The fans of Stardom Calypso Tent have said no and organizers have complied: there will be no Calypso Clash of the Tent.
At least, that is the explanation given to DNO by main organizer of Stardom, Norman Letang, in explaining why the event will not be staged.
Letang told DNO on Thursday morning that although a meeting was planned to discuss whether the event should go ahead, this proved unnecessary when the crowd who attended Stardom Tent’s Wednesday night’s show, boldly expressed that they were not in favour of it.
“We didn’t have to have a meeting because when we went there, the MC at one time spoke about Clash of the Tents and people said no! no! no! no!,” Letang explained. “So we could see the fans were not in favour. I went to the calypsonians to discuss it and I told them ‘well, you all are seeing what just happened; the way people are reacting, if we have it we might lose our fans.’”
Letang added that the calypsonians agreed with the fans and therefore the event is “definitely off.”
He pointed out, however, that the the idea might be explored again after the Carnival season or some other time.
The event was being organized so that calypsonians from Stardom and Showdown Mas Camp would take to the stage to battle each other. It was expected to take place on Friday evening (February 21).
Meantime, organizers of the Showdown Mass Camp said they will continue their regular Friday night show.
“On this Friday we will be highlighting our finalists; King Dice, the Wave, Leona, Boople, the Bobb and we are encouraging everybody to come out and have a good time in the spirit of enjoying real good, true calypso,” Daryl Bobb said.