artistes each from De Big Show, Headliners and All Stars copped places in the […]

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Pic o de Crop semifinalists announced

All Stars Calypso Tent and De Big Show dominate the list of semifinalists in this year Pic o De Crop competition, which will be held next Friday, July 18, at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Both tents have a total of five being chosen, followed by Headliners with three, The Experience Calypso Tent with two […]

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First class calypso at Headliners’ judging night

It was an all-star night marked by some sterling performances as Headliners faced the judges at Hilton Barbados last Sunday. By the end of the treat, the likes of Blood, Crystal Cummins-Beckles, Smokey Burke, Colin Spencer and Adrian Clarke had done no harm whatsoever to their chances of advancing to the Pic-O-De-Crop finals. Blood injected […]

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Classic going for the crown

He is a perennial Pic-O-De-Crop finalist but this year William Classic Waithe is looking to go all the way even though he acknowledges the decision is not his to make. “The judges will have to decide that, ” he told Bajan Vibes. “Last year a lot of people, including myself, felt that way [but] I […]

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Reigning monarch launches music video

If it is one thing Ian Webster doesn’t plan to do is be boxed in. Having won the Pic–O–De–Crop competition for the first time last year and being known over the years primarily for his social commentary, Webster plans to give the region and world a taste of what else he has for offer. Speaking at […]

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Tough competition

When the final decision is announced on July 18, it is quite possible that names like Dre, Popsicle and Sir Ruel, all from the House of Soca, could be among the 18 advancing to the next stage of Pic o de Crop competition, based on their performance on judging night alone.       When […]

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