Krosfyah pop-up for Independence
Popular Barbadian band krosfyah is giving its fans an opportunity to celebrate Independence come November 29, when it stages a pop-up party.
Edwin Yearwood and krosfyah, Grynner, Pong, the Grass Skirt Posse and others will pump up the soca-loving partygoers and leave them sweating into the wee hours of Barbados’ Independence Day when they take over Blackwoods Screw Dock in The City.
The pop-up party is also the band’s pre-29th anniversary jam. They started on December 31, 1989.
Manager Ingrid Holder told Weekend Buzz this was the third pop-up show for the year. The first was held in April and the other just before the Machel Montano show during Crop Over.
“It’s called a pop-up, so it’s usually a spontaneous decision. I decided last week to do an event for Independence as we would be home. I’ve been getting very, very good responses, and initial armband sales are through the roof. Pong will also be performing. He has not sung in years and I think it is going to be very refreshing and exciting to see him hit the stage again.
“We’re not doing anything for Christmas because we will not be here. We will be in the US Virgin Islands.”
Holder said although the band would be in Barbados for Old Year’s Night, they will not be doing an event but the musicians will do their own thing.
She said that they band would be “taking a break for our 29th anniversary”.
“If life is spared and we’re altogether next year, December 31st 2019 will be 30 years of krosfyah, so we will try to do something exceptional for that night,” she added.
Despite the obvious decline and demise in large bands in Barbados, and fewer shows when compared to previous years, the soca band which features Edwin on lead vocals was still getting bookings.
“Things have slowed down a bit market wise. The trend now it seems is that both locally and overseas, promoters are opting to do either track shows or DJ events. Basically, their complaint is sponsorship but we’re still trending in markets that prefer to see live bands. We’ve been doing a few festivals and hopefully things will pick up more in 2019.
“So krosfyah is still out there carrying the Bajan flag and doing our best to survive amidst the financial deprivation of some island scenarios with lack of sponsorship, bad economies and so on,” said Holder.
The pop-up party promises to be a great show, she said, urging those who want to see the band perform for the last time this year to grab those armbands early.