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Crop Over kicks off

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Crop Over kicks off

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STALWARTS WERE HONOURED, Bajan culture celebrated in all its variety, and the name of the Lord praised when the Republic Bank City Fest and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes officially ushered in Crop Over 2014 today.
To the tune of ever-present African drums and dance, the event featured an hour-long parade from Cheapside to Heroes Square and ended with the Sons Of God Apostolic Soirirtual Baptists thanking God for His blessings on this nation, which is celebration 40 yesrs of Crop Over and 375 years of parliamentary governance.
Amid it all, dancers from Pinelands Creative Workshop, Danse Nationale Afrique, Dancin’ Africa and the Israel Lovell Foundation graced the City streets, with bells, cymbals, drums and the words of Aja’s Antiquity in accompaniment.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley presented awards to stalwarts Ashanti Trotman, Roseanne Lewis, Sir Don Marshall and Ronald Kennedy for the contributions to art and craft, masquerade, music and support services. (RJ)