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FANS APLENTY turned out yesterday afternoon for the celebratory motorcade for the first ever Bashment Soca King Stiffy, who won the contest during the just concluded Crop Over Festival. The motorcade, sponsored by Mount Gay Rum and Digicel, started at the Esso service station in Mile-and-a-Quarter...
by CAROL MARTINDALE THIS YEAR’s inaugural Bashment Soca Competition gave this type of music pride of place in Crop Over. So said director of 4D Entertainment and organiser of the event, Rudy Maloney. He said while bashment soca had been around for some time, it was the competition on July 1 that...
by CAROL MARTINDALE SOME ARTISTES behind the bashment soca believe the music is getting a bad rap. Dubbing this year as the biggest yet for this type of music, the entertainers also believe they now have a place in the soca arena. Richard Scrilla Straker, the artiste behind two of this year’s hits...
by TRE GREAVES THE NATIONAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION (NCF) needs to revamp the Foreday Morning Jam concept. According to spokesman of Caesar’s Army Jules Sobion, the route may need to be updated.  “They (the NCF) don’t understand that Foreday Morning needs to evolve and so when you have the same...
by MICHRON ROBINSON IF ONLY DJ CHILLY had known, he would have registered the name bashment soca. The disc jockey, whose real name is Omar Jordan, is claiming that he invented the moniker for that genre of music peculiar to Barbados. DJ Chilly, who along with Alias A comprise the duo Fraud Squad,...
by DONNA SEALY It’s a new dawn, a new day, and a Nu Lyfe for Fabian Odle. And he’s feeling good. The 29-year-old singer and songwriter’s musical rebirth – which included a name change and a fresh perspective – may have come through baptism by fire, but by the sound of it he has emerged better than...
by SHERIA BRATHWAITE A VETERAN calypsonian is worried that the importance of social commentary in calypso in the island has declined. Darcy Small, whose stage name is Ras Iley, said in an interview on  Wednesday that the other forms of calypso had taken over the summer festival to the point...
by TRE GREAVES NEW CALYPSO MONARCH Aziza has received some positive feedback from two giants in entertainment. Both Edwin Yearwood and Lil Rick, each of whom has five Party Monarch titles to his name, had nothing but love for the 21-year-old as they received their vehicles for winning competitions...
by TRE GREAVES COMPETITIVENESS at Crop Over is at an all-time high, says Edwin Yearwood. And, with his track record, the 2016 Sweet Soca monarch should know. From his days of winning the first Party Monarch competition in 1995 and claiming every major title in the festival since then, he has had...
THE REUNION did not only take place on the stage. Based on the amount of chatter, laughter, mixing and mingling on the lawns of Ilaro Court, there was a reunion among patrons as well. It was one unforgettable night when Troubadours International and Spice and Company put on...