Cockspur Red Hot Cohobblopot
Chairman of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Ken Knight, made that promise at the Press launch
of Cohobblopot at Savannah Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church, yesterday.
Trini spice Machel Montano will headline the August 3 show at Kensington Oval. Patrice Roberts and David Rudder will be among some of the acts appearing with him.
Red Plastic Bag, Gabby, Kid Site, John King and the Merrymen have already been confirmed, and negotiations with others are expected to be concluded at monthend.
Montano flew in especially for the Cohobblopot launch. It is the first time that the Trinidad big ticket will be performing at what is being billed as the premier event of Crop-Over.
The 26-year veteran, whose band is now 40 per cent Barbadian with the inclusion of Indra Rudder, Darian Bailey and Dwayne Antrobus, said he was skipping Caribana in Canada for the first time in about 15 years to perform at Cohobblopot and observe Crop-Over.
“I am very honoured, this year, for the first time ever to be featured as a performer at Cohobblopot . . . . We have been missing out and we decided this year that we are going to try and stay closer to home, not only to strengthen the brand of Caribbean unity, but also to increase our knowledge of our neighbours.
“We have limited access to the meaning of Crop-Over and we look forward to this year diving in and starting to learn what it is really about,” Montano explained.
The group arrives on July 26, a week ahead of the Cohobblopot spectacle. They will be conducting workshops for young artistes, which will be held in association with the University of the West Indies.
Calypso Monarch Red Plastic Bag welcomed Montano’s inclusion in the Cohobblopot cast.
Crop-Over had the potential to become a world-class event and it was “great” to have someone like Montano a part of it, he said.
Tickets for will start at $50, which is a $5 increase on the base price for last year. Knight said the NCF was cognisant of rising costs and tried to keep prices affordable.