Friday, April 12, 2024

Kiddies sweet on Condense


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THEY ARE OUT of the People’s Monarch but they were definitely the kiddies’ choice yesterday at the National Stadium.
Porgie and Murda were not there but their song Condense sweetened the atmosphere for over 2 500 young revellers in 18 bands who played mas’ in the 2013 Crop Over Junior Kadooment in association with Cave Shepherd, Samaroos and Bands of Barbados.
The catchy lyrics and infectious sound of the popular 2013 song along with Biggie Irie’s Need Ah Riddim and Mikey and Blood’s Roll It tune, in addition to popular artists from previous years, were among those being played as the bands paraded before the judges and along the clockwise route which included Stadium Road, Codrington Road, Bush Hall and back at the Stadium.
From tiny tots to teens, the revellers depicted various themes in the intricately made costumes from a wide variety of attention-grabbing materials which transformed the Stadium into a rainbow of colour and splendour.There was a dragon, humming birds, hippies, grasshoppers, ladybugs, fairies, clowns, candies, even popular smart phones and social networking sites, and well-known characters as the masqueraders told their fantasies, fairy tales and true stories to the judges and crowd in the stands.
Some, especially the younger ones, had to be guided and encouraged to move across the stage and show off their costumes. When they felt the groove and excitement from the attention, some did not want to leave the stage. But most had a ball strutting their stuff.
A group of sailors thrilled the crowd and judges as with great enthusiasm they did the dance to Condense which saw them moving their waists and adding a few jucks.
Though the morning began with high winds and slightly overcast skies, only a few raindrops emerged.
Allana Skeete, whose two children were revelling for the first time with the Young Spirits Community Group, said it was a relatively good jump and all the costumes were perfect.
“The band leader Trevor is my good friend and I helped make the costumes, so I decided to let the kids try it out. We did the finishing touches on the costumes by five this morning, and got about an hour’s sleep before we had to be up and going again.”
Police said the event was “relatively quiet”, with no reports of disturbances of lawless behaviour.
Simone Codrington, National Cultural Foundation corporate communications specialist, said they were really pleased with the crowd turnout.
“From initial reports we saw an increase of 33 per cent in gate receipts for paid tickets over the previous year,” she added.

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