Cohobblopot is Barbadian slang that refers to a mix of things; it is the final and one of the most popular events of the season featuring all-star entertainers from Barbados and the region. The event is being billed as the Ultimate Summer Show!
Machel’s image and band name, “Machel Montano & The HD Family” has been heavily used to promote the event. However, the other Bajan artists performing are receiving little to no mention. Some Bajans find this more than offensive!
Notably, on Thursday, local entertainer and promoter Alan Sheppard, the former lead singer of “Spice And Company,” said it was insulting and disrespectful for the NCF and the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) to have Machel’s image on posters to “promote Barbados’ premier cultural festival Crop Over.”
Apparently all the “drama” was very vexing to Machel. During a media conference with the National Cultural Foundation yesterday Machel declared, “Unity Over Separation Everytime!” What a way to create said unity when Machel plainly dissed Bajan Alan on twitter to his 20k+ followers. A little humility would help, especially if it’s not your country. He further tweeted:
Do you believe Bajan artist should be showcased more during Crop Over?