Events Director of the Dominica Festival Commission Val Cuffy has thrown his support behind those calling for the four-time Calypso Monarch, King Dennison ‘Dice’ Joseph, to be allowed to contest the 2010 calypso competition.
Dice did not go through the elimination round of the competition and according to the association’s rules he cannot be automatically placed in the quarterfinals competition, carded for January 16.
Cuffy told a press conference on Wednesday that he sees no reason why the former calypso king should have to go through the elimination round in order to be guaranteed a chance of participation in the competition.
“I want to say this to the Dominica Calypso Association. The discussion is ongoing and being debated. They need to take heed and it is interesting and also debatable. I think at some point the decision needs to be taken that if a guy has won calypso king in Dominica and they wish to take part in the competition, I see no reasons why they should not be allowed to come in during the quarterfinals,” Cuffy told a press conference this week.
“I think we need to sit down as an association and look at that carefully. If a man has won a king or two in Dominica he deserves to be given that respect and allowed entry into the quarter final competition in Dominica,” he said.