Having not visited Barbados for 10 years,12 years to be precise, I set out to get a real feel of what Crop Over in Barbados is really like these days. With the Crop Over experience starting in the first few weeks of July and lasting for a duration of approximately 2 months, there were a number of events taking place in both the nights and days leading upto the long awaited Kadooment Day. Up until Kadooment Day,it really is like a non-stop party!
We begun our Kadooment Day at Eagle Hall where we stood for a while to admire the outfits and the tremendous amount of effort which people had put into their outfits.Not to mention the dancing or shall I say wukking up. In case you weren't aware of what wukking up is I'll provide you with a definition...
Wukking up : Movement of the pelvic area when dancing
So now you've understood what wukking up is we can go back to all the action. With it being Hurricane Season out in Barbados,it was going through a period of time where it rained almost every day whether it be night or day. So with the possibility of rain being quite high you may have thought that there wouldn't have been such a good turnout on Kadooment day.However I can assure you that the rain wasn't stopping the Bajan's enjoying their yearly Kadooment day which only lasts for one day.If you didn't want to solely take my word for it and you needed further evidence,I shall let the Music do a bit of the talking...
The line that I wanted to catch your attention was the following...'Ohhhh we having a ball,the Sun could shine,the rain could fall,but that don't stop the way we just drop it drop it...' Enough said.
Like at any other Carnival, the attire was kept to a minimum and there was certainly no shortage of colours nor beads. The vibrant colours which everyone wore glistened in the beautiful hot Sun and when accompanied by the sweet sounding Soca Music, the atmosphere was one of enjoyment and celebration. There were performances from Alison Hinds and other major Soca artists on the day, there were countless food and drink stalls where one could acquire some Jerk Chicken or Rum, and most importantly there were streets full of people who came out to simply have a good time and embrace the Bajan culture.
I'd prefer to let the Music do the majority of the talking because without the music,there is no Kadooment Day. Moreover Music is the basis of the entire celebration. With that being said, I had an amazing experience at Barbados Crop Over 2010 and I hope to return for 2011's installment.