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Soca stars greet fans on the road - Sat, 2016/07/09 - 10:00am
FANS OF SOME of the island’s soca stars got the chance to meet them yesterday during the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale motorcade. The motorcade started from McEnearney Quality Inc. in Wildey with entertainers Mistah Dale, MRBLOOD, Nikita, Joaquin, Marvay and reserve Yannick travelling through The...
Trojan infected by sweet soca - Fri, 2016/07/08 - 12:30pm
THE FORMER Bajan Helicopters Helipad was brought from the depths of obscurity as Barbados’ newest fete central, Trojan: Infected By Soca, took over the dockside structure with their Back To Soca event. Featuring popular soca and calypso music from yesteryear, DJs Ginseng & El Paso, Chilly,...
Stalker stands tall on judging night - Fri, 2016/07/08 - 12:00pm
by DONNA SEALY On Wednesday night, when nine calypsonians in the Kingdom of Super Gladiators faced the Pic-O’-De-Crop judges there was one calypsonian who stood taller than the rest. Stalker was pure class, offering sweet vocals, clear diction and nice arrangements in De Music Change and Who...
Juniors give lunchtime treat - Fri, 2016/07/08 - 10:30am
by TRE GREAVES IF ALL OF THE CONTENDERS perform just as strongly as they did at the Junior Monarch Lunchtime Concert, the judges of this year’s Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals will have a tough time on their hands. And many of the patrons exiting the Frank Collymore Hall on Wednesday agreed. One...
Big People ‘party hard’ at Wadadah - Fri, 2016/07/08 - 10:00am
by TONI YARDE TWO “DAWGS” trampled all over the stage and threw “Big People” into a soca frenzy at Wadadah’s fete recently. One an Ole Dawg; the other an Ugly Dawg – Lil Rick and Grynner “turned up the speaker volume to all” when they performed at Carlton Cricket Club, Black Rock. The pouring rain...
Tight show brings out the best - Wed, 2016/07/06 - 12:00pm
THE HOUSE OF SOCA seems to have reinvented itself for the 2016 Crop Over season. It offered patrons a much tighter show this year than it did last year.  From the warm welcome to the thank you at farewell from the performers themselves, tent manager Sharon Carew-White and her team showed their...
Dan is the man - Wed, 2016/07/06 - 11:00am
by ERIC SMITH JIMMY DAN must be fancying his chances to land a semi-finals spot in this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop competition following his performances on Monday night when House of Soca faced the judges. He was one of the calypsonians who had “two songs” and therefore should have impressed the panel...
Any number can go forward - Tue, 2016/07/05 - 12:00pm
by JOHN SEALY THE CAVE SHEPHERD ALL STARS tent did not lack for good music and a well rehearsed band. But what was missing on judging night were generally well-crafted compositions – calypsos that resonate through use of language and themes complemented by arrangement. Much was sung about, but the...
Elevate to St Tropez - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 4:45pm
by RANDY BENNETT ELEVATE ST TROPEZ lifted its patrons to a higher height last Saturday. The hundreds of people who turned up at Pirates Cove last weekend would have undoubtedly left “on a high” from arguably the best Crop Over party of the season. The Bay Street beach was beautifully transformed...
Sahara Sizzlin’ - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 3:00pm
by TRE GREAVES Browne’s Beach couldn’t be transformed into a desert, but BAJE International and Mix Nutz tried their best. The two co-hosted the fete Sahara and any similarities this fête had to the world’s largest, hottest desert were the rising temperatures caused by the humid atmosphere and the...
Juniors in keen battle - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 2:30pm
by DONNA SEALY OH WHAT A NIGHT of fierce competition and top-notch entertainment! Attending the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Semi-finals to see and hear the 25 contestants battle for a place in the July 23 final was money well spent. From start to finish on Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine...
Soca fans praise new show - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 2:00pm
by TRE GREAVES BASHMENT SOCA has finally been given the recognition it deserved with its own monarch. And some said it was long overdue. Bashment soca is a genre that some may have considered underground, but thanks to the Barbados Yellow Pages Bashment Soca competition, it’s seeing the light of...
No life to the Party - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 1:30pm
by TONI YARDE IT WAS DISHEARTENING to witness the Party Monarch Semi-finals yesterday morning at Kensington Oval. Even as I write I am stumped as to how a 21-year-old competition – which was once the darling of the Crop Over season – has fallen so far from grace. I cannot place my finger on what...
Stiffy rules bashment - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 1:00pm
by TONI YARDE A HIGHLY CHARGED Stiffy who was “plug in tuh all” gave the crowd an entertaining package and “done” the show literally and figuratively, as he was the last to perform. Stiffy pulled out all the stops while singing Tek Off Something and had the crowd in stitches...
‘Sweet’ surprises - Sun, 2016/07/03 - 12:30pm
by NATANGA SMITH THE SWEET SOCA judges could have been in the form of bashment soca artistes Rameses and Lady Essence as they dealt some serious blows yesterday morning. While there were only a handful of soca lovers left on the grounds of Kensington Oval to hear the results at 4:55 a.m., murmurs...