I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THAT – Rights & Wrongs of Celebration Time’s tent launch for Barbados’ Crop Over Music Season 2010

First off, let’s praise the marketing savvy of Peter Boyce – Plantation Garden Theatre was BURST, I did an unofficial check with some tent regulars and most were of the view there 500 to 700 patrons Tuesday nite for the delayed launch of Celebration, cars were parked as far away as on the roundabout by the Top Rock Shell station! What recession, eh? Folks had money to pay admission at least, apart from getting drinks and food – which were not unreasonably priced.

Queen T got all the males' pulses zipping along with her crew joining in for a "Wiggle & Dip"

Queen T got all the males' pulses zipping along with her crew joining in for a "Wiggle & Dip"

If you go purely by the audience response then there was general satisfaction by 87% of the posse, however, there were some concerns on my part – one was the fact there seemed to be a pimp for Peter’s Opposition hovering and telling everyone how good Bacchanal Time is – so why are you at Plantation, bub?

Tell the folk at the George Street Auditorium to invest in some ginormous Port-A-Cool fans like what was there at Plantation! When you head for a packed George Street Auditorium, expect to drink ’nuff water as you go in a Bajan sauna and pour sweat nonstop! How can you enjoy a tent when you are melting?

The former Richard Stoute Teen talent winner in drag with some of the Celebration Time's band members

The former Richard Stoute Teen talent winner in drag with some of the Celebration Time's band members

I was not content about the content of Celebration Time’s menu and methods of presentation… Ishiaka was great imitating top Bajan comedians and radio personalities, but when he was doing the contests for giveaways for the audience he took too long, many of his questions were Soccer World Cup oriented – if men came up to compete then that would be great, but many women and a few kids popped up, so they were at a loss for the most part (one toddler asked what was a sponsor when Ishiaka asked him to name two people who supported the tent, luckily he cut the quiz short for that time and gave the prize to the li’l man).

Peter Boyce is resembling a politician, in that he promised Social Commentary appears not tot be delivering so far in his menu of songs at the popular calypso tent - now in its second year

Peter Boyce is resembling a politician, in that he promised Social Commentary appears not tot be delivering so far in his menu of songs at the popular calypso tent - now in its second year

His send up of Rachel Price was a bit unfair in many ways, she has slimmed down to an amazing degree – she now resembles a runway model so his outfit seemed inappropriate in representing her, plus, Rachel’s comedy is not always about sex, yet he constantly made lewd references when pretending to be the No 1 female comic of the Twin Island Republic. What a great example he set with little children in the audience, nice going – NOT, dUUUUh!

Long Fellow, not only pronounces his lyrics and has worthwhile compositions, but is an excellent dresser!

Long Fellow, not only pronounces his lyrics and has worthwhile compositions, but is an excellent dresser!

In the original launch of this year’s line-up, Peter Boyce promised there’d be lots of social commentary – however there seemed to be a drought of this commodity compared to party material. Cyclone‘s “Doan Sing DatLong Fellow‘s “All of We is B’s” and “It has come to Pass” plus Baby Doll‘s “Aduwayo Africa” were the sum of that genre for the evening when compared to Khiomal, Reddman, Lil Rick & Hypa Kids, Mr Impact, Queen T, Rusty Pin, Wrinkles and Ramases. When you consider a major portion of the latter group each had two songs then you realise that social commentary was not on Celebration’s ‘front page‘ at all! Here’s a taste of Celebration’s party people {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR MUSIC};-

DOAN TELL ME NUTTINKHIOMAL; WRITTEN BY: KHIOMAL NURSE, PRODUCED: PETER COPPIN @ MONSTAPIECE STUDIO & MIXED BY: PETER COPPIN

Long Fellow for some reason is yet to make the finals of Pic O’De Crop calypso monarchy, yet his diction and structure is of a class worthy of former monarch Romeo, and his tunes were intriguing and well-balanced. “All of we is B’s” refers to seeking both parties on Barbados’ political landscape to put aside bickering and help make the country what it was known all over the world once more. “It has come to Pass” is in part a review of why it’s necessary for politicians not to serve more than 2 terms and examines what flaws there were when Barbados was under the lengthy stewardship of Owen Arthur.

Here is Wrinkles, causing many a patron to go on the verge of cursing that nite - "Not Fuh Ras..." um, "Not For A Soul"

Here is Wrinkles, causing many a patron to go on the verge of cursing that nite - "Not Fuh Ras..." um, "Not For A Soul"

While it was definitely a naughty tune, which I had reservations since children were attending, nevertheless I loved Wrinkles‘ “Not for a Soul” which was semi-commentary but more a play on Bajan slang. Take that title and say it fast and you will discover a whole new context!

There was a claim made that Ishiaka's tune was vetted by 3 lawyers, it was such bland tripe it only needed one Paralegal - certainly not worthy of being deemed Social Commentary, Cyclone's sole effort that night which lambasted Economic Affairs Minister David Estwick over the alleged gun affair in Parliament's lobby with Opposition MP Dale Marshall is far more biting

There was a claim made that Ishiaka's tune was vetted by 3 lawyers, it was such bland tripe it only needed one Paralegal - certainly not worthy of being deemed Social Commentary, Cyclone's sole effort that night; part of which lambasted Economic Affairs Minister David Estwick over the alleged gun affair in Parliament's lobby with Opposition MP Dale Marshall is far more biting

Celebration Time’s judging night by NCF is on the evening of Friday 9th July at the same Plantation Garden Theatre, and from there they go north to Alexandra and east to Grantley Adams’ Memorial secondary with a culmination on the 29th at Wildey Gym for the best of Crop Over plus Celebration Time.

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