Sounds of the Sea­son:

An Anal­y­sis

Crop Over Souvenir - - VISITING FOR THE FESTIVAL -

Crop Over! A time when many ca­lyp­so­ni­ans re­view cur­rent so­cial events and ar­tic­u­late their views through mu­sic. Many of the Pic-o-de­crop fi­nal­ists touched on con­tro­ver­sial top­ics.

Over the last 12 months, the at­mos­phere sur­round­ing Bar­ba­dos has been highly charged due to stormy is­sues in­volv­ing our labour move­ment, en­vi­ron­ment, eco­nomic re­ces­sion and pol­i­tics. Then came Elec­tion Day on May

24, when our na­tion saw light­ning strike the same place 30 times – yes, cit­i­zens wit­nessed all 30 par­lia­men­tary seats be­ing won by the Bar­ba­dos Labour Party. This was more than enough to split open a new set of con­cerns such as mis­man­age­ment of govern­ment con­tracts, the an­tic­i­pa­tion of aus­ter­ity mea­sures and the emer­gence of a more vo­cal LGBTI com­mu­nity. This cli­mate cre­ated grand op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­men­tary by some of the great­est in the busi­ness – our calyso­ni­ans.

As the fi­nal­ists were Mr Blood, Donella, Bill­board, iweb, Colin Spencer, Kid Site, Adrian Clarke, Jude Clarke, Struc­ture, and Crys­tal Cum­mins-beck­les.

Calypso Monarch An­der­son Mr Blood Arm­strong sang of Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment, writ­ten by Don “Sir Don” Mar­shall. The song clev­erly looks at the re­cent sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims by many fe­males overseas. It high­lights the fact that in­ci­dents of the past resur­face, and that Bar­ba­dian males also can cry, “Sex­ual ha­rass­ment!” even if you, “wink at me or long out your tongue, flaunt cleav­age when I am around”. Donella Weekes-oliver, one of the two fe­male Pic-o-de Crop fi­nal­ists, shared her heart with Crop Over Sou­venir, “[My song, Pray for the Chil­dren] re­ally just reaf­firms the need to keep our chil­dren in prayer af­ter all the neg­a­tiv­ity go­ing around with the fights and vi­o­lence we see in the schools and on the streets”.

It is ob­vi­ous that Bill­board Mur­rell had no prob­lem liv­ing up to his name by dis­play­ing his views openly in Sex Change. “This thing sim­ple, don’t make it com­plex! Yuh can’t change yuh sex!” ex­presses his be­lief that sex change is not pos­si­ble, no mat­ter the be­havioural, sur­gi­cal or med­i­cal ad­just­ments. In spite of ob­jec­tions by the LGBTI, Bill­board con­tin­ues to ex­er­cise free­dom of speech.

Though he did not com­pete, the coun­try was blessed with a ren­di­tion of praise by ten­time calypso monarch St­ed­son Red Plas­tic Bag Wilt­shire. The tune, I Am Alive, was the only song he re­leased this year. As RPB took his fi­nal bow from com­pe­ti­tion, he en­cour­aged the na­tion to praise God in good times and bad. That’s why this joy­ful song is a note­wor­thy sound of the sea­son!

Donella Crys­tal Cum­mins-beck­les iweb Adrian Clarke Bill­board

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