10 things Bajans say early in de Crop Over season
They may make you do this face.
When it comes to Crop Over, every year, some Bajans love tuh criticise, complain and yap, yap, yap, but trust and believe they eat their words on the first Monday in August or before.
On Grand Kadooment Day, you hear about how pretty the costumes look, how de girls enjoying themselves and de fellas’ abs on point. But if you cast your minds back to June, you’d cackle at how negative some people talk about the culture, music, and everything Crop Over at the start of season.
1. Event cutbacks
You nuses to hear, “I attending this, this, this, this, this and that and that, and maybe that next nedda ting, but I aint sure ‘bout that one.” Now it’s “I pre-register for that, that, and that" and most aint going to two things either way.
2. Music bashing
You hear, “I don’t like de music. Dis aint as good as Trinidad music. Dis music cant leff de island,” and since last year you now also hear, “All yuh hearing is bashment soca!”
3. Band fete costs
The band fetes gone from free for band members or a lil $5 to $25, $30 and even more. So forget hearing, "Too many band fetes on one night. I ain’t know which to go to? If one or two!” All yuh hear now is, “Band fete launch parties so expensive this year…I ain’t know if I gine one furthermore two!”
4. Empty-pocket syndrome and Savings-lickup disease
Persons suffering with these illnesses will be heard saying: “I already brek” and “I ain’t got nuh money”. Be careful, penny pinchers will say it to along with persons who believe that post-Budget they are not spending.
5. Crop-Over Judges (they don’t judge events though, just people)
They say things like: “Ting where de France people finding money?” and “I hope she could buy school clothes and books come Septembuh!”
6. Closet worries
“I gotta buy something tuh wear” is what people used to say. This year you’re hearing a lot of “I gotta dig up in my wardrobe and mix n match something. Even Rihanna rewears outfits hear, and she got money”. However, fellas seem to be ready to head to the tailors and seamstresses still for new romphims.
7. Gym and diet life
Some are still trying as they complain, “I gotta work pun getting down my belly, hit de gym and start dis diet” while others have thrown in the towel and grabbed the bucket of chicken as their ‘Inner self’ whispers, “I feel we can do without crop tops hear.”
8. Costume prices
In certain circles you still hearing, “Costumes real expensive and de section I want nearly sell out!” and “Wuh costumes more expensive than last year and dese people ain’t leffing nuttin fuh me”.
9. Jamming still loans
Remember when people asked, “Who needs a Crop Over loan? Stupse”
Now it’s - Karen calls Keisha: Muh girl wuh’s dah place advertising de loans?
Keisha: You mean how many places offering Crop Over loans? I get mine from so and so. $4000, ‘cause I need costume, boots, outfits, light bill and water.
Karen: Ohhhh…wuh I ain’t study dat. I better do dat and use my lil cheque fuh de school tings.
10. Stuck-in-de-past reminiscers
They sound like they live in past.
Marie: You remember when fetes were not all-inclusive and Cohobolopot was the best event ever.
Sylvia: Uh huh, and 10 to 10 was the beat. Oh and I miss de King and Queen of the Bands.
What else do you hear people saying early, before they are peeping back to the same ‘hated’ tunes?