Friday 21 September, 2018

Erup raises the bar for Crop Over 2017

Kadooment Day costumes for Erup The Band.

Kadooment Day costumes for Erup The Band.

By Rosemary Forde

One of Barbados' newest premium bands launched a collection of eye-catching costumes at The Barbados Museum on Saturday night 

Under the theme Beyond Borders, the band showcased six sections in backline, frontline, midline, individual, and male options each representing various countries from across the world: Dashain(Nepal); Lemanja (Brazil); La Marsa, owned by Stronjeh Creations (Tunisia); Pongal (Singapore); Hieros Gamos (Greece) and Gnaoua (Morocco).

Although the theme fits in with many Crop Over bands which have been taking revellers across the world this year, their eye-catching designs and vibrant colors were enough compensation. Patrons seemed to be fascinated with each section, as Erup brought a different colour scheme and design each time, accompanied by many beads and feathers.

The launch also included dancers with exciting routines choreographed by Justin Poleon and Shari Pollard. The dancers who introduced each section to round it off as one of the most enjoyable band launches of the season.

Erup Crop Over 2017

A patron who also attended the band launch last year told Loop:

"Erup raised the bar this year for sure! I remember them having a lot of problems at their launch last year and I didn't want to come out and waste my time again, but as I said they raised the bar this year. They improved - the costumes were on point, the models were on point, dancers were on point and everything ran smoothly."

Board Member Kevin Webster who was pleased with the entire outcome of the launch pointed to its success as an expansion on what they did last year.

"We really tried to just expand the brand beyond what it was last year. Last year we had a great start! People loved the costumes, they loved the vibes on the road, so we really thought we had to kind of outdo what we did last year. I think tonight's presentations were fantastic!"

For anyone thinking about starting their own band, he encouraged them to "gather a strong team" and "anything would be possible".

Jake and Superstirlz, Blank, Reco Chase and Andwele, Mali Fresh and Scott Le Roc, and Ras and Chasey were the DJS for the night.

Patrons were also treated to a surprise performance by Bashment King Stiffy, who brought the launch to a great end.