Low-keyed ‘mega’ cavalcade

It was billed as the “mega cavalcade”, but from all reports Crop Over 2016 got off to a low-keyed start on Friday night, as the first event on the official calendar came off at the Briar Hall playing field in the heart of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley’s Christ Church West Central constituency.


IMG_0028Well past 9:30 p.m. patrons were still strolling into the event, which attracted a much smaller crowd than last year’s heavily patronized event in Queen’s Park, The City. This led many on the night to question the wisdom of the move to Briar Hall.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was among those in attendance.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was among those in attendance.

Nonetheless, those patrons who came early were treated to the sweet sounds of the Harrison College Steel Orchestra, a performance from Dancin Africa and a display of costumes from three Foreday Morning bands.

New artiste Chenise was  impressive.
New artiste Chenice was impressive.

The new artiste segment this year consisted of three artistes Stathis, Chenice and Rhea. They performed well and should be commended, especially Chenice, who was a joy to watch and listen to, displaying much confidence on the stage. Definitely one to watch for the future!

The new Energy Band with from left Kirk Brown, Imani and Sanctuary.
The new Energy Band with, from left, Kirk Brown, Imani and Sanctuary.

The Energy Band, one of the backing bands on the night, also performed creditably even though their frontline, which includes Kirk Brown, Imani and new addition, Sanctuary, lacked some of the chemistry that was very evident last year when they thoroughly impressed with former two-time calypso monarch iWeb as part of their line-up. He was noticeably absent this time around.

Hypasounds brought life to the show.
Hypasounds brought life to the show.

It was therefore left to the stalwarts to hype up the show, including Don Trent, Damien Marvay, Leadpipe and Saddis, King Bubba, Stiffy, Hypasounds, Lil Rick, Edwin Yearwood and Peter Ram who brought the event to a close just after midnight.

Lil  Rick is always a crowd pleaser.
Lil Rick is always a crowd pleaser.

On a positive note, there were no disruptions on the night as police kept close watch of the proceedings.

Look out of the full review in Wednesday’s edition of Bajan Vibes.

10 Responses to Low-keyed ‘mega’ cavalcade

  1. Jack May 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    This was an injustice to the people. How can you put this event in a location without proper public transportation, if any at all, and expect people outside of that general area to go. Queen’s Park is central, hence the massive crowd. Think people….that’s what the brains inside your heads are for.

  2. TRUFUL May 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm


  3. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne May 21, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Well, after reading this article I guess they should’ve add the veterans including the Mighty Grynner to help spice up the show.

  4. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles May 21, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    What the hell he was expecting?? Out of all places he put it at Briar Hall tell me again how much routes pass there?

  5. Loretta Griffith May 22, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Realizing there would be only one Calvacade, why did the minister chose to take it to Briar Hall? Common sense should dictate that a central location would have been better.
    Sometimes we need to think and take the politics out.
    Good luck with all future endeavors.

  6. depablo May 22, 2016 at 7:33 am

    That’s his constituency. Election time is soon approaching. So what do you think will happen in over the next 20 months or so?

  7. dave May 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I notice that my comments have not been published .
    I take note

  8. dave May 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I am still waiting for my comments to be published. It is not fair to me

  9. dave May 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The DLP is a complete ignorant waste of time: Every thing the DLP touches turns to durt /hurt. The DLP has the reverse Midas touch . The DLP is a blight to Barbados with the stupid self-centred approach to everything. It is why the Minister of Culture would put the Calvacade in his area and that is why Crop Over has been watered down and all but destroyed. The DLP is a very destructive Force. There is no way I would leave St. Lucy to journey to Briar Hall . The show should be at a more central location. Town is always better because the bus routes all terminate in Town . So stupid !!!! It is mind boggling but just goes to show SELFISHNESS. So stupid !!! So dumb !! So So …

  10. Sherlock Holmes. May 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    And you wonder why your comments are not published,as plastic bag said in one of his famous songs why publish Sh…..t. dear chap Dave.


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