1999 Crop Over Season
Harvest of Winners in Barbados
by Elizabeth Watson, [email protected]
Kaiso No. 29, August , 1999 (In Kaiso 27 Kaiso
publisher Ray Funk reviewed Elizabeth Watson's
discography of Barbados artist,
John King. ) More
Crop Over in Barbados in the 20th Century is a thing of the past when the
Festival concluded on August 2nd. In keeping with past years, three
events were held during the festival - Party Monarch, Pic-o'-de-Crop and
of the Crop Competitions.
Party Monarch Competition
This event seeks to identify the best party tune of the year. It is
soca number. Each competitor renders one piece at the preliminary
which 20 semi-finalists are chosen. From the pool of semifinalists 9
competitors are chosen to challenge the previous year's winner. The
defending the crown is automatically a finalist, who, in 1999, was Lil'
Edwin Yearwood's "Agony" narrowly defeated
Red Plastic Bag (RPB)'s
To some extent this was a surprise victory as many persons felt that RPB
sure winner. Edwin is currently on tour with his band Krosfyah.
had to fly over 15,000 miles, from California, to participate in the
this event. He rejoined the band immediately after winning the
The finals of The Party Monarch Competition were held on Sunday July 25th
the scenic Barclays Park on the East Coast of the island. The venue
called "the calypso bowl" because of the natural formation and
that the Atlantic Ocean renders to the site. Other popular party tunes in
are Mac Fingall's "Soca Man" and "Pelt Yuh Hand"
by Miss Wiggins Last Son,
formerly Peter Ram.
The Barbados Calypso Monarch Competition culminates at the National
the Friday night preceding the first Monday in August. It has the
of stages as the Party Monarch Competition. Eighteen semifinalists
judges to determine the 8 finalists. This number was increased by
one in 1999
because of Red Plastic Bag's decision not to defend his crown. (He
stress caused by his involvement in the management of a new tent, The
Atlantic Headliners as the main reason. His withdrawal led to
contributions to the call-in radio shows and contributions to the national
Gabby's 6th win makes him the most crowned calypso monarch of Barbados.
Sport" (a political commentary) and "This World" (a
environmental issues), both self-penned were his pieces. "Mock
term meaning making fun of) is a medium-paced catchy tune while the slower
"This World" won the Best Melody of the Competition. Based
on the published
scores, he convincingly beat his opponents.
Kid Site, a former
second place. His pieces "Take Him Down" and "The man
from St. Peter" are
political commentaries. "Take Him Down" deals with the
proposal to remove a
statue of Horatio Nelson from its prominent location in the capital -
Bridgetown. "The Man from St. Peter" relates to the general
Prime Minster represents the constituency of St. Peter and the lyrics are
written as if a lady (the electorate) is leaving her gentlemen (the other
party) for the man from St. Peter. Both numbers are also
a crowd favourite placed third. She sang "Broken Dolls"
which deals with
against women, primarily rape and "Victory" which looks at the
and predicts that black people will be victorious in their struggles,
significant drum sections in this piece. The last is a Gabby
Both were slow numbers.
Khiomal, a 17 year old, former Junior Monarch and
runner up in the 1999 Junior competition was adjudged 4th by the judges.
self penned "Children Get Up" encourages children to take a
greater part on
society and assume more responsibility for their actions. "Rise,
Rise," written by John King, is a patriotic number which encourages
to love and care for their country. This piece was adjudged the
winner of the
BATMAN (Barbados Association of Tent Managers) Best Nation Building Song
competition. Several people are encouraged by Khiomal's performance and
feel that he is a calypsonian to watch in future competitions. The other
finalists were Adrian Clarke, Invader no # 3 (a former monarch),
and Kathy Clarke.
Tune of the Crop Competition this award is for the tune that is most
the masquerading bands. The winner was RPB's "Volcano."
This competition is
equivalent to the road march competition in other countries.
Miss TC. New direction. includes the 2 tracks that she rendered in the
Mac Fingall. Last bum bum. Bayfield Records. includes his popular
soca man," "Cushion" and "Barbados Belong to
Red Plastic Bag. 246010100. Bayfield. includes the popular
"Volcano" and the
slower number, "Hold on and dance."
Square 1's Fast Forward has 19 tracks most of which are soca numbers.
Spirit of the rhythm Vol. 4 - a Roett-Hoyos Productions compilation
Adonijah's "Tenor Pan" which has some beautiful tenor solos by
Adrian Clarke's "Wuk-up Symphony" which merges the Blue Danube
Waltz with a
wicked soca tune and a remake of "Sugar bum bum" featuring
Natahlee and Kitchener. Other compilations are Hot like Fire and Right and Wrong.
Calypso Monarch Gabby has not released his songs commercially, however he
the studio and hope to have a release on the Ice label before the end of
Kings of Kings Competition
The first leg of the King of Kings Calypso Competition was held in
August 6th. The second and final leg will be held in Port-of-Spain,
on August 30th. 18 Calypsonians are vying for the top prize of
(approximately (US$42,000). The competitors are Rebel and Winford
(Guyana); Batchelor (St. Lucia's monarch); Singing Sandra (TnT's monarch);
Duke, Gypsy, Cro-Cro, Black Stalin, Mystic Prowler (former TnT monarchs);
Scrunter (TnT); G.B. (Young TnT monarch); Kit Site and Invader no3 (former
Barbados monarchs); Adonijah and Ras Iley (Barbados); Gabby (Barbados
Swallow (Antigua); Black Wizard (Grenada).
Outstanding performances in the first leg came from Sandra, "Voices
ghetto" and "De Equalizer," Rebel, "Lick He Down"
and "Second Hand Man;" Black
Stalin, "Sufferers" and "Pan Makers,"; Gypsy,
"Man Call Himself" and
"Caribbean Sport"; and Cro-Cro "Tribute to Allison
Hinds" and one other.
Performers have to render 4 songs from the following categories: social
commentary; humorous; party; pan. Only one of the four songs
rendered has to
be an original work and performers can sing the work of anyone they
final leg of the competition in Port-of-Spain promises to be exciting.
30th has been designated as World Calypso Day thus, holding the finals of
competition on this day is an appropriate way to mark the observance.
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