About Krosfyah



Twenty years is significant in any lifetime. In the lifetime of a band, it’s phenomenal!

So is soca band krosfyah, which when it began 20 years ago, it’s four founding members - Michael Agard, Tony Bailey, Felix Forde and Edwin Yearwood - had the vision for its lifetime. Felix can be credited with the band’s name, which signifies integrated music influenced by Caribbean artistes (kros), and ‘fyah’ because they planned to do it hot!!

Like many bands of its day krosfyah had its genesis on the hotel circuit, but it quickly eclipsed that forum to become Barbados’ leading band of the 90s. The evolution of krosfyah from playing covers for tourists on Barbados hotel circuit to touring the world and performing their original music for dignitaries like Louis Farrakhan occurred in a never-imagined short space of time.

Never before had soca sounded so cool! Lead vocalist Edwin, twinned with musical maestro Nicholas Brancker and Tony "Rebel" Bailey’s added signature sound from the electric guitar, created an unmistakably identifiable sound – the krosfyah sound. Groovy tunes, coupled with sexy, haunting and racing lyrics put and kept the band at the top of their soca game. From the debut album "Ultimate Party" in 1994 to the last, "Kings of the Groove", in 2009, and scores of awards and accolades in between…The band’s sophomore album "Ultimate Party - Pump Me Up" (1995) remains their biggest selling album and the title track won them a Gold award in Canada for high grossing sales.

1995 was a signature year for the band, and for soca music. Edwin’s calypso three-peat – he was the first and only artiste to capture three calypso crowns in Barbados’ competition in one year - catapulted them and their music to yet another level. They made soca music popular amongst the young people who had previously identified with the dancehall culture, but now had another sound with which they could identify and their very own band to champion the sound.

For the past two decades, krosfyah has been touring the world non-stop, inducing fans across three continents into a soca frenzy, flying high the Barbados flag and whether entertaining 20 or 20,000, krosfyah still always delivers an energized performance!

 

The team players of Krosfyah are as follows:

Edwin Yearwood Lead Vocalist/Songwriter
Anthony Bailey Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter
Khiomal Nurse Vocalist/Songwriter
Mario Burnett Bassist
Neil Burnett Drummer
Antonio Rudder Keyboardist
Corey Jordan Keyboardist
Ronald Taylor Sound Engineer
Aynsley Greaves Monitor Engineer
Carlton Yearwood Monitor Engineer
Terry Birch Engineer
Paul Reynolds Tour Sales Executive
Andrew Weekes Barbados Sales Executive
Michael Agard Managing Director
Felix Forde Tour and Support Services Manager
Ingrid Holder P.R. Manager/Corporate Secretary

 

Krosfyah Achievements and Awards

1993 The Nation Entertainment Awards Most Improved Act
1994 The Nation Entertainment Awards Band of The Year
1994 Arts Support Alliance Band of the Year 1994
1995 The Nation Entertainment Awards Band of The Year
1995 Barbados Road March Third Place “Crank It”
1995 National Cultural Foundation Best Community Band 1995
1996 Caribbean Music Awards Album Of the Year ’95 – “Pump Me Up”
1996 Boston Caribbean Music Awards Best International Group Award/People’s Choice Award (Edging out Shaggy, Buju Banton and SuperBlue)
1996 Edwin received the keys to the City of Boston from the Mayor’s Office
1996 Barbados Malibu Congaline Festival Road March “Yardie”
1996 Barbados Crop Over Festival Band of the Year
1996 K103 Radio, Montreal, Canada Champion “Battle of the Bands”
1996 "Street Sounds” R&B program (Pump Me Up, the first Soca song to have ever entered the competition, beating Prince’s new new release 30-4.)
1996 Reggae Soca Awards - Miami Best Soca Group 1996
1997 The Ultimate Party CD turns GOLD. (January)
1997 Music Manufacturing Services Certified Gold Record - Canada
1997 Trinidad Music Awards Best Song ”All Aboard” written by Edwin Yearwood for the band Atlantik
1997 Boston Caribbean Music Awards Best International Group 1997
1997 Caribbean Music Awards Best Group 1997/Best recording of the year “Ultimate Party - Pump Me Up”
1997 Sunshine Music Awards - N.Y. Best Recording By a Group
1999 World Beat Music Awards For Krosfyah's Contribution to Soca Music
2001 Barbados Crop Over Festival Road March “Sak Pasé”
2002 Barbados Crop Over Festival 3rd Place Road March Song “Road Jam”
2003 Trinidad Carnival Hottest Overall Soca Brass Band
2006 Barbados Music Awards Band of the Year - January
2006 13th Reggae Soca Music Awards Best Soca Group & Album of the Year (May)
2007 Barbados Music Awards Band of the Year
2008 Barbados Music Awards Band of the Year & Best Soca Single
2008 Barbados Road March Handle ya Bizniz
2008 Barbados Party Monarch Unleash de Beast
2008 Barbados Peoples’ Monarch Nah Missin Me
2009 Barbados Music Awards Band of the Year
2009 Barbados Road March In de Middle ah de Road
2009 Barbados Peoples’ Monarch In de Middle ah de Road

 

Some Notable krosfyah Performances

1995 St. Kitts Music Festival
1996 Cartegena Music Festival - Columbia (Hailed as one of the best bands of entire festival)
1996 Cohobblopot - Barbados
1996 Stadtgarten at POPKOM Music Festival - Germany
1996 Museumsuferfest - Frankfurt, Germany
1996 Miami Carnival
1996 Air Jamaica U.S. Promotional Tour
1997 Trinidad Carnival
1997 Suriname Tour
1997 Radio City Music Hall
1997 Bahamas Musik Festival
1997 BTA UK Tour
1997 Curacao / Aruba / Suriname Tour
1997 Reggae Riddums Festival - New Orleans
1998 Central Park Summerstage - New York
1997 The Onyx - MIDEM Latin America & Caribbean Music Market – Miami
1997 Montserrat - free Christmas Concert
1999 Trinidad Carnival
1999 Sinbad Music Festival – Aruba
1998 Bermuda Tour
1998 Germany & Amsterdam Tour
1998 Bonaire Tour
1998 Caricom Heads of State Concert – St. Lucia
1999 Trinidad Carnival
1999 Colleges across the USA
1999 New Orleans Jazz Festival
1999 Montreal Jazz Festival
1999 Washington Carnival
1999 African Festival, Washington, DC
1999 Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
1999 Afrobean, San Francisco, CA
1999 Afrikadey Festival (Dundey), Calgary
1999 World Beat Music Festival, Trinidad
1999 Pirates Week Festival
1999 Spirit of Unity Tour
1999 WOMEX Trade Fair, Berlin, Germany
2000 Trinidad Carnival
2000 Trinidad Hilton
2000 University of Central Florida
2000 Clayton State College
2001 International Sunfest
2000 Boat Ride, New York
2000 Crop Over 2000, Barbados
2000 Carifesta
2000 Fascination Cruise Ship
2001 Trinidad Carnival
2001 St. Vincent Pre-Election Celebration
2001 Jamaica Bacchanal Village
2001 Congaline Festival, Barbados
2001 Island In the Park with Air Jamaica
2001 Belgium & Netherlands
2001 Crop Over 2001, Barbados
2001 Miami Carnival
2001 World Creole Music Festival, Dominica
2001 Montreal, Quebec
2001 St. Philip’s Carnival, Barbados
2002 Trinidad Carnival
2002 Jamaica Carnival
2002 Spectakula Barbados
2002 Crop Over 2002, Barbados
2003 Trinidad Carnival
2003 Cayman Is Quincentennial Celebrations
2003 Crop Over 2003
2003 Brooklyn Museum
2003 St. Lucia Wet Fete
2004 St. Croix ,Tortola , St. Thomas
2004 Bonaire, Labour Day, Trinidad and Tobago
2004 Guadeloupe/ St. Vincent/ Antigua/Dominica
2004 England/ Holland/ UK
2005 Barbados - Crop Over Festival
2006 Unite the Nations - Toronto
2006 Barbados - Crop Over Festival
2006 N.Y - Labour Day Weekend
2006 Hartford – Sept. 8
2006 Guyana – Oct. 28
2006 Suriname – Nov. 4
2007 Bonaire/ Curacao Carnival- Jan
2007 Calgary – March 3
2007 London/Holland June 16/17