Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Biggest Republic Bank Grand Kadooment yet

General Manager of Retail Banking at Republic Bank, Sharon Zephirin, NCF Chief Executive Officer and Republic Bank's General Manager of Corporate and Commercial, Sean Husain, with members of the Riddim Tribe dance troupe at the cheque presentation for the 2017 Republic Bank Grand Kadooment.

General Manager of Retail Banking at Republic Bank, Sharon Zephirin, NCF Chief Executive Officer and Republic Bank's General Manager of Corporate and Commercial, Sean Husain, with members of the Riddim Tribe dance troupe at the cheque presentation for the 2017 Republic Bank Grand Kadooment.

2017 may be seeing some bands dropping out the race to August 7, 2017, but according to band registration to date, this is set to be the biggest Republic Bank Grand Kadooment ever.

Thirty-three bands are registered for this year’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment according to the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).

The NCF Chief Executive Officer, Cranston Browne told the media, "In an analysis of the registrations from 2014 to 2017 however, we have seen a 37.5 percent increase in the number of bands, with a slight increase year-on-year from 24-33. This also equated to an approximate 43 percent increase in revellers over the same period moving from 9 470 to 13 545.

“Incidentally, this year’s registration is the highest recorded perhaps in the last 15 years and if you did an in-depth analysis of the history of these bands you would note that many of them are returning bands, some dating back to over 35 years, and yet we still have new ones entering the fray from year to year.”

His comments were made at the launch of the Republic Grand Kadooment at the Warrens Branch this afternoon.

The bank presented a cheque for $85 000 to Browne at the ceremony held after a mini-Kadooment of sorts with Riddim Tribe and Dancin’ Africa dancers, tumblers, green monkeys, stilt walkers and De Pomposetters tuk band.

Browne said that like Republic Bank, we as a people should see protecting this Festival as "our number one priority.”

General Manager Retail Banking, Republic Bank, Sharon Zephirin was most pleased with the milestone being reached as more and more bands register. Happily, she said, “The Republic Bank Grand Kadooment will this year become even more spectacular as it has recorded the highest number of registered bands in the last 15 years!”

Aware that Crop Over generates business in the cultural industries and contributes to the island’s economy, she explained their commitment saying, “Through our corporate social responsibility programme known as ‘The Power to make a difference’, we believe and know that it is our responsibility to not only build better societies but to preserve and enrich the cultures in our societies that we serve. Through our sponsorship of Grand Kadooment, we are therefore not only sponsoring mas, but are assisting in the development of the cultural industries as Grand Kadooment encompasses every aspect of our culture.”

And she said that another hope of the bank through their participation, is “to see a renewal of interest in costume design, the presentation of kings and queens of the bands” and more.

Producer of Grand Kadooment, Adisa ‘Aja’ Andwele said that he wants to continue seeing the evolution of the masquerade which is happening under the Republic Bank flag.