Layne: Festival serious business
Veteran Kadooment bandleader Anthony Layne has called on the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to play a more effective role in ensuring bands stick to their contractual arrangements.
“It needs to be looked at more holistically,” Layne said recently when he announced plans to take a section of Kontact Band to participate in Hollywood Carnival in 2019.
Layne was particularly concerned that in an instance where as many as 29 bands could be launching, only 19 might show up on Kadooment morning, with four or five opting not to go through the National Stadium for judging while one or two did not make it to the parade.
“At the end of the day, when you have people signed up for a band, especially the overseas people, it is Barbados that is affected by it.
“I think that NCF must look at it totally differently (so) that when you say you are bringing a band, that you do whatever is possible to make sure that the band hits the road (and) make sure band members have their costume.”
These were the kind of issues arising in this year’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment that saw band members taking complaints to the Fair Trading Commission and being refunded monies paid.
Layne said Crop Over had changed and was now “serious business”, generating revenue not only for the bands, but also for make-up artistes and other support groups that were reaping benefits from the spin-off. He contended it must now be seen as a global festival and be marketed as such.
Kontact Band is associated with a Washington charity called Robinson’s Smiles and Hope Foundation, which used the occasion of the news conference to make a presentation to the band.
Vania Thompson, known as Vayne, brand ambassador for Slam 101.1FM and a supporter of Kontact, handed over the gift of clothing on behalf of the Washington organisation to Nicole Alleyne Phillips Ayikpa, president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
The gift will go the Shelter For Battered Women.
Kontact Band leader Anthony Layne (right), his assistant Macara Thornhill (left) and brand ambassador for SLAM 101,1FM Vania “Vayne” Thompson handing over the gift of clothing for the Shelter For Battered Women to president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Nicole Alleyne Phillips Ayikpa.