Speaking with MyVueNews.com, Culturama Chairman Antonio Liburd said organizers are experiencing some problems with the show – the calypsonians in particular.
Liburd said, “Some calypsonians are not totally prepared for semifinals, some are still writing and who are not writing are still in the process of having their music prepared.”
This is not where the calypsonians should be, he said, as he disclosed that Culturama Committee reached out to the calypsonians and had no less than three meetings with them to inform them of dates for eliminations, semi-finals and finals. Yet, the calypsonians are still late this year in presenting their songs.
The chairman commented that three years ago the Committee came up with an initiative where if Calypsonians released at least one song in the month of May, they would receive EC $500.00
Unfortunately, it appears as though this initiative was not enough. Liburd stated that this year only two or three individuals received that reward.
The Kaiso Semi-finals Contest is scheduled for Saturday, 23rd July 2016, at the Nevis Cultural Complex.
Meanwhile, as the calypsonians sort themselves out, lovers of the art form are hoping to get their first glimpse of some favourites when the ‘Musical Cornucopia’ is held Friday, 22nd July, at the Nevis Performing Arts Center.
Slated to appear there are King Bingi, King Hollywood, Puppa Wheeler and Kaiso King Astro. The Sugar Hill String Band will also feature at the show that will come one day after the official start of the main 2016 Culturama festivities.
It is expected that many Kittitians will go over to Nevis, particularly on August 1st and 2nd, to important holidays – Emancipation Day and Culturama Day respectively, to join in street activities, including the Culturama J’Ouvert.