Barbados has produced several great cricketers, including Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell.
The citizens are officially called Barbadians. The term “Bajan” (pronounced BAY-jun) may be derived from a local pronunciation of the word “Barbadian”, which sometimes sounds like “Bar-bajan”.
The biggest carnival cultural event on the island is the Crop Over Festival. As in many other Caribbean and Latin American countries, the Crop Over is an important event for many islanders as well as the thousands of tourists who flock to the island to participate in the annual events. The festival includes musical competitions and other traditional activities and showcases most of the calypso and soca music produced on the island throughout the year. The Barbadian men and women who have harvested the most sugar cane are crowned King and Queen of the Crop. The Crop Over begins in early July and culminates in the Kadooment Day costume parade, which takes place on the first Monday in August.
Music in Barbados
In music, eight-time Grammy Award winner Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born in Saint Michael) is one of Barbados’ best-known artists and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 200 million records sold worldwide. In 2009, she was appointed Honorary Ambassador for Youth and Culture of Barbados by the late Prime Minister David Thompson.
Also from Barbados are singer-songwriter Shontelle, the band Cover Drive, musician Rupee and Mark Morrison, lead singer of the Top 10 hit “Return of the Mack”. Grandmaster Flash (born Joseph Saddler in Bridgetown in 1958) is a highly influential musician of Barbadian descent who pioneered the djing, cutting and mixing of hip-hop in New York in the 1970s. The Merrymen is a well-known calypso band from Barbados that performed from the 1960s to the 2010s.