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Sweet for all

Sweet for all

Whether you were a patron or a vendor at Soca Royale last Sunday, you were in for a blast. Eighteen acts hit the Bushy Park stage, but only two victors emerged at the end of the night: Lil Rick was triumphant in reclaiming his Party Monarch crown with Energy, while Red Plastic Bag (RPB) rocked […]

Slap in the face

Slap in the face

While he has accepted his fourth place finish in the highly competitive Sweet Soca competition, Marzville is questioning how he received just 48 points out of the maximum 100 for his performance. The artiste, whose real name is Omar McQuilkin, performed the popular Give It To Yah at Soca Royale on Sunday night at Bushy […]

Child’s play

Child’s play

From the wee toddlers to the excited teenagers enthusiastically buzzed around the National Stadium for the annual Junior Kadooment jump last Saturday. The kiddies partied and paraded, proudly showing off their colourful costumes and creative makeup. It was a wonderland for the children who portrayed various mystical creatures and Barbadian characters. As the kiddies whizzed […]

Let party music play

Let party music play

Party music is not dead. It just needs to get airplay. That was the view of many of the finalists in this year’s Party Monarch competition at Soca Royale last Sunday, in response to complaints over the last few weeks that party music is dying and the competition should be scrapped. They insisted that the […]

Come clean!

Come clean!

The Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) is calling for a formal investigation into the results of last weekend’s Junior Kadooment contest, following objections raised by some of the bandleaders. Last Saturday 25-year-old Kevin Small walked away with the coveted Best Junior Band award for his Fifth Element band, Candy Land 246, beating out veteran bandleaders […]

Lil Rick Hits A Six

Lil Rick Hits A Six

Lil Rick went to Bushy Park yesterday with a game plan – and he executed it. The defending Party Monarch successfully defended his crown after outperforming his fellow competitors with his song Energy, which earned him 90 points. Lil Rick set the bar high on the night, performing first in that category of the Soca Royale competition with a high-energy performance that […]

Kiddies controversy

Kiddies controversy

Masquerade bandleaders who took part in last weekend’s keenly contested Junior Kadooment contest are up in arms after designer Kevin Small walked away with the coveted Best Junior Band award for his Fifth Element Kiddies band – Candy Land 246. The 25-year-old edged out seasoned bandleaders Gwyneth Squires and Trevor Nicholls, who had to settle […]

Two ‘Philipines’ reign at Bushy Park

Two ‘Philipines’ reign at Bushy Park

The eastern parish of St Philip can boast today of having not one, but two soca kings. Early this morning, Lil Rick successfully defended his Party Monarch crown, while veteran calypsonian Red Plastic Bag rocked his way back to first position in the Sweet Soca competition, at the end of a well-attended Soca Royale at Bushy Park, St Philip. […]

Fifth Element it is!

Fifth Element it is!

The results are in…. And after a keenly contested Junior Kadooment, designer Kevin Small has walked away with the coveted Best Junior Band award for his Fifth Element Kiddies Band – Candy Land 246, following yesterday’s parade at the National Stadium.   Small’s Fifth Element was also adjudged Most Colourful Band in the junior category as […]