Zimbabwean Poet headlines 2010 Crop Over Read In: “Don’t Care Where You Come From” as NCF & CMMB join forces for Literary aspect of Barbadian Cultural Season

I Said If
You’re Thinkin’ Of
Being My Baby
It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

I Said If
You’re Thinkin’ Of
Being My Brother
It Don’t Matter If You’re
Black Or White

Michael JacksonBlack Or White

One of Robert Mugabe's favorite citizens, this is Comrade Fatso - hold on, he's, um, not that big a fellow is he?

One of Robert Mugabe's favorite citizens - NOT, this is Comrade Fatso - hold on, he's, um, not that big a fellow is he?

It’s almost a year and a month since Michael Jackson left us, but like true classics, his works are worth quoting – especially in the correct context… Last year’s Read In from the National Cultural Foundation created quite a stir, so much so, a Panel discussion was generated in November at Frank Collymore Hall. The stir was over what mirror image was sent to audience members, was race as an issue for Barbados too overdone or not handled enough?

Last year he was Headliner and this year he's the Master of ceremonies - Adrian "Amenyama" Green {File Photo from halcyon Limelight Cafe}

Last year he was a Headliner at Tyrol Cot and this year he's the Master of Ceremonies - Adrian "Amenyama" Green {personal File Photo from ye halcyon Limelight Cafe days}

Some Panellists suggested people be licensed for using the internet as a personal publication, when called on it in the Comments section of the Review of that Discussion – this Web Magazine vowed not to attend similar events until an MP3 recorder was purchased, as you will notice many items since then, including this one, have audio in them so as to add veracity to any quotations made.

With a startling voice which can do eerie renditions of the Cranberries, this is writer/poet and cat fancier Amanda Hoyos-Cummins back when Opa was the place to hang in Hastings for a Friday night

With a startling voice which can do eerie renditions of the Cranberries, this is writer/poet and cat fancier Amanda Hoyos-Cummins back when Opa was the place to hang in Hastings for a Friday night

I have no problem attending any event where potential controversy may arise where certain statements are made, as now no one can claim they did not issue a comment when they are recorded otherwise!

L to R: Dr Donna Hunte Cox - NCF's CEO; Elizabeth Morgan - CMMB's Country Manager (B'dos) & Sharon Small - Ms Morgan's Asst & Marketing Exec at CMMB

L to R: Dr Donna Hunte Cox - NCF's CEO; Elizabeth Morgan - CMMB's Country Manager (B'dos) & Sharon Small - Ms Morgan's Asst & Marketing Exec at CMMB

Be that as it may, I see Super Centre is no longer the main sponsor for the Read In this year (H’mmm, wonder why?) and now Caribbean Money Market Brokers (CMMB) has stepped up to the plate instead. With more local and overseas acts mixed together now and the show not merely limited to books, there are plans to regularise the show into a special annual event, perhaps outside of Crop Over, this was hinted at by the NCF’s CEO Dr Donna Hunte-Cox {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The CEO referred to when the current Tourism Minister liked the idea of running a performance literary event and wanted to see it streamlined for better appreciation by the public, perhaps involving impromptu works from the audience.

CMMB as a prerequisite for their investment, insisted on the part of Crop Over where brain muscles are used more than waist muscles, and this was commended by Dr Hunte-Cox {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The CEO disclosed how the regional financial group insisted on assisting Crop Over in this particular venture.

Mark Jason Welch (seated) strategising with Andre Hoyte and Dr Hunte Cox - Andre revealed Comrade Fatso was in fact a white African, it seems this was to have been secret until the night of the Read In on July 22nd, but some Media had already researched the Zimbabwean poet and were aware of this

Mark Jason Welch (seated) strategising with Andre Hoyte and Dr Hunte Cox - Andre revealed Comrade Fatso was in fact a white African, it seems this was to have been secret until the night of the Read In on July 22nd, but some Media had already researched the Zimbabwean poet and were aware of this

What about Comrade Fatso? Well the first thing you realise is… He’s skinny, LOL! (Actually, it brings to mind when a white man adopted Zulu ways in his music – can you recall Johnny Clegg & Savuka in South Africa years ago when they had a huge global hit, “Scatterlings Of Africa“?) Here’s a piece of what his bio says – “2008 saw Comrade Fatso and his band Chabvondoka launch their much-acclaimed album, House of Hunger, banned in Zimbabwe because of its criticism of the regime but praised internationally. House of Hunger is now on sale through different record labels in Europe and the USA. Fatso and Chabvondoka have performed extensively, having been invited to perform their riotous music at festivals in the USA, France, the UK, Portugal, Holland, Reunion, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa and, of course, Zimbabwe.

Not related to the Liberal Democrats' leader as far as we know, Johnny was probably an inspiration to Comrade Fatso

Not related to the UK's Liberal Democrats' leader as far as we know, Johnny was probably an inspiration to Comrade Fatso

Fatso’s poetry and music have appeared in print and broadcast media in over fifty countries around the world. At just 29 years old his poetry is already being studied at universities in the UK and South Africa. Fatso’s solo performances are intense and captivating. And when he unites with the band it’s one of the most electrifying, riotous experiences you’re likely to have watching live music.”

Treehouse Communications' Dale Forde poses a query to NCF's Marketing Officer, Andre Hoyte

Treehouse Communications' Dale Forde poses a query to NCF's Marketing Officer, Andre Hoyte

Mark Jason Welch sees the fact that Comrade Fatso as a white African spoken word poet proves that race has no bearing on talent, this is true… What shall be the proof of the pudding is how it’s digested. The night of July 22nd will be a huge cultural feast from both here and far, according to the acting Literary Arts Officer {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The local posse includes Sonia Williams, Anthony Kellman, Trina Headley, DJ Simmons and Amanda Hoyos-Cummins as well as the group Az Man along with Sun Rokk, while another overseas performer is a regular to Barbados – the spoken word Giant, Heru.

Apart from entertaining Barbadians, Mr Welch stated the Zimbabwean will also be enlightening Bajans who want to make poetry their career and how to succeed at it {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The Literary Arts rep for the NCF hinted Comrade Fatso will be hosting a special seminar while in Barbados, which looks at making culture a permanent career and not a professional hobby.

CMMB have plans on being a regular contributor for the Crop Over festival especially when it’s aspects of the season which require more thinking instead of pelting (waistlines).

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