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Pic-O-De-crop 18 chosen

THE 18 SEMI-FINALISTS were announced early this morning at The Crane Resorts, St Philip after the last tent was judged.

National Cultural Foundation Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington announced the line-up before a largely silent gathering at the home of the Stray Cats.

Many of the usual names made the cut, including Mr Blood, two-time Monarch Ian iWeb Webster, Adrian Clarke, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles and Colin Spencer.

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Joaquin’s soca story

by TRE GREAVES

JOAQUIN BREWSTER IS good with his hands, but he is even better with his voice.

After four years of submitting songs for competitions during the Crop Over Festival, the 22-year-old was finally rewarded with a spot in the finals at the 2016 Soca Royale competition at Bushy Park, and though he was confident, the placement came as a shock.

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Joaquin is a barber by trade, but is cutting his own path in the music industry. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Dalee B back on soca scene

by RACHELLE AGARD

DALEE B HAS RE-ENTERED the Crop Over scene and he is ready to Get On Bad. The former member of the band Synergy and the now defunct Electrik, real name Dale Best, said his last time on a stage was nine years ago.

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Dalee B has returned to the stage after a nine-year break. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

West to pass it on

by SHERIA BRATHWAITE

VETERAN BANDLEADER Betty West has plans to organise a workshop for young people who are interested in costume production and wire bending.

“I’m getting older. I want to see this go on beyond myself. I want to see the young people designing and exporting the stuff to Notting Hill in England and other places,” she told the SATURDAY SUN while sitting in her workshop during a break from cutting the trimmings for her costumes.

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Veteran Bandleader Betty West adjusting one of her costumes on a mannequin. This costume is a tribute to sprint athlete Obadele Thompson, who won bronze for Barbados in 2000. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

Biggie Irie leads off in Sweet Soca

by NATANGA SMITH

IT SEEMED most of the Sweet Soca artistes’ prayers were answered yesterday.

Those who spoke to the SATURDAY SUN, after the draw for positions to see how the nine finalists will hit the stage at the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale on July 24, said they prayed for theirspecific numbers.

Lone female, and one of three first-timers, Nikita is hoping that pulling the number she “prayed for” will put her in good stead.

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The Sweet Soca finalists who pulled for positions yesterday are (from left) defending monarch Edwin, AC, Joaquin, Biggie Irie, Simone Tull (who pulled or Peter Ram), Mistah Dale, Mikey and Marvay. In front is the lone female, Nikita. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Leadpipe, Saddis first for Monarch

by TONI YARDE

THE DUO of Leadpipe & Saddis will hit the stage first in the Party Monarch competition at the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale.

The first-timers are among eight other artistes who will do battle come Sunday, July 24. There are six former Party Monarchs, a two-time Calypso Monarch and a former People’s Monarch in theline-up.

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FROM LEFT: Saddis, Leadpipe, Natahlee (who pulled for TC), Mickey, Simone Tull (who pulled for Peter Ram and Lil Rick), Mistah Dale, Iweb. Stooping down are Edwin and Mr Blood. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

‘Need to protect’ heritage bands

by RANDY BENNETT

REFERRING TO Grand Kadooment as the “jewel of the festival,” chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation Cranston Browne has promised to do everything in his power to keep traditional heritage bands alive.

Stating that they needed to be protected at all costs, he said they played a key role in helping to showcase Barbados to the rest of the world and, as such, could not afford for them to be overpowered by party bands.

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A selection of costumed revellers provided a beautiful backdrop as Republic Bank representatives including manager of the Customer Contact Centre, Brian Charles and Sean Hussain, general manager, Corporate and Commercial Credit, officially presented the 2016 Kadooment sponsorship to Cranston Browne, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, and Adisa Andwele, coordinator of Grand Kadooment. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

Girl Guides band about land, sea, sky

by TRE GREAVES

DO NOT criticise local culture if you have done nothing to improve it.

That was the admonishment coming from Hetty Stoute-Oni, manager of the Girl Guides And Friends Junior Kadooment band.

Stoute-Oni said parents and people in general needed to stop praising foreign culture in one breath and then condemn Barbadian culture in the next.

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The theme for the three-year-old band is The Environment, and there are three sections – Land, Sea and Sky. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Pan perfect weekend

by NATANGA SMITH

TODAY SIGNALS the start of a “pan perfect weekend”. For three days [today to Sunday],  steel pan will feature prominently on the Crop Over calendar of events.

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Brazilian Ana Costa will bring Samba to the pan stage tonight. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography)

Grynner not losing sleep over Semis

THE OMISSION of Mighty Grynner from the Sweet Soca Finals has left many people dazed.

But the “ole dawg” wants his fans to know that he is okay.

He told the MIDWEEK NATION that during the semi-finals last Friday night which went into the wee hours of Saturday, he missed “a flow in the second chorus”.

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Grynner during his performance at the Sweet Soca Semi-finals last Friday night. He was not named as a finalist but he assures his fan he is “oaky”. (Picture by Insight Digital Photography.)