Festival last mas
by GERCINE CARTER
HUNDREDS JOINED in the ‘last mas’ for Crop Over 2016 at the official residence of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Thursday night.
The grand finale was the annual Prime Minister’s Crop Over Reception and not even intermittent rain could stop this cross-section of revellers from having a last blast to the music of the winners in the 2016 festival.
Every year it is a hot ticket, and this year Barbadians from throughout the diaspora at home for the Barbados Biennial Network Conference 2016, diplomats based on the island and visitors, as well as hundreds of Barbadians got the opportunity to hear the stars of the just-ended festival sing some of their most popular tunes.
Paula Hinds and Kareen Clarke set the mood of the evening with a rendition of the 50th Anniversary Song, flagging the theme of nationalism that was evident in many of the night’s performances. Next, it was the turn of Junior Monarchs Summa Sargeant and Chad Monteplaisir to show off their winning talent.
Terri Niles-Williams (Sparkle T) and Mistah Dale made early guest appearances. But it was newly crowned Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Aziza Clarke who really raised the temperature with her winning One People, One Nation, followed by People’s Monarch Marvay who fanned the flames with his Sweet Soca numbers Survive the Weekend and Know The Face.
In the midst of the feting, Peter Ram hit a sombre note when he brought things down for a few minutes leading the audience in a brief tribute to the late designer Renee Ratcliffe. Floodlights around the grounds went down and the light from cellular phones was pointed up in the hope that somewhere in the skies, the fun-loving Ratcliffe would receive the glow of love from fans she has left behind.
There was a quick return to the fete mood, as Ram danced and pranced across the stage with fans on the grounds joining in wild abandonment as he belted out his Party Monarch winner of last year, All Ah We and this year’s third-placed Good Morning.
De Ole Dog Grynner kept up the tempo, setting the stage for the biggest performance of the night Party Monarch, Stag Jam Tune and Tune Of The Crop winner Lil Rick. Finally the crowd could acknowledge Ah Get Thru and they demonstrated their joy at doing so.
While many people partied several others helped themselves to the sumptuous fare served up.
It was for many a fitting end to what Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and chief executive office of the national Cultural Foundation Cranston Browne both said was “a fantastic Crop Over”.
Hundreds of guests getting down to the 2016 Crop Over tunes at Ilaro Court Thursday night. (Pictures by Lennox Devonish)
Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Aziza wooing the crowd at the Prime Minister's Crop Over Reception.
The Crop Over 2016 job done, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation Cranston Browne taking a break to fete at the Prime Minister's Crop Over Reception.
Smitten by the sweet 2016 Crop Over music at Ilaro Court Thursday night, these fans taking it down to the ground.
Grynner threw down a good performance.
Third-placed Party Monarch and Sweet Soca contender Peter Ram belting out his popular “All Ah We”.