Post Mortem of Barbados’ Crop Over 2010 – Is this the Death of Social Commentary? Is it time for privatisation? {PG-13: Language, Mild Sexual Situations}

In another article I saw Anthony Carter – the Mighty Gabby at UWI the other nite and I approached him on the alleged altercation between himself and the other Anthony … “Admiral International” Nelson, over the tune Ole Ashe which helped Gabby earn the crown, which some say is salsa but others say is an evolution of calypso.

This is a cheeky look from The Bajan Reporter at Kadooment & Crop Over 2K10, who had nothing to do with this cheeky Bajan Yankee

This is a cheeky look from The Bajan Reporter at Kadooment & Crop Over 2K10, who had nothing to do with this cheeky Bajan Yankee

Kid Site/David Piggott (no longer a kid) is vex at being denied a chance at the finals and deemed good enough for only a Reserve. He says he was denied a chance for his tent affiliation (I listened to the audio at Nation News), when Site became king for 4 times what happened to his tent affiliation then?

In my view, the only time he was stolen of the Crown was when he did “Too Malicious & Dangerous” which was Social Commentary and Party all at the same time! It was a wide-ranging song where no personality was safe and was well-structured for picong (impromptu kaiso verse). But it seems Kid Site feels he’s a finalist every time?

Maybe if the Performers feel NCF doing it all wrong then do it themselves? I see similar laments in Grenada, St Lucia and Trinidad, so let the singers do it, if they fly? Cool! If they flop? Then they understand NCF has a role in the function – in USA or UK their Govt’s hardly ever get concerts organised, case in point would be lollapalooza which was coordinated by a number of Alternative bands.

If Calypsonians are monarchs for only two terms, then maybe they'd be more likely to teach and share the artform so it does not die out?

If Calypsonians are monarchs for only two terms, then maybe they'd be more likely to teach and share the artform so it does not die out?

Gabby is now king nine times in a row, which probably annoys the Bayfield crew who feel Stedson Wiltshire should be Pic O’De Crop Monarch forever – yet he too is King for nine times (one too many victories IMHO, I still don’t feel he deserved it for Something’s Happening which sounds like many of his other older material, I remember walking home from Kensington Oval with the wife in 2009 and saying so out loud and she begged me to shut up as there people near who looked like they’d pick a fight with me for daring to speak treason, there are people who really feel if he saysroach/boat/moatthen that is Tune O’De Crop) – both can open taxi stands or car hires!

I think the time has come for Barbados to do like US Presidencies, limit a Monarchy for two terms and no more… Judges are allowed three years but I think two terms as well and even further? The judges need to be culled from other islands, and rotate them from other isles for every two terms as well, so as to maintain an impartial assessment.

If Bayfield had its way, RPB would be the Castro of Bajan calypso and ruler for life...

If Bayfield had its way, RPB would be the Castro of Bajan calypso and ruler for life...

I was not at Finals nor Cohobblopot due to severe budgetary cutbacks… Yet I was made to understand Cohobblopot’s full local entertainment policy seems to have failed, apart from the purported assault, one of my network relayed to me via Blackberry Messenger;- “Large crowd on grounds, but still room. Stands were fairly half full, based on ticket sales, larger crowd than bushy park but it didn’t look so?” I was also made to understand there seemed to have been some audio challenges and that some audience had trouble hearing at different areas and left out of frustration…

According to Peter Boyce - this part of the evidence, but I want to know where are the bruises? He has a light complexion and it would show very easily...

According to Peter Boyce - this part of the evidence, but I want to know where are the bruises? He has a light complexion and it would show very easily...

Lack of witnesses may work in Admiral Nelson‘s favour? He claims the Mighty Gabby assaulted him and Nelson reported the Monarch to Police, but when I saw Gabby? He said he was never in custody and there was no bail. The alleged dispute has taken legendary proportions, while some may question Ole Ashe’s status – no one thinks Gabby was guilty, everyone feel “Admiral” deserved the blows if any were thrown as this stick cartoon suggests;-

Here’s what another member of the BRNN (Bajan Reporter News Network) implied may have unfolded but seems fuzzy based on Gabby’s clarification;-

“‘And It Has Been Confirm, Gabby Is Currently In Police Custody. . . . . . Gabby And The Admiral Got Into A Very Nasty And Heated Argument Backstage At Cohobblopot (Assumingly Over Gabby Winning The Crown) Which Resulted In Gabby Showing The Admiral Why He Should Be And Deserve To Be Called A KING As Both Parties Went Fist To Fist Rolling Bout Backstage To Only See A King Washing Off A Admiral, Nothing Was Spared The Wrath Not Even The Props.’

(One Can Only Speculate That The King’s Mean Left Hooks Is The Result Of Holding A Mic For 40 Or Some Years)’

Admiral Was Then Later Seen Walking Around Nursing The Blows Gabby Gave Him With A Ice Pack While Rocking A Really Kool Tite Ass Torn Up Shirt Design Exclusively By The Mighty Gabby.'”

Many people claim after this conference here between the CEO & Chairman of NCF with Admiral who finds a new shirt real fast, that in fact Admiral was asked to leave the premises of Kensington Oval so as not to embarrass Crop Over or exacerbate any further tensions existing at that point

Many people claim after this conference here between the CEO & Chairman of NCF with Admiral who finds a new shirt real fast, that in fact Admiral was asked to leave the premises of Kensington Oval so as not to embarrass Crop Over or exacerbate any further tensions existing at that point

For some strange reason, I keep recalling the end of Gabby’s “Needles & Pins” when the outside woman hollers for “MURDER!!” as the wife pours blows in her crutch, LMAO! The debate over what really happened spread further on the Internet in the realm of facebook, where Mikey Hulsmeier had a roaring debate with “Admiral Nelson over what is calypso;-

Anthony Nelson FREEDOM
OF EXPRESSION: GABBY SINGS JACK, BOOTS, SEND AN ANSWER FUH WE AND MANY
OTHER ACCUSATIONAL SONGS. SONGS ABOUT PEOPLE,
POLITICS,SEX,SOCIETY…NOT ALL ACCURATE BUT CLEARLY DEFINED AS TO WHERE
THE MESSAGE WAS INTENDED…HE WAS NEVER ACCOSTED…GABBY IS A VERY


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Renne Mings Very good point !!!
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Renne Mings I don’t see BLP members going around and striking people like Collin Spencer, I don’t see Adrian Clarke and John king physically fighting each other… Calypso has always been a war of words, the journalist forum to publicize corruption and corrupt people, and Calypsonians do so boldly in the tents. Mia should be in jail for life all now is she was to lash out like Gabby.
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Vickie Durant Exactly!! Was good you maintain your dignity…..shame on Gabby!!! truth is truth, I when to a calypso finals on friday night where a Latin calypso song won the finals never happened in the history of Barbados……….total maddnessssssssssss
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Fluffy Oneinamillion so true admiral he ain’t no man he is a coward to the truth
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Mike Hulsmeier lol..Ms Durant..so because something never happened in the history of Barbados means what? That song speaks to the very ORIGINS of Calypso. A brilliant piece of work. We have become way too narrow minded…because the standard of everything is so low….we don’t know great when we hear it anymore. As well as listen to the lyrics of Gabby’s song, I urge you to check Terry Arthur’s facebook page and see his postings of calypso from the early to mid 1900s. You will learn alot. One logical thing is that from Trinidad you can SEE Venezuela. Almost everything in Trinidad got a spanish name. The Capital is Port Of SPAIN…south is San Fernando…central is Chaguanas. If it never happened in the history of Barbados before….it happened now…and it’s very legitimate….it’s HISTORIC. As far as Gabby striking Admiral is concerned, I would never openly agree with one person striking another just like that. But perhaps we should hear Gabby’s side of the story before we rush to judgement. I will say this tho….something like this has been brewing for a long time… Gabby happened to be the one….but you can bet that there are many out there that would love to do it….I respect Admiral as a DJ..these youngsters on radio now want nothing with him…he knows alot of music….and he gives the best interviews one on one….he knows alot about what you have done….. but Admiral is no saint….and he likes to stir up controversy all for the sake of getting more people to tune in to his show…at whatever cost…..he will say one thing today and something else tomorrow…he is not known for having much priniciple. My opinion.

prin·ci·ple/?prins?p?l/Noun
1. A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
2. A rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior.

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Anthony Nelson Mike Hulsmeier….I wonder what would happen Mike if an Artist came up to you and struck you for not playing his song properly….This is why I will Prosecute Gabby in the highest court in this land for this atrocity…..you sound as though you condone beating up on people because they express an opinion…I hope this is not the case in your personal life!!!
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Fluffy Oneinamillion ort then once again stupid ppl
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Mike Hulsmeier Admiral don’t step to me with petty bullshit please. You are being impulsive and pig headed. I am a thinker Admiral. I don’t just spout the first set of shit that comes to my head or what I feel people wanna hear. Read what I said carefully. Most people will tell you that I am a man of serious integrity and PRINCIPLE. And I try really really hard NOT to speak on things I don’t fully understand. I am always learning. You seem to know it all. YOU are making an ASS CRATER of yourself. No disrespect.
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Mike Hulsmeier Stupid is as stupid does Fluffy.
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Mike Hulsmeier It’s not my fault that people can’t decipher between stupid and sense.
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Anthony Nelson MAYBE YOU NEED TO CAREFULLY READ WHAT YOU WROTE…AND WHY THE EXPLETIVES?
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Fluffy Oneinamillion some ppl r so far up they asssss that i can smell the bull shit coming from their mouths let someone hit u for talking n u give the reaction u giving now
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Vickie Durant ?@ Mr Hulsemeier, Good! You are entitled to your opinion as well as I am. I respect yours and I would appreciate you do the same. You don’t have my ear…..and I definitely don’t have yours…..my fact remains yes two sides of a story but ya know what if I speak out my mouth don’t give u the right to strick me yes I was not at cohoblopot but wrong is wrong! People boo TC I aint hear she rip of anybody shirt! So who little and who big? Nobody don’t get a gun put to them head to go on admiral show, if you’re not ok with what he does simply DON’T GO we are a free nation what’s wrong with speaking your mind! God bless
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Mike Hulsmeier Admiral expletives are to be used to ward off the vampires. Ever heard of Peter Tosh? One of my teachers. I stand by my words. I am not ashamed. And I will not change my mouth tomorrow to please any faction. That’s a big difference between me and you. People who are afraid to be taught and are insecure make those kinda comments Fluffy. No disrespect to you either. But I too am free to call it as I see it. I love all.
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Fluffy Oneinamillion i love all too but u r missing my point if it was u that someone hit for talking out your mouth i would of said the same thing i don’t care who judge me for my opinion there r three sides of the story both sides n the truth .i am free to sa…
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Mike Hulsmeier If you read what I said carefully…nowhere did I say I condone what took place. I am not a fool. I also gave the Admiral his respect. He decides he wants to talk about my personal life…how petty
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Fluffy Oneinamillion ok i get u mike

Many ppl's were starting to lose steam by the time them reach Eagle Hall

Many ppl's were starting to lose steam by the time them reach Eagle Hall

This is not all Hulsmeier had to say on the matter “VETERAN DJ/SHIT STIRRER VS THE VETERAN MUSICIAN“;-

The following is a conversation between dj Admiral Nelson and veteran producer and musician Terry Arthur, member of Square One, Steel Pan Player, Percussionist, Producer of numerous hit songs all through the diaspora and wherever else calypso is played. One of those who helped take calypso to the world. His knowledge of and his love for and his dedication to this artform are unquestionable. This piece contains gross disrespect and would give people a clear perspective on why someone would want to slap Admiral in his face. Reader discretion is advised. For more info on the origins of Calypso please check out Terry Arthur’s Facebook page.

Terry Ricardo Arthur: CALYPSO ..WITH THE LATIN FLAVOUR..CALYPSO BLUES…WILLIE ROSARIO …THIS WAS/IS A HUGEEE CALYPSO SONG…WITH A TWIST … ENJOY

Anthony Nelson: This is not Calypso…What is wrong with you people?? The inference to calypso and the calypso girl is how these guys looked at the west indies a long time ago, like a calypso island and a lot of them tried all sorts of things and called it calypso…Mexican, You should know better…This is R&B with the latin fusion…My question is….what is it? If you put Rum in a coke, it is no longer a coke and so BBC cant sell it as a coke. What makes calypso sooo different?

Terry Ricardo Arthur: YOU DONT DETERMINE WHAT IS CALYPSO ADMIRAL …CALYPSO CAN BE SUNG OVER ANYTHING..OR NTHING AT ALL ..ITS THE PHRASING …IT DID NOT JUST DROP FROM THE SKY,IT HAD TO COME OUT OF ANOTHER MUSIC FORM…IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE A MIXTURE OF RHYTHMS..TO THIS DAY IT STILL HAS NOT BEEN DEFINED BY A DRUM PATTERN … NOW IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT MODERN CALYPSO,THATS DIFFERENT …MEN USED TO SING CALYPSO OVER LATIN,JAZZ AND AFRO RHYTHMS..CHECK OUT THE SMITHSONIAN LOGS …UNTIL CALYPSO IS REDEFINED BY A PARTICULAR DRUM PATTERN IT SHALL REMAIN ,….BROADD..WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT..EVEN SONGS LIKE THE BANANA SONG ARE LABELLED AS CALYPSO ( WHICH WAS ON ONE OF THE FIRST ALBUMS TO SELL A MILLION COPIES BY THE WAY ) ..CALLED CALYPSO ..BUT WAIT,YOU WANT TO TELL ME WHAT CALYPSO IS.? I HAVE STUDIED,RESEARCHED,WRITTEN

,ARRANGED,PRODUCED,PERFORM

ED ..EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CALYPSO MY WHOLE LIFE…I MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CARS OR COMPUTERS OR R+B/FUNK OR ANYTHING ELSE..BUT ON THIS TOPIC SOMEHOW I THINK I AM A LITTLE MORE QUALIFIED ….UNTIL YOU DO ONE OF THE ABOVE THINGS IN CALYPSO (SUCCESSFULLY) ,JUST STICK TO PLAYING THE FINISHED PRODUCT/OR NT PLAYING IT WHEN IT COMES OUT ..TERRY MEXICAN ARTHUR..2010

Terry Ricardo Arthur: WAIT,I NOW KETCH MYSELF..IF YOU SEE A SONG NAMED ( CALYPSO BLUES) ,its one or two things,the calypso will be mixed with blues music..or the lyrics will be (blues) .i.e sad,or based on some kind of struggle,..so the calypso may not be pure,..and there is no telling what the split maybe..it could be 60/40 or 8010 ,or 50/50,who knows..but it would still be a calypso blues,..this is how it works ….i am a writer ….pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee dont make me pull out my credentials to see who is the expert between me and you ADMIRAL….lol.

Anthony Nelson: to make it is to understand it mexican….you do soca, not calypso

Terry Ricardo Arthur: lets imagine that i only do soca,,for your sake,..still who would be more qualified on the subject..me or you ? ..you have no idea about what i have done in my career ,..you may even only know my bjan producing side ….you have not a clue about all of my work ..i may be quiet,but dont get it twisted

Anthony Nelson: This is a waste of my time….

Anthony Nelson: I respect you mexican,I really do, but you are not accurate here…but anyways, we is we

Terry Ricardo Arthur: this is not a waste of my time, I LIVE AND BREATHE THIS …ADMIRAL,THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT YOU WOULD BE MORE QUALIFIED ON THIS TOPIC THAN I AM ….BELIEVE THAT..MAYBE R+B OR FUNK ,MAYBE EVEN RAGGAE..NOT THIS TRUST ME …

Anthony Nelson: I am a lot more qualified than you on this subject Mexican…I played pan long before you even thought about it…Of course you are better than I am because this is your profession and you play it almost every day. I played on cruise ships all over the place….you wont know that would you…..AND….the level of calypsoes I’ve heard, you have not dreamed to know about…wunna fellas just come to town…..lol

Terry Ricardo Arthur: BOY,TONY,I CANT WAIT TO PUT UP FACTS..i always had the research material in my house,left from my dad..but,who tell dem to give me access to internet ..hahahaha ..this is all i do all day,everyday ..hahahaha …lolhahaha,i can speak on no other subject though ,only calypso and soca music ..hahaha..well,maybe african dance and black history..lol..hahaha ..i here now trying to upload a calypso from 1905,hahaha..

Anthony Nelson: you dont have to upload it…I can give you…and most likely it’s from Trinidad….I have followed and researched kaiso all over the world so if you coming come good…Festival Stage……leh we gooo

Terry Ricardo Arthur: playing pan ?..that would qualify me the least ..lol..lets work it out..i was a PROFESSIONAL PAN PLAYER AT NINE…YOU ARE NOT 12 YEARS OLDER THAN ME..SO WORK IT OUT..YOU MAYBE SURPRISE TO SEE HOW LONG I WAS PLAYING PAN..HAHAHA..I AM QUALIFIED MORE THAN YOU IN EVERY AREA OF MUSIC EXCEPT TURN TABLES..DONT GO THERE..PLEASE TAKE YOUR ARGUMENTS TO THE LAYMEN..NOT ME..PAN PLAYING ON CRUISE SHIPS..LOL..I WAS THE FIRST PAN PLAYER TO EVER WIN EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH ON ANY CRUISE SHIP..SHHHHHH,DONT TELL NOBODY,LOL..PLAYING IN THE JAZZ BAND,CALYPSO BAND AND R+B BAND ..SHHHHHHH….LETS MEET AND MAKE SOME CALYPSO SONGS ,.LOL ..BOY,I WAS BORN TO PLAY,WRITE,PRODUCE AND ARRANGE MUSIC..DONT GO THERE..LOL ,I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT RUN AWAY..TRUST ME..

Terry Ricardo Arthur: YOU THINK I WILL COME ON FESTIVAL STAGE FOR YOU TO CUT ME OFF WHEN I START TO TALK ,I MUSSE MAD..GO OUT THERE AND MAKE SOMETHING,ANYTHING ,.BEFORE COMING TO ME ..MY WORK IS THERE TO SPEAK FOR ITSELF..EVEN LONGGGGG AFTER I HAVE GONE..MY LEGACY WILL BE THERE …I DID NOT SPEND A LIFETIME DOING WHAT I DO TO COME TO BOOST RATINGS ,I HAVE SONGS TO MAKE…TO BE PLAYED OR NOT PLAYED ..

Anthony Nelson: I WILL SHUT AND LET U HAVE YOUR SAY…………….I PROMISE

Anthony Nelson: MEXICAN, WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP….I TREASURE IT MORE THAN MANY….BUT YOU KNOW I AM STRAIGHT…….YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO APPEAR ON THE STAGE, BUT IF YOU BRAVE, PLEASE COME….I WILL LET YOU GO FIRST THEN I WILL HAVE MY SAY…..

Terry Ricardo Arthur: nah man,..this is de only topic that i would talk on..this is down my alley…i make music,..i can pick down any calypso song..chord for chord..any cross rhythm i can detect,i am also a percussionist..this is what i do..i would not go and argue with roger skeete about racing cars…lol …i have done it at all levels ..i usually like to keep it a secret ,especially my outside work ….where else would a dj challenge a man with my track record./..i,who have been doing this am not an expert ,what would make him think that he is?…make your contribution (a good one i might add ) ..but this is a different ballgame ..howwww in the name of all that is good could he be more of an expert on this topic than me?..well,well,well.. all these people telling me i should not come down to this level but i think i have to..then i will go back to being quiet..lol..hahaha

Terry Ricardo Arthur: nah boy..tht is not for me..take up my work and ridicule if you want,..but not me..go and make or do something dealing with this music…really and trully,i dont even think that i should be entertaining this topic..we are not on the same level …you can go and humiliate whoever but not me..i have invested too much …the difference between me and you is that i hold each and everyone of these artists in high esteem,from pong to red plastic bag..i am STILL in awe of their work,regardless of all of my achievements ,i love them and by extension i love their work ,i dont like when you humiliate them and i would never put myself in that possition……you be good..

Terry Ricardo Arthur: crop over is done..you can extend and bring on some sports people now to mess up..or politicians..hahahahaha…

ratings would be nice..maybe the WEST INDIES CRICKET TEAM..HAHAHAHA.. what the hell would i be doing discussing music with you on there..unless,i bring along my keyboard and play extended chords and ask you to name them,..lol..hahaha..

TC gave a BOOming performance that nite at Strathclyde!

TC gave a BOOming performance that nite at Strathclyde!

I also felt there was far too much party music and sponsors favouring Wuk Up over Social Commentary, all can be done in the same tune if you see what I said earlier about Kid Site, he’s an expert at this rare form of blending these styles… But not all in Crop Over was doom & gloom  – folk liked the longer route and hoped it would be better coordinated next year for a smoother and more punctual start, there was also an excellent fete in Strathclyde just before Kadooment not far from home when funds were raised for the Lynden Grove Day Care Centre for Senior Citizens & Infants, it was held on the last Saturday of July. Dis Is Mas’ fell under the patronage of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley who was seen shaking a leg to much soca.

Kevin Beckles from Simpson Motors was there, as well as Dr Allyson Leacock, so was ex-Spice band Roger Foster (Oy, he did NOT like being called a Party Pooper, LOL!), esteemed actress Cicely Spencer-Cross and many other luminaries of Barbadian society.

The variety of menu for the donation towards the ticket was more sumptuous than a five star hotel, and many a patron sat for a while before they headed for the dancefloor!

Grynner enhthralls the folks while Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, the fund raisers' Official Patron greets a pal

Grynner enthralls the folks while Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley, the fund raisers' Official Patron, greets a pal

They grooved to performances from GrynnerBlood, TC, RPB, Alison Hinds, Peter Ram and Lil Rick among many others – the highlight I was too late to witness but i heard the crowd… Carol Roberts did Lil Rick’s Guh Dung/Go Down! I shook my leg to quite a few of the tunes and was catching a breather when I hear the Chihuahua Businessman say he want Carol come on stage and do his hit tune for Crop Over 201 – I said to myself “Yeah, right!” Then I heard the crowd bawl for murder and by the time I could peel apart the mob she was already strutting off the stage flapping her hand at Li’l Rick as if to say “Tek dah!

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  1. poor Admiral, he really couldnt have pins and needles wid Gabby

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