Category: Crop Over

Bigger and better

Following a successful Crop Over 2017, the island’s main cultural festival is in for some major changes this year, according to the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley. Delivering the feature address at the Crop Over Sponsor’s Reception, a Bariffle of Sounds, Sights & Flavours, held at St Ann’s Fort, he disclosed that […]

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NCF retaining control of Crop Over

Management of Crop Over will not be moved from the National Cultural Foundation, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley reaffirmed last night against the backdrop of suggestions that the annual festival might have outgrown the NCF. Fellow Cabinet Minister, Richard Sealy, had last month reportedly suggested that this premiere Barbados festival had become too much for […]

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Xhosa: We messed up

The popular Kadooment band Xhosa has apologized for providing revellers with less than stellar service during the Grand Kadooment street jump up on Monday. And bandleader Jeremy Nicholls is promising a “free event” for the approximately 400 affected members of the 907 people who paid between $600 and $3,500 for their costumes. The band was […]

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LOW-KEYED AFFAIR

With fewer spectators and vendors in attendance, this year’s Bridgetown Market ended up being a major let down for some patrons. In fact, one woman, who requested anonymity, described this year’s staging as nothing short of  “boring”, while recalling that in bygone years the three-day cultural extravaganza was a must-do event for her and her […]

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Simply E.P.I.C!

To quote Machel Montano’s 2014 hit, 1Love 2017 was simply E.P.I.C. The Trinidadian soca superstar pulled out all stops for the show held at the Concorde Experience last Sunday night. Amid a delectable fusion of Barbadian, Trinidadian and other Caribbean music, patrons were forced to forget  —  if only temporarily — about the muddy and […]

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On Cloud Nine

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory! And if anyone can attest to this, it’s this year’s Pic-O-De Crop Monarch Ian iWeb Webster who says the journey to his third calypso title was by far his toughest to date when compared to his previous victories in 2013 and 2014. On the way to securing […]

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Festival Highs

After two whole months of feting, liming and intense competitions, the 2017 Crop Over festival has reached its climax. And what a season it has been! For the most part incident free, but with its usual share of controversies. Nevertheless, the season was enjoyable for visitors and locals alike. From the staging of the only […]

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Small’s big dreams

For Kevin Small, dreams do come true. The 25-year-old designer has had a lifelong dream of winning the Festival Designer of the Year award at Grand Kadooment. This year, he did it. “I’m excited. I am more than honoured to carry the title of Festival Designer of The Year. For me that has always been […]

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Lashley incensed by ‘reckless elements’

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley has slammed the “reckless elements” behind Monday’s explosion of gunfire at Spring Garden during Grand Kadooment, suggesting they ought to pay with their lives. There was one fatality and at least 18 other people, including a six-year-old child, suffered gunshot wounds after gunmen opened fired in the […]

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Foreday A.M.BUSH

Hundreds of ‘Romans’ assembled at the Vaucluse racing circuit in St Thomas last Friday for the annual Caesar’s Army A.M. BUSH, Foreday Morning private jump. And although blue, yellow and black were the designated colours of the night, by the time morning rolled over, there was a whole rainbow of revellers after they were generously […]

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UPDATE-Shooting death mars Crop Over climax

Police are investigating the shooting death of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael. It occurred after 6 p.m. on Monday during the Grand Kadooment climax on the Spring Garden Highway. Lawmen say a number of gunshots were heard, and officers, who were on duty along Spring Garden at the time, […]

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Small rides away with top designer prize

With a cloud of controversy still hanging over his victory in this year’s Kiddies Kadooment contest, 25-year-old designer Kevin Small has still managed to drive away with top honours in this year’s Grand Kadooment parade. When the final results were announced by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) tonight, Small emerged as the clear winner in […]

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Stiffy is king of the road

Bashment Soca King Stiffy is in winners row yet again for Crop Over 2017. His popular song Tip and Ben Ova was adjudged Tune of the Crop tonight for the most popular tune on the road during today’s Grand Kadooment parade, which signals the climax of the annual premier cultural festival. This is Stiffy’s first […]

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iWeb claims third calypso crown

iWeb is the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop calypso monarch. After putting down two very solid performances at the Kensington Oval on Saturday night, the seasoned performer, who previously won the title in 2013 and 2014,  amassed 108 points to capture the coveted crown for a third time, dethroning Queen Aziza in the process. Singing Salesman and Pray For the […]

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Few skirmishes reported at Foreday jump up

Lawmen are reporting an almost uneventful 2017 Foreday Morning jump up. Police Public Relations Officer, acting Inspector Roland Cobbler tells Barbados TODAY, they saw high levels of intoxication by revellers and, in another instance, persons from one band had to receive medical attention after being injured along the parade route. “In that case, the rope […]

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Heightened security for weekend festivities

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Stephen Lashley says all the necessary security measures have been taken for the festivities this weekend, including Grand Kadooment to be held on Monday, August 7. He told members of the media that the National Cultural Foundation and the Royal Barbados Police Force are working closely to ensure smooth […]

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BAM wants NCF to strip Small of Best Junior Band award

The Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) has written to the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) demanding an explanation for the results of last Saturday’s Junior Kadooment contest. BAM Secretary Mackie Holder has confirmed that the letter was dispatched to the state agency responsible for Crop Over, although he revealed little about its content. “It basically outlines […]

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