Grynner still reigns
Veteran calypsonian Grynner has been formally recognized for his contribution to entertainment in Barbados and the Diaspora, by staff and management of one of the island’s leading luxury resorts.
The 70 year-old MacDonald Blenman was honoured by the Ocean Two Resort & Residences just before his performance at the establishment’s recent 2016 Kadooment Fever.
“This is a special occasion for us and we want to say thank you for your contribution to music and entertainment over the past 48 years, and for making Barbados proud,” said Operations Manager, Paul Collymore. “You have given us good music year after year and we are looking forward to even more over the next 10 years.”
Grynner was presented with an inscribed plaque and Collymore disclosed that the calypsonian was also given a weekend Staycation for two at the resort which intends to “take good care of him”.
Grynner thanked the management and staff of Ocean Two for the gesture.
“I am very thankful to you and really appreciate this award. I have been in the business for a long time . . . so next year when I start back I will be counting from one. Thank you very much,” he said to much laughter and applause.
Once the formalities were over, the seven-time Road March champion launched into an energetic performance that earned him new fans. He belted out a mix of his top numbers and moved an audience that included both locals and visitors.
Grynner closed the Kadooment Fever experience with an encore of his hugely popular 2016 Crop Over song, Take Me Down The Road, which has served as a fitting example of how he has been able to reinvent himself over the years, to appeal to the young and old.
Collymore said his music “speaks volumes and connects with locals and visitors of all ages”.