Another calypsonian has confirmed that he will be stepping down from this year’s calypso competition.
Former calypso monarch Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang, who recently released his calypso for the 2011 contest, confirmed on DBS Radio’s Saturday evening newscast that he decided to withdraw because of overseas commitments.
Daddy Chess’ decision comes on the heels of Scrunter’s announcement on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the competition because it was becoming too political.
Daddy Chess said he knew before hand that the possibilities of him not participating in this year’s competition were slim; but according to unconfirmed reports, calypso organizers were only very recently informed about Chess’ decision.
When asked about the relevance of releasing a song for the 2011 competition even if he may not be on island, Chess said he felt compelled to put out a song.
However he vowed to make an appearance on the Stardom Calypso Tent stage, but said he will certainly not be a part of the 32 calypsonians who will compete for a place in the calypso semi-final round of the quarterfinals on the Newtown Savannah tonight (February 5).
Judges will choose 20 of the 32 for the semi-final round.