Well, folks, it's a hot, long, festive weekend ahead as we move into the final phase of Crop Over.
A few minutes ago, soca star Ruper "Rupee" Clarke was crowned The People's Monarch for 2011, netting BDS$25, 000 for his song I Am A Bajan. Congrats, Rupee!
Tonight, nine contenders will attempt to unseat last year's Calypso Monarch The Mighty Gabby and grab prize money and a Kia Sportage in the Pic-o-de-Crop Finals at Kensington Oval.
They are: AC (Cave Shepherd All Stars); Chrystal Cummins-Beckles (Cave Shepherd All Stars); De Announcer (Cave Shepherd All Stars); Adonijah (De ADC Building Digicel Big Show); TC (De ADC Building Digicel Big Show); Kid Site (Bacchanal Time); Khiomal (Celebration Time); Blood (Headliners); Popsicle (House of Soca) After the Finals and in the early hous of Saturday, thousands will parade in the streets at the Fore-day Morning Jam until the sun rises. Later that day, Spring Garden Highway will come alive with local food, arts and craft at Bridgetown Market.
On Sunday, Kensington Oval will be the place to be for Cohoblopot and Monday is the big jum-up day, Kadooment (barring the impending storm washing the day out.)
Word on the street is that local superstar Rihanna will be in for the festivities, ahead of her big LOUD show at the Oval on August 5. I'll be out with my camera in case Ms. Fenty decides to 'work' it on the road.
Speaking of Ms. Ri-ri, her show is sold out. Every ticket is gone, even some $1000 one I heard were floating around.
I'll keep you posted on some of the happenings this weekend. Have a safe one, peoples!!!