Cohobblopot – 100% Bajan: Marketing Strategy or Economic Reality? NCF vows a totally local event for 1st August

Rihanna, for all of her sluttiness, is a Bajan export – even if she hardly relays that info now, perhaps to our intense relief… The Merry Men, Spice & Co, Square One, Krosfyah, Alison Hinds and Li’l Rick are all well known exporters of Barbadian music – be it the Super Bowl, Toronto’s Caribana, USA’s Labor Day along the Eastern Parkway or Trinidad’s Carnival.

L to R - Rico "Reddman" Boyce, Peter "Celebration Time" Boyce, Tamita Griffith of Digicel & Tier Above - Nahtalee

L to R - Rico "Reddman" Boyce, Peter "Celebration Time" Boyce, Tamita Griffith of Digicel & Tier Above - Nahtalee

The fact is we have sent our music and culture abroad and profited from it one way or another. As far as I know, nobody, where we exported ourselves to, either objected to foreign music or that local jobs were superseded in favour of importation.

"This way, bring your pitchforks and torches, I hear NCF only fooling we this year and plan to hire Claudia Edward from St Lucia and Rachel Price from TT for next year's Cohobblopot!"

"This way, bring your pitchforks and torches, I hear NCF only fooling we this year and plan to hire Claudia Edward from St Lucia and Rachel Price from TT for next year's Cohobblopot!" {NB - Satirical comment, not fact, fair comment via humour}

But time and again, during not only previous Cohobblopots but Calypso Spektakulas, there has been an enormous almost Transylvanian Mob-like lynch-mentality raving against Buju Banton/Machel Montano/Vybz Kartel/David Rudder/any Trini or Jamaican singer/chanter, etc. from earning a dollar on our shores.

L to R - TC {Current Sweet Soca Monarch}; Khiomal {Co-Lead Vocalist of Krosfyah}; Alex Tasker from Digicel Marketing; David Jordan {NCF Consultant} & Standing: Wayne "Kool" Simmons - Corporate Communications Officer (Ag)

L to R - TC {Current Sweet Soca Monarch}; Khiomal {Co-Lead Vocalist of Krosfyah}; Alex Tasker from Digicel Marketing; David Jordan {NCF Consultant} & Standing: Wayne "Kool" Simmons - Corporate Communications Officer (Ag)

Have we chased away everyone from wishing to try and host a concert here, or have we reached the limit of our finances in terms of hiring regional talent for Cohobblopot this August 1st?Is it another sign of the global recession? Is this a new strategy from the NCF to mask why there are strictly local acts for 2010?

A wide cross section of the Media was present, whether or not they will perform a brutally frank assessment like this Web Magazine is another story...

A wide cross section of the Media was present, whether or not they will perform a brutally frank assessment like this Web Magazine did is another story...

{CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO} Official Announcement – The all Barbadian show will have Red Plastic Bag, Gorg, among others and look at Bajan cuisine and even the Bajan dance of Wuk Up.

Reddman with "Wrinkles" {hatted}, Queen T, and Terencia Coward-Thompson - a.k.a - TC

Reddman with "Wrinkles" {hatted}, Queen T, and Terencia Coward-Thompson - a.k.a - TC (ATTN: 3 of 4 shown are from Celebration Time's tent)

That voice is David Jordan, consultant for the National Cultural Foundation, who says Li’l Rick, Krosfyah and Hypa Kids are also part of this year’s menu. With Peter Boyce more closely involved with both the Foundation & CBC itself as a Board member, one is tempted to wonder why so many participants in this year’s Cohobblopot happen to be Celebration Time stable mates? Coincidence, good agents or something else?

Alex Tasker of Digicel hands over sponsorship cheque to NCF's David Jordan

Alex Tasker of Digicel hands over sponsorship cheque to NCF's David Jordan

The Red Hot Cohobblopot, set for the beginning of August, from the Nat’l Cultural Foundation gets its usual fiscal boost from Digicel, and a significant portion of these funds will go towards an upwardly revised Production Incentive  (It was not stated how much each entertainer would receive) for all of the local artistes performing on the night in question.

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