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'Shots fired'! Fmr. band mates trade barbs at RT Rise & Shine Tramp

Eustace 'Boss' Freeman (left with microphone) of the Showtime band leads the charge against the VI Showtime band led by Raul 'Jugo' Sprauve (right with microphone). VINO
A section of the huge crowd that was caught in the middle of the two bands' tussle earlier today. Photo: VINO
A section of the huge crowd that was caught in the middle of the two bands' tussle earlier today. Photo: VINO
Some fans clearly didn't mind the noise as they partied hard at the cruise pier. Photo: VINO
Some fans clearly didn't mind the noise as they partied hard at the cruise pier. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scene from RT Rise & Shine Tramp on August 5, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Instead of peace and love, a war of words developed today, August 5, 2013 at the cruise pier in Road Town between men who previously shared a microphone and stage just over a year ago.

As today’s Rise & Shine tramp made its way down from the Delta service station at Pasea to the cruise pier, jouvert revellers were asked to take sides at the end in an apparent ongoing spat between the VI Showtime and Showtime bands.

Some fans may have even been expecting a traditional Caribbean style ‘sound clash’ at the most but things turned personal as accusations and name calling found new heights between grown men. One band member also called out the other band for allegedly paying for their songs to be played on a local radio station, calling it a move reserved for punks.

Instead of the banging sounds of either band’s successful hits, animosity was thick in the air with metaphorical shots being fired between camps as chants flew back and forth.

There were shouts of “no s#itty band” from one side and “ya like man Bo$$” from the other side as the goading continued between the chief protagonists, Raul ‘Jugo’ Sprauve and Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman with immature chants and insinuations about one of the band leader’s sexual orientation interspersed between supposedly related tracks.

Many of the fans didn’t seem to mind at all, as it appeared to be ‘mete’ heaven for most of them who chimed in to follow the name calling instructions given by the respective band leaders.

But it was the VI youngsters who turned up for the revelry that may have been most affected by the two warring factions, despite the several calls by politicians and community leaders for a peaceful and amicable Emancipation Festival season.

For those out of the loop, some of the band members of Showtime and VI Showtime shared one band name (Showtime) until an acrimonious split late last year followed after six (6) Road March titles together.

Earlier, jouvert revellers made their way into the streets as early as 4 A.M. to gather behind their respective bands (Showtime and VI Showtime) as they tramped their way ecstatically along the James Walter Francis dual carriageway into de Castro Street and over to Administration Drive before coming to a halt in the vicinity of the cruise pier.

It remains to be seen which band will cop this year's Road March title following today's parade. According to one police officer, there were no reports of any fights along the entire route.

51 Responses to “'Shots fired'! Fmr. band mates trade barbs at RT Rise & Shine Tramp”

  • ccc (05/08/2013, 14:18) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    what ah ting to tell the king???..so which ban member is gay?
  • disgraceful and distasteful (05/08/2013, 14:34) Like (33) Dislike (33) Reply
    The two young men should know better than this. Guys remember that the younger ones look up to you. Each of you two bands just play your music and move on. OK, you've severed ties, just move on and stop that animosity
  • kevin (05/08/2013, 14:42) Like (13) Dislike (25) Reply
    VI SHOW TIME RULE THE ROAD THIS MORNING YALL
  • Ban them (05/08/2013, 14:50) Like (28) Dislike (43) Reply
    Ban all of these guys from playing again in this years celebrations or any other years. Zero tolerance for this nonsense - all band members should be treated with a ban, as apparently they continued to play therefore supporting this childishness.
  • Why (05/08/2013, 15:29) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    boss started the mellee
  • DJ KRUSHA (05/08/2013, 15:43) Like (68) Dislike (2) Reply
    REALLY?I MEAN COME ON,ITS JOUVERT,THE ONE TIME WHEN IT SHOULD BE EXCUSED IF RIVALS WANT TO VERBALLY FIRE AT EACH OTHER,NO PROFANITIES WERE USED,NO PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS.AN INCEDENT FREE JOUVERT AND THAT WAS OVER LOOKED,GUESS IF REAL SHOTS WERE FIRED THAT WOULD BE MORE EXPECTED,smh.
    • @Dj Krusha (06/08/2013, 04:20) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      It was uncalled for! Their actions were childish to the maximum. That is why some of the individuals in the British Virgin Islands can not progress in life. What they could have done is entertain the fans with clean music. All those extra props were not needed. That negative energy need to be buried as soon as possible; it is not a good look. Can you imagine a small island that is no bigger than 60 square miles with so many confusion? What I gathered from your post is that you feed from negativity and drama. I strongly believe that you and the rest that cosign to this madness elevators do not go all the way up. Please remember that the BVI economy is built around tourism and this behaviour is abhorrent.
  • SORT OUT (05/08/2013, 15:54) Like (19) Dislike (59) Reply
    Boss and the show time BAND is the best ha ha SORT OUT
  • work (05/08/2013, 16:44) Like (12) Dislike (32) Reply
    Both boss and jugo are teachers what example for my kids…tis ridiculous
  • talk bring talk (05/08/2013, 16:59) Like (11) Dislike (18) Reply
    from the video clips v.i. showtime band run the route,
  • Juvenile Tendencies (05/08/2013, 18:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    From the way they are behaving you would never have thought that they once played together or we're once good friends...too much band politics dehman. It doesn't matter how popular you are, if there is talent within you, let it speak for itself.
  • . (05/08/2013, 19:37) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    These moo moos could've still had one big powerful band.....Bunch a @$$ wholes.
  • oh really (05/08/2013, 20:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    here is the answer to all the cries for a local artist dominant festival
  • the rock (05/08/2013, 20:49) Like (13) Dislike (32) Reply
    it was disgracefull at the end yes..but jugo band got the best this morning..that tune demolition..is bad!
    • wellsa (06/08/2013, 07:33) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
      WELL I DONT THINK YOU WAS LISTENING PRETTY WELL, I WAS ON JUGO SIDE FROM TIME THEY HIT AROUND THE BANCO SHOW TIME COMING LONG SIDE..........................I SAY....ME SAY I COULD NOT HEAR VI SHOW TIME.............................. THE ORIGINAL SHOW TIME WAS PUMPING VERY LOUD.

      WHEN THEY GOT ON THE CAY IT WAS MASS ''SHOW TIME' DROWN VI SHOW TIME OUT......................I WANTED THEM TO BACK UP TO EACH OTHER 'BUT' THE COP SAID NO. IT WAS NICE BUT I MUST SAY THIS JUGO FOR VI SHOW TIME TAKE YOU LICKS LIKE A BOY................... TELL BIG SHIT, TRASH 'SUCK POP', YOU COULD NEVER RUN BVI WITH THEIR RUDE BEHAVIOUR OR AND BIG NASTY, YOU GUYS ARE FOOLS TRYING TO CONTROL RISE AND SHINE LET THEM BAND PLAY, YOU GUYS ALONG SIDE JUGO TALKING TRASH OVER ON THE CAY ABOUT BOSS.................THIS IS A FUN THING YOU GUYS TAKING IT PERSONAL IN THE END....................SHOW TIME WAS HOLDING THE CROWN. BLAH BLAH!!
      • Real Talk (08/08/2013, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        vi showtime acted like lil boys and prove to the world that them miss boss... boss has to much lyrics for them and all vi i no how to do is chant no of them go sing always ga the riddem louder than them voices.. dont talk bur horse race them was awful!!!!
      • Hmm (08/08/2013, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        So where were your ears when Boss was throwing off his trash talk about VI Showtime!!! Stop being so Bias to the facts of the whole thing!.. Boss bring a set of other people to go up against VI Showtime WTH he needed help for!!!.. Hmm All In All The Clash Was Nice!!.. They Maybe Acted Out But It Was Nice!
    • Peace Maker (07/08/2013, 07:11) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Please bring back Caribbean Eastacy,Immigination Brass,some of the old school for the more mature people.We travel from far and near to hear this crap come on man.The CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL COMMITTE KNOWS BETTER.
  • Really! (05/08/2013, 22:33) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hypocrites....when the late Great Daddy Friday use to fling words it was ok. Imagination, Ecstacy, Prime Time, Systems all use to fling words at jouvert it was never a problem now all of a sudden every body commenting turn holier than thou! no fights were started, no threats were made, no profanities used (other than the lyrical gay slur which is common here and a little name calling). The people that came to had fun did regardless of which band they were supporting (some even supported both bands). The people that just came to walk and watch on did and that was their choice nobody was forcing them to dance or participate.

    Stop making it like it is some major war that's going on. Tell the radio DJ to stop hyping up the "war" thing!
    • Heritage!! (06/08/2013, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

      They had fun rivalries not personal BS. There's a difference. System and Primetime had some of the best clashes but they NEVER EVER got so personal and petty with it looking to fight people. I remember the days of Jamband and Magi clashing and it was good back and forth, nothing personal. Everybody chose their bands and they had lyrical wars and used the songs. What is happening with these two show time bands shows exactly why BVI is in the hot water it's in. It's people always talk unity but have no clue what it's about then they wonder why our culture is fast fading. Do you see the expats behaving this way? Come on, it was uncalled for. Let the music talk for itself. Bash eachother in the playful way that bands usually do, let the lyrics speak and keep it fun, leave the personal attacks behind. I never hear Friday, Chicken, Fredo etc. talk about who's faggot and get personal with people so don't try to condone this fing bs by mentioning the greats. Back then it was much better. You could tramp in your gold chain and don't worry about the idiots. Now it's just a bunch of young angry AH which is why most sensible people avoid jouvert and jams like a plague.

  • MAD SICK HEAD NO GOOD (06/08/2013, 06:45) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ayo must be sick or something with VI Show time. The original SHOW TIME with BOSS sounded MUCH better and performed with CLASS. It doesn't matter which guy started it but it was FUN and one of the best Jouverts in a long time. About the GAY comments, BVI better wake up and smell the coffee about using this as a slur because it sounded childish and although I am not gay it doesn't mean that it is a demeaning word . Respect the people sexual preferences PLUS Boss got a beautiful Jamaican wife so don't even go there because a family member must have shown signs of being that way. So go SORT OUT yourself VI Show Time.
  • Missy (06/08/2013, 10:31) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Here we go again! It's Jouvert! You are all blowing it out of proportion. It was fun and its the best, biggest, cleanest and incident free Jouvert i have ever seen since Daddy Friday passed. Everyone was having a good time. I actually thought it would have a fight but thank God there was none. The only thing i disliked is that VI Showtime was disobeying the orders of the RVIPF. For Showtime Band (Boss) you guys keep up the good job as it had pure mature people behind your band. Plenty respect to the RVIP also.
  • call name (06/08/2013, 10:42) Like (9) Dislike (43) Reply
    big up to VI Showtime they run the road with class boss talking all the now he get he licks he crying tek that and smoke it in your pipe you will get a road march because your tune been out the longest but musically you far from ready VI showtime will remain silent till next year so you have a whole year of talking to do so see you punks next year this time so.
    • bunch a kids (06/08/2013, 21:25) Like (2) Dislike (35) Reply
      Thank you perfect example how you vi showtime are so immature. (What's in the dark must come to light)
  • educate (06/08/2013, 12:37) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    Boss go learn English before coming on here trying to act bad!
  • People (06/08/2013, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two different bands this morning and it was so peaceful
    • virgin gorda (06/08/2013, 19:42) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      we need to boycott both showtime and vi show time...hit the right spot
  • NEXT!!! (06/08/2013, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    both Boss and jugoo ah dem could cart ayo behind for my part
  • Festival Lover (07/08/2013, 07:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok people enough of this time to move on!!!
  • eat meat (07/08/2013, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look food in some of thoes photos
  • Truth (07/08/2013, 11:24) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

    First of all this funny I attended the entire jouvert and everyone was with Boss showtime band , the response to the vi showtime desperation chant about who like man from boss was "hear the children them over there" they whipped jugo them band with class and called it a day finishing off showtime dominant Festival.

  • A (07/08/2013, 12:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    I personally think you blew this story out of proportion because what was said there should have been left there.. if you missed it oh well.... now all these people who didnt come sitting here judging the bands. It is called acting, a lil entertainment for the fans. after all is said and done these two boys going there own way. PEOPLE GET OVER IT...

  • only in tola (07/08/2013, 16:58) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    how come vino aint give the breaking news on the generator that was taken off another truck before jouve, lol. a fesitval committe member took another band's generator to give his band without asking. Talk about abuse of power. That man needs to be removed from the festival committe, he really showing what conflict of intrest is. but we in tola does allow person like that to come and do what they want. God knows what else he has done, I hope the judges use pens to vote this year cause if pencile using look problem.
    • dejae (07/08/2013, 20:47) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply

      the band clash is all for the fans.. it's more exciting. No one was hurt and everybody enjoyed it. Kudos to Jougo and Boss for making jouvert 2013 a spectacular one.

    • Disrespectful (08/08/2013, 09:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      That’s true, three bands were scheduled to be on the road. What I say happened to the 3rd band was an abuse of power and a conflict of interest. Not only did they take a generator off the truck that was sound checking I am 100% sure they did not consult the band members or the owner of the sound system. Two trucks came to pull both bands. It should have been handle better than that. That was just rude!! And the committee member stood there arguing with the band members and system owner and just left them there without making sure they make it on the road. It should have been my band they did that too. They need to demote him or fire him!! This is going on for years now.
  • Fan (08/08/2013, 06:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this is the best the BVI has to offer God help us. They were a band when they were as one, but none of them are ready to stand alone. It is time for a fresh band to take over this place, one who comes to play music and not just Rythme box all night.
  • Cutty Wise (08/08/2013, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    As you scroll through these pics and admire them one thing comes to mind......TORTOLA "HUT" BAD!
  • school children (08/08/2013, 09:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    thats all vi i has to offer bunch of dead! mack daddy world of advice go prime time or somethin cause i see tha boy jugo for he self
  • Boss (08/08/2013, 11:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    tek it easy vi splash. we had need that generator, could'nt let vi showtime get away like that. sorry
  • luv (08/08/2013, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    Well saw me love the headline VINO ayo tis the best!!!...so which one like man?
  • band man (08/08/2013, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    goodness gracious hope this too will pass
  • 1 (09/08/2013, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so its showtime again for road march


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