All set for Brandons Bash
Lights – checked. Sound – crystal clear. Portable toilets – on site.
All should be in place at the Brandons Beach site for today’s Big Beach Bash.
Cranston Browne, producer and coordinator, said it was part of the community outreach programme put on by the charity, The St Michael North West Development Foundation, and Digicel was eager to be on board as a sponsor.
“All the artistes are confirmed and Luciano should be at Grantley Adams International Airport as we speak,” said Browne around 4 p.m. yesterday.
However entertainer Daddy Plume, the self-proclaimed “girls’ perfume”, is seething because Jamaican singer Luciano is headlining a free concert in Barbados today to commemorate Errol Barrow Day.
“They [Government] are saying one thing and not doing anything to help the local artistes. These things are not right. Yet they are saying you must play more local music on the radio stations. They still have the artistes throw oneside,” he charged.
The show at Brandons Beach, billed as the Big Beach Bash, also features Barbadian acts krosfyah, Fully Loaded, Grynner, Kid Site, RPB and Mr Dale, with guest appearances by Levi, Amber, Fari and Crimeson and deejays.
Despite this, Daddy Plume is insisting that bringing in a Jamaica artiste showed that there was no confidence that an all-Bajan cast could draw a crowd.
“Let them look out for the local artistes. It don’t make no sense giving [a foreign artiste] US$15 000 or US$20 000 when you can bring more local artistes on the show.”
Browne, however, said that “this show is really to give more exposure to the young artistes in the line-up.” He promised that the show would not go beyond the finish time of 10 p.m. (JS/NSH)