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Crop Over bands kick off tonight

Marlon Madden

Crop Over bands kick off tonight

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At least three band leaders are expected to launch their Grand Kadooment bands tonight and they are all anticipating a great turnout and huge participation come Grand Kadooment day.
The bands, Fantasy Barbados, Power X Four and Betty West Band are expected to launch tonight. The theme this year for Fantasy Barbados is Animal Fantasy while Power X Four will be using the theme Bajan Reef part 2.
Leaders of the two bands Amanda Reifer and Chetwyn Stewart said it was the usual time of year for them to launch and despite the persisting recession they were looking for “a good turnout”.
“We receive over 300 women revellers already when we did a sneak preview. Every year we have over 400 hundred revellers and we are expecting the same this year,” said Stewart, noting that he will be launching six sections.
Reifer said Fantasy Barbados will be showcasing three of the six sections tonight.
“We are expecting a very good turnout because the product is very good …  I have been getting good response,” she said.
Meanwhile, newcomer Mass Mania Productions launched its band last night under the theme Weh Dem Gone? with five sections.
Band leader Barry Sealy said: “We have over 100 people signed up already. We are catering for 250, so I am close”.