"What is the music of Barbados like?"
You will hear various types of Barbados
music while you are on the island.
Music video: Barbados Reggae
Artist David Kirton performing "Green Camouflage"
of Barbados is strongly influenced by the musical forms brought to the
island by enslaved Africans in the 17th and 18th centuries.
This music is known as Afro Caribbean
you wish to get a taste of the flavours of music in Barbados, the best
time to visit the island is during The Crop Over season.
This season runs from July to early
this time there are numerous music festivals and the season is topped
off with the infamous street carnival, Grand Kadooment.
Barbados Calypso Music
The most common type of music you will
hear is calypso music.
This form of Caribbean music
originated in Trinidad and was used by slaves as a way to communicate
to each other.
Soca music, or soul
calypso, is a form of calypso music that is also popular in Barbados.
is a more up-tempo dance form of calypso music that is very prevalent
amongst the younger Bajan community and a huge part of Kadooment.
Barbados Reggae Music
You will definitely hear reggae
music as well in Barbados.
As most of you know reggae music is a
huge part of Caribbean culture.
However you won’t hear Bob Marley all
day and all night.
There are various types of reggae
played ranging from relaxing, spiritual roots reggae to high paced
Barbados Steelpan Music
A steelpan is a form of steel
drums are made from pounding the bottom of a 55-gallon oil drum into a
concave bowl shape and notes grooved into this bowl.
Barbados steelpan bands are usually
made up of up to 10 members and can be seen during the “Pan In
De City” Cropover event in mid-July.
This music event is usually held at
Heroes Square in the capital city, Bridgetown.
Gospel Music in Barbados
is a very religious country, with Christianity being the most
predominant religion. If you pass one of the many churches on the
island you will most likely hear the church choirs singing their hearts
Barbados is also the proud host of the
Caribbean’s premier gospel festival, Gospelfest,
held in mid-May.
More Related Barbados Music
Barbados Music Festivals –
Some music festivals held in Barbados that are popular among tourists
include Gospelfest and The Barbados Jazz Festival.
The Barbados Music Awards
- Barbados holds its annual music awards at the Sir Garfield Sobers
Gymnasium. Rihanna swept the competition this year taking best Song of
the Year and Album of the Year to name a few.
Barbados Music Artists
- Barbadian musicians have become a rising force in the world of
Caribbean music especially with the recent rise of pop musician Rihanna
and new and upcoming hopeful Livvi Ranc. Other popular Barbadian music
artists include Rupee, David Kirton, Shakey Ranks and Allison Hinds
Barbados Music Videos - Want
to see some Caribbean music videos from some of our top musicians?
Barbados Music Stores – The
largest and most popular music store in Barbados is A&B Music
Quick Facts About The Music of
• Most popular artist:
• Most popular genres:
Calypso and Reggae Music
• Most popular festivals:
Kadooment, Gospelfest, Barbados Jazz Festival