The announcement on Friday, 2nd January, that Small Axe was the winner of the annual carnival Road March contest, was no real news. Fans and the public at large expected it. Their song, “Bottoms in the Road”, became an instant hit when it was released weeks before the 43rd edition of carnival.
Though considered by some conservative carnival watchers as a little too provocative there were many who disagreed and embraced the creative selection as “just another” piece where poetic license was allowed to play with words and emotions. And let us face it…as the songs says, when it comes to Carnival Day parade and J’ouvert, what do the ladies display…isn’t it “Bottoms in the Road?”
For their effort, Small Axe has been awarded EC$10,000 as their cash prize for a well- deserved victory. The band’s string of Road March success began in 1988 with the song “Big League”. They have continued throughout the last three decades pleasing their fans with a unique brand of music.
This is now the second time they have done the magical three-peat, which no other band has accomplished-not even the great Ellie Matt & the GI’s Brass.
The previous three time victory came in 1988, 1989 and 1990. They deserve to be band of the year. Theirs was a song this year, strangely loved by both males and females and with much concern, also celebrated by the younger mas makers of school age.
Small Axe scored some 577 points, ahead of Grand Masters who gained 570 points with their hit tune “Yes”, though the judges told them “no” …you were not good enough to defeat the Axe.
In third place was Nu Vybes, trailing by 381 points and only able to amass on 196 points for their selection Follow Me.
This must be another disappointment for the Sugar Band which has failed to win the Road March title since the group imploded and destroyed its own success in 2007, when they split into two separate bands.
It has been almost a decade (since 2005), that the band has won Road March. Not even the revised criteria for the judging of the contest have helped them. Nor has the addition of points for crowd support been a savior for a group that has not really found its way back to the glorious days of the 1990s and the era before the split.
The results of the street activities were released by the carnival Committee on Friday. Below is the full list of winners.
BEST TROUPE FOR JOUVERT – Xtreme J’ouvert (151 points) $15,000
1st runner up – Small Axe & Shiggidy Shak (105 points) $11, 000
2nd runner up – GM Addix (104 points) $8,000
BEST INDIVIDUAL FOR JOUVERT
Shefton Blake $1500
WINNING TROUPE – SWEET SIZZLING SUMMER by Banker Mas Camp (601 points) $25,000
1st runner up (tied) – DEEP BLUE SEA by Solid SKB & BIRDS OF a FEATHER by Fhunn Vybz (498 points) $18,000
2nd runner up – OCCASIONS by Saturday Morning Blast (459 points) $15,000
3rd runner up – THE SKY IS THE LIMIT by DFX & Real Right Entertainment (447 points) $11,000
King Of The Bands – CPL from Sweet Sizzling Summer (Banker Mas Camp) 473 points $5,000
2nd – King of the Masquerade by Occasions (Saturday Morning Blast)
Queen Of The Bands – St. Kitts & Nevis, My Home Land by Sweet Sizzling Summer (Banker Mas Camp) 472 points $5,000
2nd place – Fireworks by Occasions (Saturday Morning Blast)
Most Colourful – Sweet Sizzling Summer by Banker Mas Camp (89 points) $2500
2nd Solid (80 points)
Most Creative – Sweet Sizzling Summer by Banker Mas Camp (119 points) $2500
2nd – Birds of a Feather by Fhunn Vybz
Largest Troupe – BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Fhunn Vybz $2,500
BOTTOMS IN DE ROAD by Small Axe Band (577 points) $10,000
2nd – YES by Grand Masters (570 points) $7,000
3rd – FOLLOW ME by Nu Vybz (196 points)