BU’s Crop Over Picks 2013


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  1. checkit-out June 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM #

    I beg to differ noting that it is only my opinion and most people might not agree with me. That tune and the delivery of it, the languages used, the packaging for a world audience, the overall very important message, and its other attributes suggest to me that any other calypsonian would have to come extremely strong to even compete with Ras Shorty I and that Calypso. Of course there have been other classics that come close and I think Sparrow’s “Philip my dear”; Gabby’s “Calypso”; Kitchener’s Pan classic; Terror’s Pan Classic; Adonijah’s “Rock in Ethiopia” and a few others that don’t come to mind immediately are in the general ballpark but Ras Shorty I’s calypso is exceptional.

    I am, as you can see, out of touch with the offerings from the current new crop of Calypsonians but from what I hear on the radio they don’t compare except there is one Bajan Calypsonian, Crystal Cummings? double barreled name, who is extremely impressive and just needs an original song to promote her to the top of the heap. She is extremely talented, in addition to being a trained musician in her own right.

    I heard ?Spencer of the smooth voice destroying his well earned legacy today on Fireworks with an awful song where he was attempting to marry Parang and Calypso. Now why would anyone in his right mind try to do that?

    Let me ramble a bit about singers in general. Unlike most Bajans, I think that the very best female singers of popular non-calypso music for all time are Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holliday. My top male singers are Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Seal, Billy Ocean, and I have an unheralded bajan up there, Lou Jiggs Kirton, whose voice, diction, phrasing etc. are awesome. Tony poser Grazette ain’t too far off either.


  2. David June 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

    Ian Webster trying his hand at uptempo:


  3. Hants June 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM #

    @checkit-out taste in music is personal and subjective.


  4. checkit-out June 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

    I think that is essentially what I’ve been trying to say in these posts. I think Gabby is the best Bajan calypsonian and that Plastic Bag can’t sing although he has some very good songs. My taste in that regard is obviously personal and subjective and mirrors that of only a super minority of bajans. But its my taste. I’m not trying to convince anybody about the relative merits of any particular Calypsonian. Just jotting down rambling thoughts about some of the calypsos and other music I like.


  5. checkit-out June 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM #

    David; I think this is a great blog for the archives. The youtube and other videos are a great resource. Perhaps you should pin this blog to the top during this season to capture all the videos as they come out throughout the season. The archival material should help tremendously in any discussion on personal tastes in calypso and any other matters relevant to crop over calypsos. e.g. Colin Spenser’s new calypso / parang offering could be a good starting point for a discussion here on the different sub-genres of calypso, what constitutes a calypso, eg. Parang is traditional Trinidad/Venezuelan Christmas music dominated by mixed but predominantly female singers and featuring one or more cuatro players with a very distinctive beat. Does the beat really lend itself to incorporation into the calypso genre? The Colin Spencer experiment sounded to me to be neither fish nor fowl but of course many others might ail it as the best thing that has happened to Bajan cropover calypsos for a long while.


  6. JUST ASKING June 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM #

    Bag cant sing ???
    Huh 1

    Isn’t it amazing that the people that wunna does say cant sing does be making the most money ?
    Commercial music is about gimmick


  7. David June 5, 2013 at 5:20 AM #


    Thanks for the suggestion. A button was created on the Sidebar and periodically during the season let us promote this particular blog.


  8. ac June 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM #

    say what u like about lil rick music one thing fuh sure it is not boring and sleepy might be repetitive in content but adds a lot of spark and energy which jives with the flavor and sex appeal of crop ova ;;;;;it is a good thing..


  9. BAFBFP June 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM #

    Ha Check … David is a die hard Rudder fan. No matter, one would have to be musically deaf not to acknowledge the musicality and genius of Ras Shorty I. Now tek a look at another stroke of genius, this time from a Bajan woman, and where as Ras has one, this person actually has four of equal merit …


  10. BAFBFP June 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM #

    And tek a look at the Masta …


  11. checkit-out June 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM #


    I also have those songs in my top drawer of Calypsos of all time. Looks like we have similar tastes in calypso music.

    There’s another Trinidadian Calypsonian that is close to the top of the heap that many Bajans seem not to have heard of. The Mighty Spoiler. Sir Don copied his style almost exactly.

    Hear Spoiler with Bed Bug!


  12. David June 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM #

    Agree Congo Man is top drawer.


  13. BAFBFP June 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM #

    Ha ha Double bass, and did I not hear a piano? I believe that to be a truly gifted calypsonian one should both be the writer and the performer. In my mind having one without the other disqualifies you


  14. Kiki June 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    What is Soca


  15. Admin June 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM #

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH for making mention of Antonio Rudder’s debut CropOver single!

    DE CARNIVAL (WE LOVE IT) by Antonio Rudder who is yes, the son of jazz musician/drummer, Pierce Antonio Rudder aka “Boo” (Antonio is not a jr., but shares his father’s nickname as well: “Boo”).


    Antonio Rudder is a natural born musician who was taught by Janice Millington at age 8 to play the piano. Continuing through to grade 4, he learned the basics that would guide him through his career as a professional keyboard player. As a youth, he recalls paying attention to live music (calypso tents, live video recordings) and how he was inspired by all the action taking place, the roles of band members, sound of the instruments and the energy of the crowds. It was in his local environment that his commitment to and resolve for making music developed. No matter the venue, the resources, or the work it would take, Antonio knew he would GET INVOLVED!

    Influenced genetically by his father who is also a musician, the sound of music in nature, the productions of artists like Michael Jackson, Gabby, Serenader, John King and the list goes on, …Antonio’s vision broadened and his passion took root. He continues to be impressed by the grooves of the classic soul, jazz, bebop tunes as well as hip hop music, art and culture. Antonio embraces and fuses the styles of all musical genres while creating and producing his sound.

    As a songwriter and producer he has worked with a multitude of underground artists and contributed to various mix tapes. In 2005, he produced the original version of “Waistline Licking Shots”, written and performed by Didier ‘Mr Dj’ Skeete, which was then re-produced by Deepu Panjwani of Lethal Studios and went on to win 2nd place in Road March. Antonio has his own library of instrumentals that he has been composing and compiling from the time he realized that by utilizing the “PLAY”, “PAUSE” and “RECORD” buttons on his radio, he could actually arrange music on cassette tapes. His fascination with and dedication to making music compelled him to release his debut soca single, “De Carnival (We Love It)” in May of this year.

    Playing live for various events with Wayne Onkphra Wells and his band Lion Soul, on the hotel circuit with the band Rhapzody, soca band Electrik, reggae band Zion Trybe to currently employing his skills as a keyboardist/Ableton operator for the band Krosfyah, he continues to realize and demonstrate his potential as a performer. The experience gained from playing in bands and travelling around the world is one of many blessings that keeps Antonio grounded in the music industry and for these things he remains thankful.

    Antonio’s enthusiasm for originality and inventing new licks, chops and styles gives life to his compositions. His production company, Mind Spray Labz, has a motto: “Let’s Make Music!” because that is what motivates his goals. Antonio is looking forward to empowering others through his tunes to do what they love and to share his love for music as well.

    WE APPRECIATE THE DIALOGUE surrounding the topic of a need to hear REAL MUSICIANS making REAL MUSIC for Barbados Carnival. Thank you for including Antonio’s work in such a discussion. Bless.



  16. David June 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    Definitely one of the better jams for this season.


  17. Admin June 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

    We appreciate your opinion David! I am very happy and excited for Antonio because of ALL THE HARD WORK, INGENUITY AND FOCUS he has dedicated to his love and passion: MUSIC. Thru all the hustlin & bustlin he has stayed committed to seeing his creative visions manifest, while studying his craft and putting all knowledge gained to practice.

    I’ve checked out a few “books” from his library of Instrumentals. I Am amazed at his creative spirit and uplifted by his artistic expressions every time I read (listen) to his compositions. I am inspired by the provisions of Nature throughout Antonio’s career that have helped to encourage, develop and drive the natural musician in him to value practicality while putting to use the tools he’s been blessed with.

    While continuing to tour the world as a keyboardist with an amazing soca band, he has also set his focus on leaving a mark in his country as a solo artist and producer of soca/hip hop/alternative styles of music for the world to hear.
    I WILL HIM ALL THE BES AND SUCCESS this CropOver 2013 season and beyond!

    ~Tru FireElectric (“admin”) for MindSprayLabz


  18. David June 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM #

    Is this suppose to be double entendre or plain smut?


  19. Hants June 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM #

    @David Fat,

    pork is double entendre with an edge..

    I am not sure what your boundaries are but there I t is no smutier than most of Sparrow’s best. Congo man, Benwood dick,de two ah dem,60 million french men,jean an dinah which was about exploiting hookers.

    I hope a radio edited version of Fat Pork can be recorded.


  20. David June 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM #


    Because Sparrow is revered are we to benchmark how good double is measured by his work?

    A double entendre is a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways. Typically one of the interpretations is rather obvious whereas the other is more subtle. The more subtle of the interpretations is typically sexually suggestive. It may also convey a message that would be socially awkward, or even offensive, to state directly. (The Oxford English Dictionary describes a double entendre as being used to “convey an indelicate meaning”.)

    “A double entendre may exploit puns to convey the second meaning. Double entendres generally rely on multiple meanings of words, or different interpretations of the same primary meaning. They often exploit ambiguity and may be used to introduce it deliberately in a text. Sometimes a homophone (i.e. another word with the same pronunciation) can be used as a pun as well as a “double entendre” of the subject” – Wikipedia

    What is subtle about Fatpork?


  21. Hants June 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM #

    DE CARNIVAL (WE LOVE IT) by Antonio Rudder is refreshing to listen to.
    I like the drumming.


  22. David June 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM #


    Agreed, obvious his father’s influence showing. It is one of the better productions for the season so far. It is ‘different’.


  23. David June 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

    This one for Baffy and Hants, you guys seem to be ‘bumpa’ experts.


  24. Hants June 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

    David I have lower moral standards than you and I like the song.

    As we do in North America a radio edited version can be recorded for those with higher moral standards.

    For the record I have eaten a lot of Fat pork. Even drove down St.Andrew fuh some.
    I have also eaten bacon.

    I will leave it to you to decide if I am using double entendre or stating facts.


  25. Hants June 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM #

    Peter Ram can do better than this Crankment Bumpa crap but I have to accept that a lot of Bajans like this type of soca.


  26. David June 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM #


    Bumpas and wukkin up is WE Kulture.


  27. DR. THE HONOURABLE June 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

    Is Mickard not a Police Officer ?
    I remember a name like that in the Police Calypso competition when I was overseas and after I returned to Bim.
    With so many issues around the singers should address varied issues. Whats the value of a song such as Fat -Pork.
    Mickard can find issues in his experiences in Barbados , if he is an Officer, that can be beneficial to the society


  28. David June 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    A nice grove for 2013 but where is the social commentary?


  29. David June 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

    This is Cover Drive one of our leading bands exlaing what Crop Over means to them. Interesting you think?


  30. Kiki June 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    @DofBU this page is slow to load*


  31. Hants June 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    I am pleased to see my fifth form french teacher Anthony Waldron still writing and performing with Stray Cats.

    Another intelligent educated talented Bajan.


  32. Hants June 30, 2013 at 12:58 AM #

    sharing a little sweetness although uh here we ent to be playin nuh reggae duerin cropova.


  33. David July 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM #

    Hants and Baffy

    When is the last time you ask the question?


  34. David July 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    Fans can listen to the Semi Finals @http://vob929.ocmnet.net/VOB/Home.aspx


  35. David August 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM #

    Congrats to Ian Webster, he was easily the best performer on the night. Unfortunate that Serenader forgot his lyrics, again.

    Chrystal Cummins-Beckles placed second and Blood third.


  36. JUST ASKING August 3, 2013 at 5:39 AM #

    I am glad the two Trinidadians aint win.

    I dont think that Trinis should be allowed to come to our country and sing a calypso and win nuh crown.

    Crystal and Colin the two Cs are Trinidadians from Laventille who grew up in Diego Martin, Invader get away but these two are doomed if they dont give it up–what ? –their trini accent and citizenship.
    Barbados is for Bajans at home and abroad

    Anyhow , they tief Blood–he sang real calypso—-Cant wait and Recession. Judges are jokers

    This is easily the worst Calypso Year
    to go along with the worst government
    worst Prime Minister
    worst Ministers of Government ever
    worst Governor General
    worst Commissioner of Police and the list goes on.

    There have been some real monkey monarchs in Barbados.
    The only true Monarchs are
    Gabby , Romeo . Serenader, Liar and Sir Don – the only true calypso monarchs.
    The rest Mock

    Plastic Bag – mock (9 crowns given to him)
    Kidsite -mock ( 4 crowns given to him)
    Adrian Clarke -mock
    John King and the rest- mock

    The mockest monarchs that never were -Crystal Cummins- Beckles and TC.

    I am at foreday morning having a few drinks


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  41. focusbarbados July 28, 2015 at 3:48 AM #

    “Regrettably, there are some aspects of our cultural history which have never been documented and may never be, because we are often afraid to express our views, fearing reprisal from those who may be offended by an uncomplimentary comment. The more I reflect on this journey, the more I am convinced that the ‪#‎responsibility‬ for sharing information which would allow our people to analyse, understand and contextualize events in our time, is a burden I am happy to bear.” Quote by P. Antonio “Boo” Rudder https://soundcloud.com/trufocus246/podcast-convo-2-i-need-you-to-care


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