Veteran calypsonian Adrian AC Clarke took his many fans down memory lane last Wednesday at Sand, Sea & Soca, held at Pure Ocean Restaurant in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. The night featured an hour-long-plus performance by the well-loved performer who sang to a packed and appreciative audience. AC took his fans on a musical journey, and as is customary for the SSS event, he paused between songs to speak about his journey and how he got to where he is today. He spoke about the Pic-O-De-Crop crowns he won, his time with the Troubadours, the disappointments he faced, and the many other awards he would have received throughout the years. He also spoke glowingly of his daughter Azizi, who with her vocals demonstrated to the crowd that the apple had not fallen far from the tree. AC sang hit after hit, including This Melody, Soca Feeling and Real Kaiso. The master of picong treated fans to much more than they had paid for, as he freestyled many times during the night. At a point AC even abandoned the stage, making his way through the crowd, being more intimate with patrons, much to their delight. The SSS series continues tonight with the maestros Gabby and Grynner.
Pic-O-De-Crop producer Adisa Andwele believes Barbados has a gem when it comes to the competition. Speaking at the launch of the competition on Monday at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Andwele said he believed the competition was the best in the Caribbean. “We still do have the biggest calypso finals in the Caribbean right now. Trinidad’s Calypso Monarch only attracts few hundred people, while we have six or seven thousand people. So it is by far the biggest finals,” the producer argued. However, he said there was still concern about the decline in interest in social commentary over the years. “Pic-O-De-Crop, like all the other Calypso Monarchs across the Caribbean, is going through an interesting time with the demographic shift and generation shift. Calypso across the Caribbean is declining. We feel that it is declining in Barbados too,” Andwele admitted. But he quickly added the NCF, along with other partners in the industry, was doing all it could to save the very sacred art form. “The NCF has taken this situation very seriously; and to address the situation, we did a songwriters workshop with Chalkdust a few weeks ago. We also held meetings with the tent managers, and so on. The media is making a concerted effort as well,” the producer said. Andwele explained that in order for the social commentaries to become popular again, the music would have to be changed. “It is not that Sweet Soca and Party Monarch have gone along and left the social commentary. It’s just the fact that there is a demographic shift, and obviously the music has to change. I have heard some very interesting social commentary on the airwaves, and that’s all part of the process. “We have to help make sure that the art form is sustained in Barbados and continues to grow, and also to sort of connect with the younger generation who may have a different perspective regarding social commentary that you may have to overcome. But they are a lot of social commentaries coming out already. “They are a lot of young people who have graduated from the Junior Monarch programme and are making it even to the finals. So it’s not an old people programme any more. It’s a young people’s art form that it is very much alive,” Andwele explained.
Social commentary lovers will experience nostalgia in every sense of the word when the Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals head back to the National Stadium for the first time in nearly ten years. Event producer Adisa Andwele told reporters today at a Press conference that the show would take patrons back in time, and the National Cultural Foundation […]
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) remains committed to the traditional calypso art form and the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, its development, growth and preservation. This was the assurance from NCF chief executive officer Cranston Browne today at a Press conference. Browne said it was the NCF’s aim to ensure the art form did not die. “The NCF […]
Under the theme Strict Guardians Of Our Heritage; Firm Craftsmen Of Our Fate, the artwork presented on Sunday at the Barbados Central Bank’s 2016 Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition at The Grand Salle, portrayed he island’s past, present and future. The participating artists, celebrating and highlighting Barbados’ golden anniversary of Independence, showed the talent and […]
Bridgetown came spectacularly alive on Saturday afternoon, locals and visitors alike lining the streets to witness the First Citizens City Fest, which marked the official start of Crop Over 2016. Veteran calypsonian Grynner’s 2016 hit Turn On De Speaker featured prominently in the street parade that included the Bajan characters Green Monkey, Shaggy Bear and […]
The streets of Bridgetown came alive this afternoon as locals and visitors lined the streets to witness the launch of First Citizen’s Cityfest, which marked the official start of Crop Over. Veteran calypsonian Grynner’s 2016 hit ‘Turn on de Speaker’ featured prominently in the parade, which included the Bajan characters the Green Monkey, Shaggy Bear […]
The 32 semi-finalists in next week’s Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions are ready and raring to go. Earlier this week, they drew positions for the order in which they would perform next Friday at Kensington Oval. Newcomers Joaquin and Donnell told Barbados TODAY they were delighted to be in the semi-finals among the veterans. […]
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley is sending a strong warning to the “few misguided hoodlums” in Barbados that they will not be allowed to disrupt the Crop Over festival. A recent flair up of gun-related incidents, including the alleged brandishing of firearms at a party, and a threat of a “bloodbath” at […]