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Big Band Reunion

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.

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The crowd responding to Spice and Co.’s every command. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

Nothing sweeter for new calypso queen

by YVETTE BEST

“WHEN I GROW UP, I would like to be a singer!”

That was six-year-old Aziza Clarke who, like most youngsters, fantasised about what she wanted to be.

But the ambitious child, who built courage from watching Terencia TC Coward on television, took it a lot further.

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Aziza Clarke (front row, fifth right) celebrating as newly crowned queen with family and friends. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Queen Aziza holds court

by TRE GREAVES

ALL EYES were on the 2016 MQI/Mount Gay Pic-O-De-Crop calypso monarch, 21-year-old Aziza Clarke, during an appearance at the home of her tent sponsors Cave Shepherd, Broad Street, for an autograph-signing yesterday.

Clarke wrote her name on history’s page when she became the joint-youngest competitor to win the Pic-O-De-Crop competition. Red Plastic Bag was the first back in 1982.

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Aziza signing an autograph while posing for a picture with Shawn and Anya Scott. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Not too skimpy

by RANDY BENNETT

MASQUERADERS WHO chose to parade in “skimpy costumes” on Kadooment Day were well within their rights.

That is the view of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, who said those people who wore revealing costumes on Monday during Grand Kadooment were well within the law.

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Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley. (FILE)

Grynner: No harsh feelings over Road March

by TRE GREAVES

SEVEN-TIME TUNE Of The Crop monarch Mighty Grynner has no harsh feelings about not claiming an eighth title this year.

Grynner, real name MacDonald Blenman, said he was used to the highs and the lows of competing during the Crop Over Festival.

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Grynner has no hard feeling about the placing of Turn On the Speaker in the Road March Competition. (FILE)

Bang Bim Bashment

by TRE GREAVES 

OMAR ‘MARZVILLE’ MCQUILKIN has described his placement in the top three of the Tune Of The Crop competition as one of the best feelings in life so far.

The entertainer who made everyone dance to the catchy hook “yuh want speed ,yuh want speed,” in the bashment soca number Bang Bim, tied for third place with seven-time monarch The Mighty Gyrnner.

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Marzville (right) and Snap Brandy perform Bang Bim at the finals of the Bashment Soca Competition. (Picture by Nigel Browne)

Marvay picks up cheque

by TRE GREAVES

MARVAY IS NOW officially $15 000 richer.

The singer, who is known for hits such as Survive The Weekend and Know The Face, recently won the Hott 95.3FMPeople’s Monarch 2016 with the latter song.

He received his monetary prize on Thursday during a presentation at Cave Shepherd’s Broad Street branch.

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Marvay (centre) receiving his cheque from Brand Manager at Stag Beer Troy Best (left), and Location Manager at Cave Shepherd Andrew Wilkinson. (Picture by Tre Greaves)

Vendors happy with extra day

by LEANNE TASHER

THE ‘EXTRA’ DAY of the Bridgetown Market received a thumbs up from vendors.

According to some sellers who lined the Spring Garden Highway yesterday, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) should continue to offer an additional day of the Crop Over event as it could boost their overall profits. As the street became a hive of activity with lively music and strolling event-goers, vendors eagerly readied themselves for the potential sales.

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Caroline Mayers said she believed the cost of the stalls should be reduced. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Rabiah set for 2017 calypso stage

by YVETTE BEST

SHE HAS BEEN off the scene for several years, but Rabiah Clarke expects to be back in the calypso fray next year.

Clarke, who performed as Small One in the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch competition along with her sister Aziza, who last weekend became the second woman calypso monarch of Barbados, will be performing in the big leagues in 2017.

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Calypso Queen Aziza (right) and her sister Rabiah celebrate. (Picture by Reco Moore)

NCF wants to revive the ’Pot

by HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

IN 2017 THERE may be the return of a Cohobblopot-like event.

This was revealed by chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Cranston Browne, who was speaking to the MIDWEEK NATION as the festival wound down yesterday with one of its last events, Bridgetown Market, on the Spring Garden Highway.

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Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation Cranston Browne. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)