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Eleven for Final’s showdown

Eleven for Final’s showdown

Queen Aziza will be contending with ten other finalists, rather than nine, when she takes to the stage for the Pic-O-De-Crop Final on August 5. Two unnamed calypsonians tied for that ninth spot in Friday night’s semi-final at Kensington Oval, that saw some predictable names entered for the big occasion, at least one omitted who […]

And the finalists are. . .

And the finalists are. . .

By Wade Gibbons Nine calypsonians will leave Kensington Oval very early tomorrow morning happy to be going forward to the Pic-O-De-Crop Final, while nine will depart pondering on what mistakes they – or the judges – might have made. Tonight’s Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals should be a keen contest with several bringing terrific material to the stage, […]

18 for Pic-o-de-Crop semis

18 for Pic-o-de-Crop semis

Veteran calypsonian and perennial semifinalist Smokey Burke, from the Super Gladiators tent, will be first on stage when the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop semifinals comes off at Kensington Oval this Friday night. The 18 semifinalists were announced early last Friday morning at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre after calypsonians from the Cave Shepherd All Stars tent were […]

Pic-O-De-Crop semifinalists draw for positions

Pic-O-De-Crop semifinalists draw for positions

Perennial semifinalist and veteran calypsonian Smokey Burke from the Super Gladiators tent will lead the pack for the 2017 Pic-O-De- Crop semifinals. The semifinalists were announced early Friday morning at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and drew for their positions yesterday at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF). Following Smokey Burke will be former Junior Monarch […]

Much to offer at Super Gladiators

Much to offer at Super Gladiators

The Super Gladiators Calypso Tent was first out the blocks on Saturday night at the Roy Byer Centre, as more than a dozen calypsonians sought to impress the judges and gain entry into the semi-finals of this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop competition. Making an excellent case for inclusion was Smokey Burke with Poor Trait and Persona Non […]

Gladiators on show

Gladiators on show

The Super Gladiators tent got their 2017 season off to a start last Sunday night at the Roy Byer Centre in Waterford, St Michael. With a good mix of seasoned and new calypsonians, the tent gave a good offering to the much appreciative audience. Calypso veteran Smokey Burke, a newcomer to the tent, gave a […]

Monarchs get new rides

Monarchs get new rides

The monarchs of this year’s Crop Over season were officially presented with their prize cars from McEnearney Quality Inc (MQI) this morning. Although she does not yet have a driver’s licence, Pic-O-De-Crop monarch Aziza Clarke told Barbados TODAY she intends to keep her red Mazda 3 and will start driving lessons next month. “I plan to keep the car for […]

Aziza wins Pic-O-De-Crop

Aziza wins Pic-O-De-Crop

Barbados got its first female calypso monarch in 28 years tonight, when Aziza was crowned winner of the 2016 Pic-O-De-Crop finals.  She won with the songs One People One Nation and Bring back Respect from a field of ten contestants. There was wide speculation that a woman would win this year’s contest, and Aziza became […]

Newcomers looking ahead

Newcomers looking ahead

With every disappointment comes a silver lining. Jamal Slocombe and Ah-Dee-Lah, two first time Pic-O-De-Crop semifinalists who did not make it through to the finals last weekend, strongly believe this. Though obviously disappointed at not making the final nine, both budding calypsonians have learnt valuable lessons from the experience, and have vowed to keep pressing […]

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