Kros­fyah pop-up for In­de­pen­dence

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

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.

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