Festival lovers looking for an awesome event that showcases exactly why Crop Over 2022 is rather more than a carnival, are invited to Golden Square Freedom Park, The City, this evening.
That’s where the Courts ICBL Crop Over Folk Concert and Day of National Significance Commemorative Ceremony will likely be staged on July 26, starting at 6 p.m.
The concert will highlight Barbados’ ascension under the theme: “Riots to Republic” and takes place within the centre of Bridgetown where masses of poor Barbadians sought redress for his or her social and economic conditions, and from which, National Hero Clement Payne emerged.
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is promising the free concert will likely be an inspiring, eclectic mixture of traditional folk music and story-telling performances, infusing various music genres.
Artistes including a 100-voice choir, The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter, Stiffy, Anderson “Blood” Armstrong, Sunrokk, BoBo, Rubytech, Alison Norville, Kareem Agard, recently-crowned Junior Monarch Yahandje, and Israel Lovell Drummers will grace the stage.
At the identical time, the event may even pay tribute to the revolutionaries of the 1937 rebellion that paved the way in which for Barbados’ independence and its transition to a parliamentary republic last 12 months.
Carol Roberts-Reifer, chief executive officer of the NCF, who conceptualised this 12 months’s event, said the cultural development agency couldn’t diminish the importance of the people concert to the Crop Over calendar despite the shortened version of events this 12 months.
Because the island celebrates the eighty fifth anniversary of the historic riots, the NCF chief explained the people concert will likely be divided into two components.
Roberts-Reifer said the primary will likely be an “essential and impactful” ceremony commemorating the events of 1937 that propelled Barbados into a contemporary independent society, through to the historic transition at which the British monarch was removed as sovereign.
The concert’s solid, she praised, represented “a beautiful mix of veterans and young talent” with a repertoire of gorgeous folk songs. These include traditional pieces,
unique takes on well-known melodies, in addition to newly unearthed talents.
The CEO hailed musical director Ryan Boyce and co-producer Kelly-Anne Gaskin, under whose creative guidance the event will likely be staged.
“We’re going to be presenting a night not only of nostalgia. . . but an appreciation of great Barbadian talent,” the NCF chief executive promised.
She added: “We will likely be in Golden Square, which comes with all the history and poignancy of the commemoration of that day.” (PR)