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Stiffy takes over road

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.

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Stiffy up front and centre with his fans on the motorcade. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.)

Competition shines spotlight on music

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 brought it to the fore.

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Rudy Maloney of 4D Entertainment. (FILE)

Big year for bashment

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 Gyal Drop and Dirty Bend, said bashment soca had been floating between sweet soca and power soca.

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Scrilla (left) and Marzville perform at the finals of the Bashment Soca Competition. (Pictures by Nigel Browne)

NCF told to ‘revamp Foreday Morning concept’

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 routes for the last 15 years, it needs to expand,” he said.

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There is room for both Foreday Morning and Caesar’s Army, says Jules Sobion. (FILE)

Chilly’s claim to bashment soca

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.

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DJ Chilly believes in the potential of Barbados’ very own Bashment Soca. (GP)

New day for Fabian

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 ever.

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Fabian Odle is back on the soca scene with new music. (FP)

‘Real’ music missing

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 that some artistes do not bother to record their music.

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Ras Iley says calypsos are being watered down. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

Royal advice for Aziza

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 in the recently-concluded Crop Over Festival.

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Queen Aziza. (FILE)

It’s more competitive, says Edwin

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 his fair share of naysayers.

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Edwin Yearwood collects his Kia Cerato sedan. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)