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Celebrating Crop Over

Yvette Best

Celebrating Crop Over

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CROP OVER is time to celebrate culture and there was much of that at the Crop Over 2011 Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church Parish Church yesterday.
Calypso Monarch Gabby paid tribute to calypsonian Tassa, who passed away in February and there were also presentations from Dancin’ Africa, Terry Mexican Arthur and Sing Out Barbados.
There was also a musical interlude from the Royal Barbados Police Force Band before the service, and they also provided backing for some of the songs.
Sing Out Barbados had the church rocking, with people dancing and swaying to the enticing rhythms in songs Kumbaya and a medley of popular Negro spirituals.
Among those enjoying the African rhythms were Acting Minister of Culture Ronald Jones and chairman of the board of the National Cultural Foundation, Monique Taitt.
During his address Jones reminded the congregation that Crop Over was not only a period of enjoyment, but it was also to celebrate the importance of the sugar crop to the livelihood of many.
Jones praised the contributions of those who participated in the festival, including the brilliant and those not so brilliant.