But this year, Mr. Carlton “Licky Bird” Dupont is again literally ‘putting his money where his mouth is’, by donating five thousand dollars to the MiyVue.com/ZIZ King of the Tents Calypso Competition, which has been scheduled this year to take place on Thursday 20th December, at 17 Degrees, Basseterre.
In a simple but extremely important handing over ceremony that was held on Wednesday 12th December, Mr. Dupont and his wife, Anita DuPont, presented the check to CEO of MiyVue.com and founder of the competition, Mr. Val Henry, who accepted on behalf of the organizing committee.
Henry, while expressing his thanks and appreciation to Mr. and Mrs DuPont and their business entity, known as DuPont Jewellery, located in the Pelican Mall, Basseterre, stated that it is the generous support for calypso like this one that will go a long way in building and promoting local talent. He praised Mr. DuPont as a true believer and supporter of calypso and one who is never afraid to demonstrate his love for the art-form.
DuPont disclosed that calypso is something that is truly in his blood and he loves the art-form and will always be willing to play his part, to lift the standards. He too indicated that the calypsonians who participate in the MiyVue.com/ZIZ King of the Tents are the ones who provide us with great entertainment and he is happy to contribute as best as he can.
But DuPont made it clear that while the $5,000 contribution is directly from his business, DuPont’s Jewellery, he is continuing his effort, as a member of the show’s Organizing Committee, to help raise more funds to cover the expenses related to the competition.
Henry meanwhile confirmed that all of the initial $5,000 will go towards this year’s prize money for the winners, with the King receiving $2,500; First Runner; $1,500 and Second Runner $1,000. This is an increase over last year’s purse when the winners got only $1,500; $1,000 and $500.00.
Mr. Henry also expressed appreciation for the sponsorship support that is being provided by leading telecommunications company LIME, TDC and SL Horsford’s. Praise was also showered on the owners/operators of 17 degrees, Grand Masters, ZIZ for their partnership and Mr. Aubrey “Katuba” Webster in New York, who for the past three competitions has donated the trophy for the King, in the name of former calypsonian, Mighty Diego, the late son of veteran calypsonian Lala.
DuPont’s support to the calypso was not restricted to the King of the Tents, because also on Wednesday, DuPont donated another EC$5,000 to the Grand Masters Proud Sounds Calypso Tent, in recognition of the dedicated and long years of service that they have been providing to the calypso industry for well over 20 years. Mr. Wingrove Williams, leader of the Grand Masters, was on hand to accept the cheque. He too praised Mr. DuPont for his demonstration of goodwill and interest in calypso.
Both ceremonies were held at ZIZ Television studios.