However the recent ‘booing’ of Richie Buntin, a well-known calypsonian and soca artiste, who now resides in the United States but has been known to make his contribution to carnival through his participation in the calypso contests, has caused the Carnival Chairman, Sylvester Anthony, to react strongly against the heckling meted out to Buntin during a tent appearance.
Of late, Buntin has also not been afraid to pen his lyrics in support of the ruling Labour party, which this year in song, he has been expressing “Full Confidence”, (a slogan known to be used by the party). The ‘booing’ by the audience therefore came when the artiste was delivering his song, in front of calypso fans who appeared, through their actions, not be in agreement with the words being sung by Sandy Pointer.
Anthony used the occasion of recent media interviews this past weekend to issue what some view as a note of caution to fans. At the time he was announcing the postponement of the various carnival events that had to be postponed due to 3 days of constant rainfall in St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to a release from the Carnival Committee, Mr. Anthony also shared a word of caution to patrons attending the Calypso eliminations. “The Calypso eliminations are judged events and we cautioning patrons not to interfere with the Calypsonians during their presentations. They have been some recent incidences where people have been using this avenue to express their political views in relations to what the Calypsonians are singing”.
Anthony continued, “We need to have an organized event and although we are asking for your support, we will go the extra mile to make sure that the Calypsonians are protected,” the Chairman further stated.”
How much success Anthony and his committee would have with this appeal is still left to be seen.
Due to inclement weather, all Carnival events that were slated for Friday 06th, Saturday 07th and Sunday 08th were postponed.
Anthony stated that the report from the weather forecast indicated that this type of weather was expected to continue for the entire weekend and it’s for this reason the Committee had decided to postpone all events for this weekend.
In further remarks, the Chairman also reported that the postponements do not apply to the Calypso eliminations that were scheduled for Saturday 07th at De House Nitery and Sunday 08th at 17 Degrees.
The postponed events have now been rescheduled as follows
- Friday 13th December – Soca Monarch Semi-finals – Sugar Mas Village, Back of the National Museum; 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday 14th December – Island Wide Bar Crawl, starting at Sugar Mas Village, Back of the National Museum; 10:00 a.m.
Since the radio interviews, the Chairman has indicated that the new date for the Breakfast Fete is Sunday 15th December, LIME Grounds; 3:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.