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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 […]

And then there were nine . . .

And then there were nine . . .

After six hours of gruelling competition and just about an hour of deliberation last Friday night, the judges determined that Aziza, Adonijah, Adrian Clarke, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Colin Spencer, Donella, Ian Webster, Mr Blood and TC would be the ones to challenge reigning Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Classic on July 30 at Kensington Oval. And as they say, […]

Praise for young brigade

Praise for young brigade

The emergence of a new brigade in this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop competition has delighted many veteran performers who are hailing the development as an encouraging sign that the future of calypso is in good hands. This year, four former junior monarchs Ah-Dee-Lah, Aziza, Sammy G and Sir Ruel and a newcomer Jamal Slocombe are among the […]

Hail the prospective kings and queens

Hail the prospective kings and queens

And then there were 18. Few can have much argument with the choices made by the Pic-O-De-Crop judges very early Monday morning after the Stray Cats ended their tent’s presentation at the Crane Beach Hotel. Those finding favour for the competition’s semi-final were: Adrian Clarke, Ian Webster, Adonijah, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Jamal Slocombe, TC (De Big […]

Pic semis back to Stadium

Pic semis back to Stadium

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 […]

De Big Show quality overfloweth

De Big Show quality overfloweth

One had to be at the Sea Rocks Dome of the Barbados Beach Club last night to truly appreciate the fabulous fare on offer. Proceedings started on a high note and ended with the venue in an uproar, as the Mighty Grynner left fans in a frenzy. The veteran who has graced the local stage […]

Classic’s title well earned

Classic’s title well earned

In one fell swoop, memories of years of frustration, disappointment, heartbreak and frequent accusations –– fair and unfair –– of singing off-key were erased with a popular and resounding victory for Classic on Sunday morning at Kensington Oval. There might have been a few names –– most notably Donella’s and Colin Spencer’s –– on the […]

Calypsonians pull out all stops for finals

Calypsonians pull out all stops for finals

Calypsonians pulled out all the stops in the first half of the Pic-O-De-Crop finals tonight, with the nine finalists seeking to dethrone reigning monarch Ian Webster. Webster’s delivery of ‘What is Calypso’ was an apparent response to his critics who continue to question his 2014 piece, ‘Karaoke”. First-time finalist Donella admitted to being a bit […]