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Cave Shepherd All Stars ready to go


DAVANDRA BABB

Cave Shepherd All Stars ready to go

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The Cave Shepherd All Stars calypso tent is raring and ready to go.

With Crop Over set to officially start on Saturday, the tent will be launched Sunday at its usual location St Gabriel’s School auditorium.

Speaking Monday during a media launch at Cave Shepherd on Broad Street, The City, tent manager Eleanor Rice-Watkins said she was excited about the upcoming season.

“I think we shall win a crown this year. We have very good songs. We have the likes of De Announcer, Donella and Colin Spencer. We have a full package for our patrons this year. I just want people to come out and enjoy the festival. Everyone is saying how they feel a little lighter now, so we just want them to come out and have a good time,” Rice-Watkins said.

The cast this year also includes Charisma, Jude Clarke, Miguel, Anique and Shawnee.

Newcomers to the tent are Franswaa, former Junior Monarch finalist Raheem, Slayer and Structure, the calypso king in Canada.

Sweet-singing Marzville has also joined the cast.

Absent will be former calypso monarch Queen Aziza who has taken a break this year to concentrate on her studies.

With reference to including bashment and sweet soca singer Marzville and other younger singers this year, Rice-Watkins said she had to change with the times.

“As time goes on you have to change your brand a bit to spice up things. So we included people like Marzville. There’s a young man who would be joining us for the first time: Raheem. I believe he is one that we have to groom so that he can give himself a name and a title and some personality,” she explained.

In terms of sponsorship this year, Rice-Watkins said it was about the same as last year, but they were still trying for others. (DB)

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