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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Crop Over for everyone

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Crop Over for everyone

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Thus says the Lord: In a time of favour, I have answered you, I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages. (Isaiah 49:8).


WELL IT CAME TO PASS for Classic early last Sunday morning. After 32 years, he walked away from Kensington Oval as the MQI Pic-O-Crop Monarch.

It shows that perseverance seldom fails; he was knocking at the door of victory for a very long time and it came at last for him.

Last Friday, I said that this year both he and Colin Spencer will do well. And both have done just that. We are told in the scriptures that only one can win the prize. Therefore congratulations are in order for Classic, Donella and Colin Spencer who placed in the first three.

Thanks for a job which was well done. I would like the public – Christians and non-Christians – to get hold of the lyrics of Colin Spencer’s song The Oceans Are Rebelling. It is a relevant and thought-provoking message to all of us (the lyrics were published in last Friday’s WEEKEND NATION).

Yes, I was at Kadooment once again, along Bank Hall Main Road, and it did not show up anything new for me. As usual, the female revellers have left much to be desired. It seemed to me that the males wore more clothes than the females. What a pity.

At the end of it all, the Crop-Over season is for everyone. It comes but once a year and it seems that every man must have his share. Before I left for Bank Hall, I saw people at the Stadium who were in wheelchairs and I was very pleased to see them taking part in the bands.

It was a joy to see Rihanna on one of the trucks. It shows that Barbados is still a place where people can move around freely regardless of their status. The West Indies spinner, Sulieman Benn, was also seen jumping in a band. It was also nice to see an elderly woman doing her thing.

It is our festival and we must enjoy it to the fullest. I really enjoyed myself at Pic-O-De-Crop and Kadooment at which I carried my Christian principles with me at all times and that is just what I did.

Once again, congratulations to all those who made Crop Over successful, especially the National Cultural Foundation.