This could be Hammer’s breakthrough year in the Pic-O-De-Crop competition.
Years of promise turned into possibilities last night when he shone at the Stray Cats Calypso Tent’s judging night at the Crane Beach Hotel.
His two selections These Cons and Craftsmen were arguably the best social commentaries of the night to an appreciable crowd that visibly enjoyed what the tent had to offer.К The first selection looked at how Barbadians often got tricked by their compatriots Р in and out of Parliament Р and was rendered with confidence and clarity.
He again did his chances no harm of at last getting a semi-finals berth with his second song which actually brought the night’s entertainment to a conclusion.
He highlighted several persons who had contributed to Barbados and their place in the island’s pantheon of excellence.
Sobe had one of the sweetest songs for the night in Panama which looked at the historical connection between Barbados and that country. There was a certain joie de vivre about the song where his words, and especially his tone, captured much of the picture he was trying to paint. The song possessed quite a lovely, flowing melody. His other number was Cultured Or Not to complete a worthy showing.
Anna Anna rendered My Business and Good Woman and was especially impressive in the second half with the latter selection. She sang about the virtues of being a woman, rising from adversity, rebounding from hardships and “still wearing a crown”. Definitely one for the future.
Jazzlyn sang about Poor Great while highlighting how many Bajans live the term. She however had a slight memory lapse nearing the end of the song. Jazzlyn also rendered Sammy’s Treasure in the first half.
Also performing on the night were Blessed, Coco, Big Boar Cat, Cheerman and De Broomer, most of whom made guest appearances.
Emcee was Kid Site and some very talent young musicians made up the Stray Cats backing band.