Another virtual calypso season for Dominica; call for winner to be recognized as official monarch

Reigning Calypso Monarch Jaydee (l), 2021 Virtual King The Bobb

As the wheels get into motion for the hosting of a virtual calypso season for the second consecutive year, the Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) is adamant that COVID-19 “will not kill calypso.”

With no word from the government on the staging of carnival 2022, the executive of the DCA says it stands ready either way to give carnival lovers a taste of Mas Domnik in a virtual style and ensure the country’s calypso appetite is first whetted and then satisfied.

In 2021, the association held the first-ever virtual calypso competition and veteran calypsonian Daryl “The Bobb” Bobb emerged victorious reigning alongside 2020 monarch Jude “Jay Dee” Delauney whose reign was not interrupted.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the DCA, Emanuel ‘Haxey’ Salamat, who spoke to Dominica News Online (DNO) announced the hybrid format style show similar to 2021  which he says is expected to begin later this month with a few modifications to last year’s format.

Compared to 2021 when 30 calypsonians were selected at the elimination rounds from their prerecorded submissions to the association, this year, Salamat says 15 will be selected  at a live-streamed show carded for January 22, 2022.

“The elimination show is a favourite of a lot of our patrons. They have communicated their wish to us that they want their eliminations so we have agreed to give them that. This is also an opportunity for the lesser-known calypsonians to have their moments of fame,” he stated.

This year there will be no quarter-finals round, however the 15 selected from elimination will meet last year’s 15 finalists in the semi-finals round, scheduled for February 12.

At this leg of the competition, 15 will advance into the finals which is set for February 26 in a one round, one-song final competition.

Salamat said due to financial constraints caused by the pandemic and the COVID-19 protocols which have been implemented, the season cannot mirror that of the past but he assured patrons that their taste for calypso will be satisfied.

He further stated that all COVID-19  protocols will be observed at the staging of these events and urged calypsonians to get prepared.

“Never forget calypso is our business,” Salamat stated.

Reigning Virtual King, The Bobb, insists that he stands ready to defend his crown.

He however holds the view that “the DCA needs to recognize that the competition has evolved to what it is now and should treat this new format of the competition as the official one.”

Instead of the title Virtual Monarch, he believes that the winner should be named the 2022 Calypso Monarch despite the absence of the grand style national competition.

However,  says he is in support of whatever decision that’s taken by  in keeping the art form alive given the present circumstances of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

While reigning calypso monarch,  Jay Dee supports the the DCA executive’s efforts to keep the show alive given the circumstances, he says he is concerned about the lack of promotion of the event.

“It should have started long ago over social media. If you want to capture an audience who can choose to do anything on those nights from watching another show to Netflix or even just going to bed you have to first capture their interest early and keep them interested leading up to the event. It’s not business as usual and in the absence of proper promotions, we cannot maximize patron partaking.”

The 2020 monarch expressed his excitement for the upcoming season as he stated that he is in full preparation mode.

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  1. Prince
    January 5, 2022

    That I agree. But the point that is being made here is that events like this presents the opportunity to promote vaccination and encourage people to get vaxed. Last I checked about two weeks ago 27, 618 people (38%) were fully vaxed. I am sure a lot of calypso fans are included in that number. So why not promote some level of normalcy for these people with events like this.

    I can guarantee you that when people see people enjoying such events on the premise of vaccination, many of them will be incentivized to get vaccinated them selves in other to enjoy the privileges. We need to go beyond just asking people to get vaxed while catering for those that already are vaxed.

  2. Lin clown
    January 4, 2022

    Everybody attending the calypso shows should be FULLY VACCINATED period. No full vaccination,stay out of the show.

    • We the People
      January 5, 2022

      Lmao!!! Who gives a fork, knife or spoon? You seem to be one of those that really believe the fully vaccinated = immunity. :mrgreen:

    • We the People
      January 6, 2022

      And they must be fully masked and keep their distance too!

  3. Prince
    January 4, 2022

    Victual Calypso season Two years on? I am really wondering what is the purpose of promoting vaccination. Last year I could understand but with the availability of vaccines for almost a year now, you mean to tell me we are still talking about virtual events. Isn’t the purpose for taking the vaccine to promote a return to some level of normalcy? Is the Government working with the various organizations re: vaccination? Are we not are seeing the example world over, even within the the Caribbean, that the norm is to begin opening up with vaccinated events? Yet we are here talking about virtual calypso season.

    Event’s like this should be an opportunity to promote vaccination and to highlight the goal of vaccination. Honestly I really have to question if we are serious or really interested in archiving the so call “Herd Immunity” target. Or are a certain set of people relatively disinterested because Covid-19 provides a very nice cover and excuse that is very much welcomed :-?

    • JustSaying
      January 4, 2022

      How can we return to normalcy if a number of our people are not vaccinated, asking our people to get vaccinated is done on a daily basis, the ball is in our court, things obviously cannot be as normal if we do not go out and get vaxxed

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