Calypso competition to revert to pre-Covid format

DCA president Davidson “Observer” Victor performing during the Virtual Calypso Monarch Competition

Calypsonians who competed and made it through the finals and semi-finals in the 2020 and 2021 calypso competitions will have to compete in the elimination round to secure a spot in the 2023 quarter-finals.

This was according to President of the Dominica Calypso Association (DCA), Davidson “Observer” Victor who spoke on the Creole Heartbeat Program this week.

In 2020, during the Covid-19 period, a decision was made following a general meeting that any event put out during the Covid season will have no effect when the association moves back to regular competition.

The DCA is now moving back to its normal format of the calypso competition.

“The persons who made it to the calypso finals and semi-finals in 2020 will be coming back to the quarter-finals of 2023,” Victor said. “So even if you made it to the finals in the two Covid competitions, it has no bearings.”

He stated that this was not an executive decision, it was a general membership decision.

“In the first year we would have our event catered for the Covid [period], if Covid ended up lasting for the other year we would also do the same, however, if Covid [went] on for at least three years we would come back to the drawing board and review our decision,” Victor explained. “Thank God we did not have to do a review because it [Covid] only lasted for two years.”

Meantime, Victor revealed the dates for the calypso competitions leading up to the finals.

He said calypso eliminations will be held on Friday, December 30, 2022, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt, the quarter-finals will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, the semi-finals on the February 4, and February 18, will be the grand calypso finals competition.

“I [mentioned] the four shows because we are now moving back into our normal format of the competition,” Victor indicated. “In 2020 when Covid hit we suspended the regular, normal format of the competition…”

Victor also informed the public that registration is still open for anyone who wishes to participate in the upcoming calypso competitions and is expected to be closed on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

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1 Comment

  1. Righteous
    December 16, 2022

    Kaiso, Kaiso, Kaiso! Bring on the Kaiso!

    One Love Dominicans #OLD

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