Barbados Calypsonian “Blood” – Ranch perfect for Sweet Soca
Recently crowned Sweet Soca monarch Anderson “Blood” Armstrong has described the Ranch Crop Over Village as “a phenomenal investment in Crop Over” which in his view is an ideal location for hosting Sweet Soca events.
“It think it is tremendous what [owner] Paul (Johnson) has achieved this year with the Ranch, and with the Sweet Soca events now being held at smaller venues, I believe that down here would be ideal for the Sweet Soca competition.” Armstrong said.
The soca monarch made the comment on his first visit back to Spring Garden’s Crop Over hub where he has been a fixture this season. He gathered Tuesday with sponsors, associates and members of his Blood’s Brigade – of which the Ranch is a major sponsor – to give thanks following his heroics at the recent Soca Royale show at Bushy Park, St. Philip.
Blood brought the venue to life winning the Sweet Soca crown with the infectious “Ah Can’t Wait“, and then did the double by winning the Party Monarch crown as a member of the Soka Kartel duo with Michael “Mikey” Mercer singing their hit tune “Roll It“. Blood also grabbed third place in the Party Monarch with “Mo Fyah“.
A versatile veteran of the calypso stage who will also feature in the 2013 Pic-O-De-Crop finals, Armstrong added that in an ideal situation, an investment like the Ranch should outlast Crop Over:
“This is a spot which we wish did not have to close. It sets a positive vibe for persons coming down the Spring Garden Highway, and it is something which the artistes are very grateful for and which patrons have really been enjoying.”
Paul Johnson, President of Pauls Enterprises Ltd (PEL), which owns and operates The Ranch Crop Over Village, congratulated Armstrong on his outstanding performances.
“The last two year’s working with Blood has been an absolute pleasure. All the artistes seem to have raised the bar this year when it comes to production, but Blood has really stood out as a performer,” Johnson said.
Also commenting, Assistant Band manager of Jump Barbados Kadooment Band, Pedro Richards said the Ranch was ideally located both for seasonal shows and especially for Kadooment Day.
“It is a real blessing to have the Ranch here on Kadooment Day; so that when our revelers reach Spring Garden, they can continue to enjoy themselves, and have a safe, cool, and comfortable location for a great lunch,” Richards said.