BARP xplodes with soca

The Sea Rocks Dome in Maxwell, Christ Church, was alive with the sweet sounds of steel and soca as the Barbados Association Of Retired Persons (BARP) held its now annual Crop Over show –– Silver Soca Xplosion –– on Saturday.

Among some of the big names there to lend their support were Grynner, Red Plastic Bag and the Mosaic Steel Orchestra.

 

President of BARP, Ed Bushell
President of BARP, Ed Bushell

“BARP’s fete is for everybody . . . . It is dominated by seniors, but persons of all ages come to this party. This is a part of our outreach drive, which BARP has had to reach out to not only the older members, but the young as well.

“One of our themes is Bridging The Gap, and that means bridging the gap between us senior citizens and the younger generation. That is why we sponsor school projects, we do school essays. We engage in other things for the younger persons in Barbados,” Ed Bushell, the president of BARP, told Bajan Vibes.

Among the performers Saturday evening who had the scores of patrons rocking was Grynner, who went down memory lane with his numerous road march hits, including Leggo I Hand, Mr T and Stinging Bees, in which he changed up one line to say Owen was a Bee . . . . stinging everybody.

Bushell noted that this event was the first of many similar ones to come.

He said that the funds raised from Silver Soca Xplosion would go in part towards BARP’s personal action fund.

“That is a [fund] we maintain so that BARP members who are in dire financial need . . . we can help them. This is a programme that . . . we have been running for a number of years; but, as you can imagine, at this time more demands are being placed on it.

 

Sheila Bushell, (right) wife of the BARP president, getting down to the songs from Grynner.
Sheila Bushell, (right) wife of the BARP president, getting down to the songs from Grynner.
Mosaic Steel Orchestra.
Mosaic Steel Orchestra.

 

 

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