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Barbados’ legendary KROSFYAH “plays speedy, exhilarating soca, calypso’s uptempo party-music descendant,” (NY Times) with irresistible energy. Originally formed in 1989 by founding members Michael Agard, Tony Bailey, Felix Forde and the dynamic frontman Edwin Yearwood, the band started out playing the Caribbean hotel circuit but quickly outgrew that milieu. Krosfyah’s breakout hit came in 1995 with their appropriately named sophomore record Ultimate Party – Pump Me Up, and they have never looked back.
Their arrival at the Bandshell gets an extra punch from countrymen LEAD PIPE & SADDIS, whose smash hit “Ah Feeling” brought them to the finals of the International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad this year. The duo, also known as Porgie and Murda, cleaned up at the Barbados Music Awards as well, taking home Band/Group/Duo Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, Song Of The Year (“Ah Feeling”),Soca/Calypso Artist Of The Year, and the coveted Making It Against All Odds Award.
The dynamic Brooklyn-based dance and music troupe SOMETHING POSITIVE, “known for its high-octane and synergetic performances,” (Caribbean Life) starts things off with a sunburst of sound and color. Founded by Cheryl Byron, this ensemble of dancers, singers, and musicians dedicated to the art and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences has been performing for over three decades.