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Stars set to jump for Kadooment

THE CELEBRITIES ARE in and they will be on the road today for Grand Kadooment, the climax of this year’s Crop Over Festival.

Spotted at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday evening was AJ Calloway, former host of BET’s 106 & Park.

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AJ outside the airport, where he said he was ready to jump on the road. (Picture by Justin Newton)

Aziza ‘destined’ to be queen

by YVETTE BEST 

ONE DAY THAT girl is going to be a winner.

Those prophetic words about 2016 Calypso Monarch Aziza Clarke from Anthony Sarge Sargeant, who has been working with the Junior Monarch competition since its inception in 1986, has come true on three occasions thus far.

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Queen Aziza (centre) with her mother Carol and other supporters after being crowned. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

Aziza’s done it

by YVETTE BEST 

THE NEW DRIVER cannot drive. But she plans to learn, soon.

Hours after being crowned the second Calypso Queen and handed the keys to a brand new Mazda 3 and a host of other prizes, the woman who tied with Red Plastic Bag as the youngest person to win the title, was still basking in the glow with family and friends in her Bonnett’s, Brittons Hill, St Michael community yesterday.

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Monarch Aziza (right) with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (centre), Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and Margaret Hoyte marketing manager of MQI. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

Machel in to bring more love

by NATANGA SMITH

MACHEL MONTANO is in Barbados.

The soca superstar and his crew landed today at the Grantley Adams International Airport for the 1love concert to be held later at The Concorde Experience.
Montano told BARBADOS NATION it was so nice he had to do it twice. "

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Machel Montano is greeted by the tuk band on arrival in Barbados. (Picture by Natanga Smith)

Foreday jam ‘a success’

by CARLOS ATWELL

THIS YEAR’S BL&P Foreday Morning Jam was one of the more successful, said David “ZigE” Walcott.

The event’s producer said he measured this in terms of security and time on the road.

“There were a few technicalities in terms of some of the bands starting late but we managed to get all the bands down to Spring Garden within the time. The last band reached around 6:30 a.m., which was the allotted time,” he said.

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Revellers enjoying the music on Foreday Morning. (Picture by Christoff Griffith)

Queen Aziza is crowned

AZIZA CLARKE has gone where only one other woman has gone before.

She was crowned Calypso Monarch of Barbados early this morning at Kensington Oval, the first since Rita in 1988.

She scored 114 points in the MQI/Mount Gay Pic-O-De- Crop Finals to beat two-time monarch Ian Webster into second with 98.

MRBLOOD came third with 88 points, while Chrystal and Donella were joint fourth with 84 points.

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Calypso Queen Aziza receives her trophy from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) and Minister of Culture Stephen Lashey. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

Small a giant with design

by TRE GREAVES 

CONGRATULATIONS MAY NOT be in order for bandleader Kevin Small – at least not from some of his peers.

This year marked the second time that his band Fifth Element earned the Best Junior Band title at the recently held Junior Kadooment and fair; they first won the title in 2014.

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Kevin Small (and inset) who won Best Junior Band in the recently-held Junior Kadooment, getting some help from his mother Alison Herbert in putting together Grand Kadooment costumes. (Pictures by Reco Moore)

Classic: A good reign

by DONNA SEALY

IT’S BEEN A GOOD year for reigning Pic-O-De-Crop monarch Classic.

Still savouring his 2015 win at Kensington Oval, the easy-going, always well dressed calypsonian had a chat with SATURDAY SUN about the year past and his hopes for this year’s festival.

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“As calypsonians, I think we have to keep our ears to the ground,” says reigning Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Classic. (FP)

NCF: Rain won’t stop jump up

by RACHELLE AGARD

NO RAIN WILL stop this jam!

That’s the official word from corporate communications specialist at the National Cultural Foundation, Simone Codrington, when asked about their position on the weather forecast this weekend.

The Barbados Meteorological Services, located at the Grantley Adams International Airport revealed that rain was expected over the next three days.

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Simone Codrington of the National Cultural Foundation says all systems are go for this weekend. (FP)

Marvay still on a high

by NATANGA SMITH

YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER his face but you know his name.

The Hott 95.3 FM People’s Monarch for 2016 is Damian Marvay, who walked away with a cash prize of $15 000 and a crown won by fan voting (by text and on social media) yesterday.

His name had been on everyone’s lips for the past two weeks, as his infectious song Know The Face has been on constant rotation on the airwaves and in the fetes.

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People’s Monarch Damian Marvay plans to just chill and “let it all sink in”. (Picture by Reco Moore)