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Kaiso push

The National Cultural Foundation will be looking at creating incentives to record social commentary.

While not elaborating at this stage, interim Chief Executive Officer of the state agency Cranston Browne, said he wants to look at different ways of preserving Barbados’ social commentary which is usually heard in the tents or at the Pic-0-De-Crop Semifinals and Finals.

However, he made it clear that before anything can be done discussions would have to be held with a number of stakeholders.

“Consideration will also be given to more tangible ways of preserving the art form of social commentary for generations to come. Social commentary is a great barometer for the societal mood of the country. Years later you can listen to a piece and decipher the issues or hot topics for that period just through the use of imagery in words. A piece of the country’s history lies within the lyrics of the song. A point recently well articulated by a popular radio personality,” he said during the launch of the LIME/HOTT 95.3 Cavalcades on Friday, at the Wickham-Lewis Boardwalk in the City.

The CEO also spoke about the including ways to “incentivise” the band designers.

“Over the next few weeks as we develop and roll out a strategic plan for the NCF during this financial year, an integral part of this will be a well plotted roadmap to the future which will include ways to incentivise the masquerade designers’ efforts in ‘true costuming’ – under the areas of mas and calypso. These are designers who put their efforts into themes and concepts that include more elaborate presentations of individual king and queen costumes on parade featuring aspects of our heritage in their design,” he said.

Browne who took over the helm of the West Terrace, St. James based business last month, said that the NCF “has its eyes fixed firmly on the “longevity” of the island’s premier festival”.

“… Be assured that our eyes are firmly fixed on our goal of ensuring the longevity of this festival that we love so dear, through the continued development of a new crop of entertainers that will be able to carry on our heritage when the stalwarts of this local industry retire,” he stated.

Noting the importance of the role played by the sponsors, he said that the “well-oiled machine we call Crop-Over churns with the assistance of many corporate partners like title sponsors LIME …”.

“… Increased private sector involvement through sponsorship, and promoter’s investments in the production of these national events, will play a pivotal role in the festival’s sustainability and continued growth. There is no questioning the importance of the festival as a stimulus for local commerce throughout the season with many companies relying heavily on its sustainability for their own survival. Crop-Over is not just a carnival, but it can be viewed as an economic pillar in the lifeblood of the Barbadian economy – tourism,” Browne said.

The theme of the 2013 LIME/HOTT 95.3 Cavalcades is tagged Outbreak to Epidemic: The Fever is here! It will showcase eight developing artistes and 23 more established artistes, five bands, two new deejays, five dance groups, two pan groups and will draw from the wealth of young acting talent in Barbados. (DS)

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