Layne: Fes­ti­val se­ri­ous busi­ness

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

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.

(Pic­ture by Gercine Carter.)

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.

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