Top Marks for Sanitation Service Authority of Barbados – NCF’s Chair praises Government Dept in their assessment of Kadooment 2010: Ken Knight also wants Calypso Tents merged down to a quartet, Bajan Cultural subsidies can only go so far

Crop Over gets an 80% pass from National Cultural Foundation Chairman Ken Knight, despite Gabby & Admiral or Soca Royale/TC controversies which marred the celebrations for many. Among the factors which caused the NCF Chair to weave a rose coloured assessment is the sterling duties performed by quite a proud few of Barbados’ most unsung heroes; the lorry-loaders and drivers of the Sanitation Service Authority.

L to R: Donna Hunte-Cox, CEO with NCF Chair Ken Knight at centre, NCF Consultant David Jordan fills out rank at extreme right

L to R: Donna Hunte-Cox, CEO with NCF Chair Ken Knight at centre, NCF Consultant David Jordan fills out rank at extreme right

Mr Knight spoke at an assessment and overview of Kadooment 2010 at the former Sherbourne of Two Mile Hill now Sandiford Cultural Centre {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Knight praised the efforts from the Defence Force, Police, even Media coverage – but what especially captivated the NCF Chair was how swiftly the popular red & gray trucks and the usual blue-shirted teams swooped in on dirty venues and leaving them like nothing happened.

Deputy NCF Chair C. Griffith in shirt & tie with NCF Committee member Errol Rollins in blue open-necked shirt at Griffith's left - you'll recall Rollins was one of the best Directors CBC had for TV Production, be it News or Home-grown commercials

Deputy NCF Chair C. Griffith in shirt & tie with NCF Committee member Errol Rollins in blue open-necked shirt at Griffith's left - you'll recall Rollins was one of the best Directors CBC had for TV Production, be it News or Home-grown commercials

In continuing his examination, Mr Knight nevertheless refused to indicate whether or not the Foundation will be considering legal action against calypsonian TC for reneging in vying for the Soca Royale at Bushy Park, however he was quick to declare the matter is closed for any further public consideration {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

While Mr Knight made it clear that Blood (Anderson Armstrong) is the declared winner of Soca Royale, the NCF director pointed out Bushy Park participants committed themselves in writing to the event.

While Mr Knight would like to see more private sector involvement in the coordination of events next year and the NCF adopting a more parent-like role, at the same time the Chair is of the view that some of the stakeholders themselves need rein themselves in – particularly the calypso tents {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The NCF Chair cannot see the Foundation pumping a subvention for 12 tents each year and the resources are thinner each time, it is better to limit the groups to four as this year the Tent occupancy was at around 20% which is not cost effective for the NCF nor the tents, so by reducing then the fruits for all can be fattened.

NCF Cultural Officers in front row - Andre Hoyte closest to camera, Ashanti Trotman in middle while Aja in 'locks concludes the front row posse for the day's session

NCF Cultural Officers in front row - Andre Hoyte closest to camera, Ashanti Trotman in middle while Aja in 'locks concludes the front row posse for the day's session

You will recall the Bajan Reporter suggested that perhaps judges should come in from other isles and only have a while to serve and that Kings have a shelf life of two years only so as to encourage more cooperation for ensuring future generations of this diminishing artform.

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  1. In the Advocate – Crop Over a success in spite of challenges; Caribbbean dictionary a success against all odds & the Diaspora Conference was a success. I wish I had been writing it down… everything in Barbados is a success… that’s why there is no improvement over the mediocracy that blankets the country. I see no ‘journalists‘ in the local media who have the guts to tell it like it is. Life in de tropics I guess……

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