Let's Start with the Kids :)! I was watching this competition along from home and I quite enjoyed it. The younger calypsonians are definitely holding the future in their hands. Many of the songs had good lyrics and of, course as they are children, you can't expect every execution to be perfect, but it was very good. The Junior Calypso Monarch was won by Quinn P in the 8- 12 category, singing "Living With HIV" and in the 13-18 category by Honesty with the song "Respect de Disable". The top prizes included a cash prize, staycation vouchers, electronic gadgets and huge trophies. For the placement of the other top 3 contestants and all of the prizes, you can click here.
As for Kiddies Kadooment, the winners' pool was mixed with names like Renee Ratcliffe, Yasmin Vlahakis, Trevor Nicholls and of course, Qywneth Squires appearing multiply times. Not surprisingly, plethora of the primary school bands are coming forward with award-winning presentations as well. These types of bands have been improving year after year with schools like St.Mary's Primary taking a number of prizes in this year's Junior Kadooment.
Soca Royale was won with much controversy (at least to me and some others). I think it was a bit unfair that persons from the same band were allowed to participate so many time, won so many top positions, as well as had an addition prize added onto their winnings. If I were a Soca artist, I would probably boycott the Soca competitions for the next Crop Over. It just doesn't seem fair, but that's just my view.
|Soca Royale venue before the huge crowds|
Anyway, the Sweet Soca Competition was won by Blood with "Ah Can't Wait", while Biggie Irie came 2nd with "Ah Need Ah Riddim" (honestly I think Biggie should have won). Then for the Party Soca segment, Soca Kartel won 1st place, followed by its members Mikey and Blood who won 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
|Biggie Irie performing|
On Friday night, the Cave Shepherd All Stars had quite a presence at the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals with 3 of their participants winning top titles. Ian Webster (Cave Shepherd All Stars) carried away the crown from the classic winners such as Red Plastic Bag from 2012. While Chrystal Cummins Beckles from the same tent, Blood, Collin Spencer,also from the Cave Shepherd All Stars and Aziza, took the remaining top 5 titles respectively. I wasn't following this competition as closely, so I'm not sure what songs each of them had.I do remember hearing a couple of the performances, and I loved Aziza's song "Guardians of Calypso". I think it's great that for some one so young, she placed well up there with more seasoned artists as well.
|Foreday morning jam!|
|Revellers party on til day break|
|Bridgetown Market was full of people all weekend!|
|Kids have all the fun! (Bridgetown Market)|
|Lil Rick performing at Cohobblopot|
Anyway, there weren't too many reports of misbehaviour or anything too serious. Most enjoyed their time on the road and that's great! If you want to see more images of Crop Over (every event), you could check out the official Barbados Crop Over Facebook page.
Thank you for following along with me as we experienced Crop Over! If you were a part of it, I hope you did enjoy it, I know I did. Next year, I hope to get out to see more events as well. If you weren't a part of it, what are you waiting for? Be here next year, where it's promised to be bigger and better! It Sweet fuh Days!
Official Crop Over Festival Website
Disclaimer: I am by no means affiliated with NCF or other promoters of the Crop Over Festival. I am just an independent party who thinks Crop Over is awesome, beautiful, and meant to be shared! Images are courtesy of the Official Crop Over festival page, where they are linked to the respective albums.