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The Harris Files:  by David Harris 

July  02 2019

Fitting tribute to 'The Mighty Grynner' - MacDonald Blenman


The renaming of the Spring Garden Highway after the Mighty Grynner is a fitting tribute to a true son of Barbados' soil. MacDonald Blenman who is better know by the sobriquet the Mighty Grynner played a key role in revival of calypso on the island in the early 1980s.

In 1979 the revised Crop Over Festival was five years old when the organizers decided to add costume bands and a street parade called "Kadooment" to the festival. The parade began at the National Stadium and ended at the Garrison. "Burn Mr Harding" by the Mighty Gabby' was most popular song played by the bands on their trek from the Stadium to the Garrison which make it the first calypso to win the Road March in Barbados.

Four years later Grynner began his remarkable reign as the king of the road, by then route for bands had changed, it still began at the Stadium but ended on Spring Garden Highway. Even though Grynner started singing calypso in 1968 and won a Crop Over competition in 1976, it was not until he capture his first Tune Of De Crop (Road March) title in 1983 with "Mr T" that he became a major force in the calypso arena .

Grynner dominated the Tune Of De Crop competition in the 1980s, after his success with "Mr T" in 1983", "Stinging Bee", earned him his second crown in 1984, the following year he competed the hattrick with " More Grynner".

His stranglehold on the road was broken by Ras Iley and Red Plastic Bag in1986 and 1987, but Grynner bounced back and reclaimed the road with a second hattrick. It began with "Wait For Me", in 1988, "Leggo I Hand" the following year 1989 and Get Out De Way in 1990.

Grynner won his seventh Tune Of De Crop in 1998 with" Grind Them". There can be no doubt in anyone mind that Grynner is the king of the road in Barbados. Hundred of thousands of revelers have danced to the sound of his music from the Stadium to Spring Garden on Kadooment Day. Beginning this year the revelers will be moving their waist from the Stadium to the Mighty Grynner Highway.

At the age of 70 Grynner is still a dynamic performer on the stage and has lost none of his popularity. The veteran entertainer is still popular with audiences wherever he performs whether it is in New York, London or Toronto.

The acknowledgment of Grynner's success by the Government of Barbados is fitting honor to one of the most humble and friendly persons calypsonians in Barbados. It is achievement that every Barbadian supports(DR)

David Harris, Freelance writer/Journalist - Barbados


Shadowless Biz:  by Michael AW Callender

July 02, 2019

THE CARIBBEAN CRUISE INDUSTRY

The Cruise Industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travelers, with an increase by 6% from 28.2 million in 2018. In the coming year 18 new ships are on order from 'Caribbean Lines International Association' CLIA Cruise lines. A total of 272 CLIA-member Cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019.

In addition, the industry is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market. The industry has experienced an average annual passenger growth rate of approximately 7% per annum, beginning In 1980. As for cruising, an increase of 62% was achieved between 2005 and 2015. Is the Caribbean benefiting?

In recent months, many Tourism Ministers and representatives of the Caribbean Islands are monitoring this market very closely, with some overlooking it in detail, through indept discussion, data and analyst . Many I suppose is wondering why, but as for me, I am fully aware of the

reason. It is because the benefits to cruise Tourism lies in the pockets of the Industry owners and operators and not the Governments or business Entrepreneurs at the destinations.

One might wonder how is the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association/FCCA really representing the various Governments, knowing of the one sided Industry.

When would this be fully reconized by Government Officials. 

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Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc

Crop Over 2019 Festival /July-Aug

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Vision 2020 in Barbados- 'We Gatherin'

The year for Barbadians and those who love the country to visit, and reconnect with family and friends - Government Celebration

(MAWC)

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Michael A W Callender is the Marketing & Media Consultant /Tourism & Culture - SMAC Productions, NY USA

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