Your ticket’s booked, your bags are packed, and all that’s left to do is make it to Barbados. But what’s the plan for the flight there? You could sleep. You could read your favourite book for the 10th time. And/or you could also take a listen to some music straight from Barbados to really get you in the mood for the vacation you deserve. So, to get your playlist going, here are 5 songs to get you ready for your Barbados holiday.
“Beautiful Barbados” – The Merrymen
The Merrymen began producing music in the 1960s and quickly became icons in the calypso and folk music scene in Barbados and around the world. Their catchy sound and infectious covers have become staples not only across the region, but in many European countries. Their song “Beautiful Barbados”, which celebrates our island as the “gem of the Caribbean Sea”, is now an country favourite that is sung by everyone from school children to parents and great grandparents too!
“All Is Rum” – Lil’ Rick
Rum’s origins date back to hundreds of years ago in Barbados and to this day, it still plays a significant part in the island’s culture. To feel its impact, look no further than “All Is Rum” by local soca juggernaut Lil’ Rick, in collaboration with hitmaker King Bubba FM. This fast-paced jam encourages days and nights of rum-bunctious fun – though we’d always encourage you to drink responsibly.
“Roll It Gal” – Alison Hinds
If Beyoncé is the Queen of R&B, then Alison Hinds is the Queen of Soca. Her discography spans multiple decades and includes her contributions to noted calypso band Square One (see “Ragga Muffin”, “Turn It Around”). A later career hit, “Roll It Gal”, was released in 2005 and quickly became a huge empowerment anthem for women in the region and across the world.
“Music of the Sun” – Rihanna
Today, Rihanna may be more known for her billion-dollar business empire, but the most famous Bajan in the world had her start in Caribbean-influenced pop music. Her debut album and the title track “Music of the Sun” combine R&B, dancehall, and reggae stylings to make infectious melodies that feel like you’re taking a walk on Crane Beach, Barbados.
“Home Sweet Home” – Edwin Yearwood
Bajan Calypso is an important element of the Crop Over festival in Barbados. One of the most well-known calypso artistes is Edwin Yearwood of the popular band Krosfyah. Home Sweet Home is a love letter to all that Barbados offers during Crop Over season. You can't help but shake a leg when listening to this melodic song.
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Looking for more songs to get you pumped for your Barbados trip? Here are ten more songs, each equally worthy of your attention:
- Hit It – Gabby (Apple Music | Spotify)
- Ducking – Fadda Fox (Apple Music | Spotify)
- Need Ah Riddim – Biggie Irie (Apple Music | Spotify)
- I Am A Bajan – Rupee (Apple Music | Spotify)
- Sak Pasé – Krosfyah (Apple Music | Spotify)
- We Want More Grynner – Grynner (YouTube)
- Congaline – Spice & Co. (Apple Music | Spotify)
- Faluma – Alison Hinds (Apple Music | Spotify)
- Hold You In A Song – Alison Hinds & John King (YouTube)
- Inez – Ras Riley (Apple Music | Spotify)