Cuffy pushes for Dice re-entry in second round of calypso competition

DFC Events Director Val Cuffy

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.

DFC Events Director, Val Cuffy

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76 Comments

  1. positive mind
    February 1, 2013

    There is this young man that take his time and talent to entertain you people, to keep alyou calypso competition at a high standard and that is the thanks you all give him? Shame on Dominicans!!! UNGRATEFUL people!!!!

  2. positive mind
    February 1, 2013

    CORRECTION This is a 4 time calypso king

  3. positive mind
    February 1, 2013

    There you go again! OPRESSION!! DISRESPECT!!! The an is a 4 time calypso monarch Why should you all even venture there? Total nonesense!!! Give that young man a break in his life. Dice shoul just live Dominica and alyou Calypso competion for good. There is no calypso competition without dice. For that matter he is wasting his LIFE and TALENT by being in Dominica anyway.

  4. DESRA MONDESIRE
    March 12, 2010

    WHERE IS THE LOVE , WE NEED TO STOP THIS HATRED AND JEALOUSY AND UNITE AS ONE. GIVE DICE A CHANCE IS IT BECAUSE HIS BETTER THAN THE REST?KEEP THE FAITH DICE, ONE LOVE XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  5. shabin
    February 14, 2010

    Dice may god keep blessin u an dat special talent u hav.jus remember in ever thing u do som people 4 u an some aganist u

  6. shabin
    February 14, 2010

    ay giv d man a chance.wel i b live dat u a jus hatin on dice he is 1 of d best we hav out dere an we diminicans love him and u a jus hatin

  7. February 11, 2010

    my son may god continue to BLESS you , may the peace of god be with you and guide you always i pray peace in your life properity you were born with a talent its your gift , take it run with it while it may come with challenges but they are only to make you stronger,
    most important my son dice, forgiveness and love is the master key to any relationship in this world if one can forgive,and love.enough he/she would be the most happiest peoson on this planet.
    so i tell you dice everyone can’t support you, but lots and lots do and thanks for being there for him . even they dont condole some things you do , but love you enimies do good to those that hate you in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on their head.

    MAY GOD REACHLY BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE
    WE LOVE YOU .

    we admire your strength and it truly comes from god because you have a praying family.

  8. TRUE DOMINICAN
    January 22, 2010

    DICE AGAIN NO DICE NO SHOW THE PARK WILL BE EMPTY FOR SURE

  9. no ame
    January 22, 2010

    there is no reason y he should he is unable to go through this yrs competition……

  10. Pepsicola
    January 17, 2010

    That midget always causing confusion. I love your songs but you need to eat some humble pie and chill.

    Let your talent speak for itself and stop dividing calypso lovers!

    Short men always have some kind of complex – attention seeker.

    Val probably you should focus on The World Creole Music Festival so you don’t give us a coolwash like this year.

  11. AAA
    January 17, 2010

    Enough is enough on this young man. Please D/cans. understand…No Dice No calypso…y’all see how dead the show was last year…that’s all i’m saying!!

  12. anonaki
    January 16, 2010

    dice didnot ask to go to the quaters is his fans that want him there in fact his understanding of the law was that if u was already king u automatically come in the quaters and he learned that if u LIVE out of state and u was king u can come in the quaters. another thing is that he was asked to do a gest performance so do u all home work befor u go out and talk .

  13. ledisi
    January 15, 2010

    no dice no calypso

  14. Just giving my 2 cents
    January 14, 2010

    Each contectant should start at the same starting point

  15. Just giving my 2 cents
    January 14, 2010

    I say, in any race, all competitors start at the begining. One could be a 100 time world champion, it shouldn’t matter- that shouldn’t allow for automatic advancement to any other wrong. One has to continue to prove oneself. Just as the prior losers keep reentering and starting from scratch, so should DICE. Let him like all others start at the same line. If he continues to prove himself… all the better, but EQUAL rights for all- none is above the other.

    Imagine if the Chicago Bulls did not do the regualr rounds and advance directly to semifinals – would that be fair? Things change- who knows, Dice may be eliminated in the first round- one never know… he may think that he is the best and not put forth his best effort, while the man who feels like he is not as strong puts forward 10 times his effort. WOuld it be fair for the person who works harder to start at the begining while someone who just relaxes and expects to get by, simply moves on.

    Think about it…. the race starts at the begining, not in the middle and noone should participate until he/she starts at the starting line…i’m just saying

  16. Dice again
    January 13, 2010

    dice we love, you will allways be my king punk of kyso.
    no Dice no plane ticket.

  17. Ha Ha
    January 12, 2010

    Ebey DICE does have allu talking papa. Dice All the way. We love him!

  18. Lolojo
    January 12, 2010

    After reading most of these comments, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to weight the outcome of our decision before we move forward. Not withstanding that King Dice has proven himself time and again, but the fact that he was present for the “Eliminations” and opted to be a guest performer sends a strong message that he feels a little above the other competitors.

    But, like any sane businessman will advise you a business without a profit is a failure……So my good people choose wisely and ensure that in the end we can can ” our decision was worth every penny”.

  19. sexitrii
    January 11, 2010

    i had no time to read all the comments, but the first one i read from ‘Concern’, well made sense to me……unlesss by the DCA law it is wrong. what i am saying is that DICE may not be the reigning king but he is a 4-time winner hence giving him the experience of, lets say, not having to go through the elimination round……then i say LET HIM COMPETE. however, if by DCA law he MUST go through all the rounds, then its too late for him (Sorry Boo…next time).

    Now my suggestion to DCA…… maybe your laws need a ‘look-over’ and then some changes to accommodate every winner who participates every year (or very often).

  20. concern
    January 11, 2010

    If you are true calypso fan’s you all would be more considerate than that, in the eye of everyone “DICE” is still the king of Dominica’s calypso because he never defended it ok, secondly no one has been crowned calypso king four (4) times or as young as he did so what’s the uproar about putting him in the quarter finals? He is still the king. Rumour has it that Carressa may not defend his crown tell me would that forbid him his crown? or would he still be KING until he defend’s his crown?

    If DICE don’t perform trust me the calypso final’s will be partly empty because when Huricane and scrunter was reigning the park were always filled. If you all could recall there was a year scrunter said that he was not going to compete and do you know the amount of fan’s that said they would not be at the show’s because of that? He then had to find two(2) fast songs to perform and trust me that was one of his best performances in his history of singing calypso.

  21. cello
    January 11, 2010

    My suggestion is if I may, allow Dice to perform at the calypso show as a guest performer.

    If he did not go through the competition in which eliminations took place he should not be allowed to go through the second round.

    He should prove himself at the first round. if he is a strong contender in the callpso arena then there is no reasion why he should not compete like everyone else

    this is where he can prove he is a king over and over again by competing. not trying to get an easy ride through.

  22. brutalw
    January 11, 2010

    that association must go easu on di man . they need to change those rules of their own because that not making no flipping sense. give the man a chance i mean he is a four time king. what the hell. i mean you doe how the man can perform why should he have to show you again. give me brake Calypso association my foot. when i going in calypso it would be for da na because that association need to be changed. got it get it

  23. sense
    January 11, 2010

    if they want dice to pass cuz he was king before best they give all past kings a free pass too. i guess dice sucks without pat aaron,

  24. DA Calypso fan
    January 11, 2010

    There is no reason why the rules cannot be changed to enhance the level of calypso that we get in this year. Last year the show was not all that and Dice is a very talented individual and would end up in teh finals anyway we all know that…whether you like Dice or not u know that he has great talent and is an amazing performance. Further more who makes the rules, they can be amended and if tehy are changed for Dice someone else can benefit from it later. Well we will see the turn out at the finals if they dont let Dice in…Calypso Association need to think about that.

  25. Calypso Fan
    January 11, 2010

    @Dice my foot… who is daddy chess again???????????? Dice is it people leave from all over to listen to Dice. I think he is a very unruly but very talented calypsonian and I think that had he gone through eliminations he would have made it anyway. There is no way he wouldnt make it to finals so whats the issue.

  26. icy
    January 11, 2010

    oh my God!! Dominicans get a real!!
    there are rules but if a past king cant make it to d 1st stage of elimination,i see nothing wrong in just accepting him the other step later..Dice has proven his self to be better than all the rest..whether you like it or not, Dice is very talented all around & i have no dout that the next time he competes whether is this year or next year he will be crowned king again.it is so clear that he would make it to the finnals anyway,so why rub his fans off his appearance in the finnals?..Val knows why he is calling to consider Dice’s entry..dont you think Val has a good reason?..dont you think the festivals commission recognized the lost in the calypso show without Dice?.Dont you think Dice is a major asset in the calyso competition?..dont you think with Dice’s presence in the calypso competition will bring a greater income?..those are the questions that have to be asked and not just blocking him out cause he is a raster or a getto boy..look at the contribution he will make to the calypso competition and to our Dominica..i have my personal reason why i want Daddy Chest to win this year but still i cant say Daddy Chest will win with a man like Dice around..People stop hating..its not worth it.

  27. wilo
    January 11, 2010

    boy only respect a calypsonian that write his own song.so who is dice to break rules

  28. Clay
    January 11, 2010

    There are many valid points made concerning former King Dice. If you ask most peopl who live overseas about our (Dominica) calypso, they will not hesitate to mention ‘the Mighty Dice”. I first so him on stage during renuion 2006, “men” he was as high a level as other Caribbean Island calysonians. His voice is unique, crystal clarity, and his message on what’s truly happening in D/A is better than DBS, Qfm or Kari news.

    I truly don’t know or understand the rules implemented by the association for calypsonians. As far as i am concern, Dice is good for carnival and carnival lovers. Case in point, he will make other competitors elivate the level of calypso, to bring more aticipation to the arena. According to one person who commented (Calypsolover), about calysonian Jahel four years ago, who was granted the privilage of entering or reinstated doing the quarter finals. In my experience, if an organization feels they do not have a high or higher selection of talents, then they will be encouraging mediocrity.

    This is not criminal or political laws. Even those laws some times have loop holes, which are twisted a little to help the process to reach certain resolution. Carnival rules and regulations are not obsolete. They are call rules and regulations, meaning there are times when you may have to bend it to accommodate certain issues. So lets address what’s at hand; With Dice it may be more enticing Dominicans to come home for carnival, the competition will be more intense, politicians may be on their toes, etc, etc. However, the bottom line it’s all about revenue for the carnival association. At the end of the day, if it helps promote and enhance our carnival, then more powers to the Mr Cuffy. If it’s for personal reasons, then that’s showing leniency……

  29. LMAO
    January 10, 2010

    “JNC

    Well Mr. Cuffy,you saw any reason why the four time king tried to sabortage the calypso competition last year?”

    Well stated…………………. Dice should be made to sit this one out… i think that the 4-times-king crap has gone to his head. the guy didn’t even participate last year, and assumes that he will be placed ahead this year just becuase he is a former calypso king? that dude was de-throwned. he has to EARN his way back to the top.

    i guess if Hurricane returned to competition, as a former king, should he expect to be ‘bumped’ up to the Q- finals?

    Cuffy, stop being a wimp!!!! guess he is scared the competiton will have a poor turnout without Dice!!

    wow…..!!!… sure gives a sad perspective on this whole organization.

    PEACE!!!

  30. dominican living abroad
    January 10, 2010

    please let dice sing .do u want to count the people in the park tell me ,when dice not singing it is dead n u know that before dice came to the game srunter n hurricane use to run tings but when dice came to the game it is he who runs the show mennnnnn,come on let the man sing .living abroad but travel home every year for carnival if dice na sing we na come this year for notting mennnnn come onnnnnnn

  31. Grandbayrian living in st-thomas
    January 10, 2010

    NO DICE NO SHOW. WHY SHOULD I BUY A PLANE TICKET WHEN DICE WONT BE IN ACTION .HELL NO, HAVE U NOT HEARD DICE SONGS MESON ALL OF THEM N TELL ME WHAT DO U THINK.I’M STILL THINKING WHAT SHOULD I DO BOUT GOING HOME FOR CARNIVAL I WANT TO KNOW THE UPDATE FIRST.NO DICE NO TICKET NO MONEY NO COMINIG NO NOTTING .IM WAITING TELL ME DEMAN ……DICE U THE ONE TO ROLL THE STAGE MAN LET IT DOWN COME DOWN MA BROTHER ………………

  32. January 10, 2010

    mouth of the south i mention the st marteen show on my blog. Both Dice and Karessah made it to the next round in the calypso world cup….
    Let Dice perform….its not like this hasn’t been done before…y the uproar??

  33. Calypso Fan
    January 10, 2010

    Still, you’ve made a valid point. “What if there are sufficient kings to make up the numbers?” What if? Sometimes newcomers outperform the former kings. Why deprive these new comers an opportunity to go forward by automatically including the former kings in the quarter finals. I believe that every calysonian should start from scratch except for the reigning king. This will teach calypsonians to present their best from the beginning. Sometimes they come with one good song and the second is usually a mess.

  34. sweet!
    January 10, 2010

    WELL NO DICE D PARK WILL JUST BE PARTLY EMPTY NUH IS ALL , THEY WILL NOT MAKE AS MUCH MONEY , THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE DICE JUST MAKE WHEN HE PERFORMING, WELL TOO BAD NO DICE , NO PLENTY LARGENT ,—- SAY TOOT

  35. January 10, 2010

    Who the hell does pat think he is. He and dice should be fined. they should be fined ten gran . make an example out of them. allow dice to come in @ 1/4 finals. and limit the amount of calypsonians a writer can write songs for. in competition. . to five. ,,, AND MAKE THAT THE LAW .!!!!!! KELLY TAKE NOTE.

  36. fellow calypsonian
    January 10, 2010

    it is alarming to see and hear the lack of respect we have for the other calypsonians espacially those who were there before dice and those who will be there after.

    school time: a former king residing out of dominica goes straight to the quaters, if however you are there for the show then you sing, if you are a former king and for your own reason choose not to then the following year back to scratch hence daddy chess both elimination rounds when he came back, this year and the year with back to sing.

    Now some will argue that dice lives guada ok fair however not only was he here for the competition, at the show he was registered you hearing he he was registered by whomever..paid the $20.00 fee for him to sing at the eliminiations..when it was time for him to sing he went to someone from the dca and said he does not see WHY he has to do that he is a four time king, he was advised to just go and sing 2 verses, you are a four time king that should be easy 2 verses and you are a sure in…dice went on the stage and publicly told dominica and the rest of the world listening i am not competing i am a guess artist and he sang, could he not just sing his 2 verses and say nothing?????? So after he tiold this to the world how fair s it to put him in, what does it say for the rules, what does it say to the other calypsonians, what example are we leaving for the younger persons who may want to come into this arena. DICE IS A FANTASTIC CALYPSONIAN but he is in no way the best dominca has ever seen or will ever see cause a true calypsonian and calypso king is in the are form for love, respect and to teach the nations…not just for the money power and prestige…DICE NEEDS TO BE MORE HUMBLE and show a little more respect to CALYPSO cause it will eventually start to treat you just how you treat it.

  37. st thomas usvi
    January 10, 2010

    come on man mister cuffy, you have the center of so controversy in the pass, concerning funds missing, or falling short, but here you are now trying to break rules, so what are you man a rule breaker.

  38. Bety
    January 10, 2010

    Where was Dice during the eliminations? If he has no valid reason for not taking part, then LEAVE HIM OUT!!!! CASE CLOSED!!!!!!

  39. Tiger
    January 10, 2010

    Hey Bull,did you and Pat had a talk,or is this your way of saying money money money!!!!!!!money.
    and again if it was Mr.Alwin Bully that made this comment I would respect this man,but not you,you and Pat is so much alike,it is scary.

    you never make anything about you on less it benefits you. I know.and now is not the time for all this ..,after all that com-mess with election we need to free up our self and have fun, and this is what calypso is for to free up our self,this is not another election of Government.please

    we have our PM already, and we are now going to get our Monarch. and is it not Dicey,Dicey wait for next year,this year is no dice again. you are my boy but ,move on and just sing in your tent.I go come see you.

  40. January 10, 2010

    “there is” of course

  41. still
    January 10, 2010

    people think before you comment. you say that the kings should skip elimination what if there are sufficient kings to make up the numbers what happens will there be no eliminations. i know some of you will say that it will never happen but who knows. dice was not a finalist last year since he did not perform so he is not eligible for automatic entry. maybe his situation can be considered but i am sure that there is a procedure that has to be followed.

  42. January 10, 2010

    if dice perfoms this year that is total disrespect to daddy chess he a former king also tell dice will and come again dice i love u too!

  43. January 10, 2010

    In my previous submission I dealt with the question of the necessity to change rules in order to meet our needs, aims and objectives…not to”bend” the rules! This is exactly why I didn’t mention any names.
    In this particular case, personality does not matter. The criteria for qualification should be clearly defined in the rules in the best interest of the competition…
    If the rules fail to do so, then their is a need to improve them.

  44. funlover
    January 9, 2010

    I think the rules should be altered. I agree with Val…anyone who has won the monarch should automatically be given a chance to start at the quarter final level. C’mon people Dice has won four time (again and again and again and again) he deserves some royalties.

  45. Kurt
    January 9, 2010

    Wait, Dice is king of Dominica? This guy is a lil rude S.O.B and he should be treated as everyone else.

  46. first timer
    January 9, 2010

    let de dam man perform… in our eyes he is still de king!

  47. Boots Henry
    January 9, 2010

    You guys make Dice think he is God. If he did not compete in the eliminations, then he cannot compete period !!!!! Being a past King is irrelevant at this point.

  48. Loving-it
    January 9, 2010

    the bottom line is Dice is talented but have no respect for Calypso lovers and the calypso comitte much less his brothers n sisters that compete in that field…If Dice had a valid reason for not competing in the elimination round for e.g out of country…sick….had to compete on behalf of the country some other place…then i understand he can go straight to the quarterfinals…but u cannot tell me de man was at the show…and just decided that the guys competing was just not good enough for him to sing with…how can I respect a man like that…Dice u need to wheel and come again….cuz u have just ruin your self by yourself…then u will want to come and sing about they pressinging u…bull.S….

  49. Calypso Fan
    January 9, 2010

    I’m a fan of Dice. I’ve admired his talent from the time he started performing at school. Mr. Gordon, while I do agree with you that rules are “not cast in stone”, there are some rules you do not want to bend because of the repercussions they may have later. I would like to know if Dice had informed the Calypso Association of his decision not to participate in the competition last year? His reason as far as I’m concerned is personal. He does not necessarily have to reveal it as long as he informs the necessary authorities of his non-participation. Teach a lesson by example. Leave him out.

  50. Gal Power
    January 9, 2010

    So wait, Dice is above the law or what?? What is in it for Val? Hmmmm.. Rules are made for all and Dice WAS at the show making noise to sing on playback cd..The guy thinks he is above the artform..

  51. Celus
    January 9, 2010

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having dice enter the competition to enliven the competition and force the other competitors to a higher level of competition. The rules are there as a guide and not set in stone. Man make rules and man can break or adjust them accordingly.Former winners will add to the spice and will also make more money the association, period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010

    my position is u missed the eleminations for what ever reason but the fact is u missed it. the othere who were allowed in at the quarters a few years ago got the opportunity so why not the four time king.

  53. Unfortuneate
    January 9, 2010

    Everyone seems to be forgetting the fact that the arrangement has been made several time for oversees residents. Why is it good for one set and not others?

  54. DA MAN IN BOSTON
    January 9, 2010

    WHAT ARE RULES?

    RULES ARE SUPPOSED TO GUIDE US ; RULES ARE MADE AND ADJUSTED TO MAKE THINGS WORK. WE KNOW SOMETIMES RULES CHANGE TO AVERT CHAOS;
    IN DOMINICA WE KNOW THERE ARE RULES; THE SAME RULES INTERPRETED DIFFRENTLY FOR DIFFRENT TYPE OF PEOPLE. I DON’T WANT TO WASTE TIME ON THAT;.JUST REFLECT ON A NUNBER OF INCIDENTS THAT HAPPEN IN D.A IN THE NOT TOO DISTANCE PASS, CARNIVAL; AND SOCIAL EVENTS, THE RULE AND LAW ARE THERE ON THE BOOKS ; YET BECAUSE OF THE PERSON FAMILY BACKGROUND THE GOT FAVOR;THERE ARE JOBS THAT SOME PEOPLE GET IN D.A NOT BECAUSE OF THERE QUALIFICATION, BECAUSE OF THERE AFILIATION.
    NOW ALL THAT SAID, DICE MAY HAVE HAD BAD JUDGEMENT IN SOME OF HIS ACTIONS,AGREE; BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON.DICE IS A 4 TIME KING THAT IS RARE; WE KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN EXCEPTIONS MADE IN THE PASS; IS IT BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE WERE LIKED PEOPLE?
    DICE IS NOT BIGGER THAN CALYPSO! BUT CALYPSO WOULD BE BIGGER WITH DICE;
    YOU LIKE CALYPSO? YOULIKE NICE CALYPSO SHOW? THEN THANK YOU.
    EVERY ONE OF US ACT FOOLISHLY SOMETIME OR THE OTHER IN OUR LIFE TIME;
    ALL WHO CRYING FOR THE RULE TO STAND FOR DICE, ARE AFRAID OF DICE IN THE COMPITITION; DON’T LIKE DICE PERIOD; OR JUST NOT THINKING WITH A CLEAR CONSCIOUNESS, I RESPECT ALLYOU’LL BLOGS, BUT PLEASE LETS RESPECT ONE AND OTHER EVEN THOUGH WE MAY NOT AGREE WITH EACH OTHER; WE MUST FIND A COMMON GROUND TO MOVE ON; WE WILL GO NOWHERE WITH ALL THIS BICKERING, LETS MOVE ON DOMINICA, WE NEED EVERYONE FOR DOMINICA TO GROW.THE LAW DOES ALWAYS BEND FOR THE TOP NOTCH ALL OVER THE WORLD; CHECK SPORTS CHECK POLITICS CHECK THE CHURCH IT IS ALL AROUND US.WHILE YOU TRYING TO STIFFLE DICE YOU ARE STIFFLEING YOURSELF.
    I LIKE CARNIVAL I LIKE CALYPSO ILIKE GOOD CALYPSO SHOW THANK YOU.

  55. I-HOP
    January 9, 2010

    Pepper you will be eliminated long before val cuffy! Get lost!

  56. second chance
    January 9, 2010

    I understand Dice didn’t go thru elimination, he made a mistake,. Everyone deserve a second chance and I am sure at some point we all would like to be afforded a second chance in life.
    Could you imagine the Mighty Sparrow not performing in a Trinidad calypso competition one year and he would have to start from scratch? come on people. lets use our descretion. Lets put all politics and pettiness aside.. Give the guy a chance.

  57. Veteran Calypsonian
    January 9, 2010

    There are a number of rules and regulations that Val Cuffy has instituted in the Calypso Association and he should not support the way Dice and Pat Aaron are trying to railroad the calypso competition. There was an agreement that songs should not have an accapella piece and that came in to spite Dice. Mr.Cuffy went along with that.It means that now we could have a number of kings who live in Dominica deciding to come into the competition whenever they feel like. Dice should not enter the competition this year and all rules and regulations should be set for the competion at least one month before the eliminations.Dice missed the boat so he should wait for the next one.

  58. La Diabless
    January 9, 2010

    IT IS OK TO CHANGE THE RULES!

    Wasn’t Dice the same one who thumbed his nose at Calypso Competitions and Dominica Carnival last year? The “King” pulled away in support of Pat Aaron. Now that Pat Aaron is back, Dice wants his royalty privileges reinstated. If the carnival organizing committee has anything close to a backbone, they would realize that the extenuating circumstances do not justify the need to bend rules.

    He rolled the dice and came up craps. If Dice is allowed in the competition this precedent, outside of the rules, makes the Calypso competitions and the Organizing Committee a big joke.

    Here is a possible solution, and I think PATRIOTICB got it right. Val Cuffy should submit a proposal for a rule change to the Committee to take care of this specific dilemma in the future. This would maintain the integrity of the organization and preserve fairness throughout the calypso competition. However, because of his obstinate resistance to perform last year and foregoing the preliminary round, Dice should be forced to stand down in 2010.

    Having said this, I do believe that Dice has a masterful voice and his delivery on stage is in the top 5% of all Dominican calypsonians going back to the fifties. Nevertheless, the issue at stake is not in his ability to perform.

    It is ok to change the rules, BUT NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME !!

  59. pepper
    January 9, 2010

    Mr. Cuffy your “Elimination” is soon to come. RESPECT WE EARN SO DICE NEED TO RESPECT HIS FANS TO EARN THAT AGAIN……….PEACE

  60. precious stones
    January 9, 2010

    I agree with the ASSOCIATION’S RULES, a rule for one should be a rule for all pass present or future CALYPSO KINGS . And ” MOUTH OF THE SOUTH ” don’t lie Dice did not win the competition in ST.Maarten he came second, King KARESSAH is who won that night. Question were you at the show, if not somebody fooled you.

  61. Dominican Student
    January 9, 2010

    It seems that alot of people who said that Dice should not start at quarterfinals based their decision on his personal life rather than his God-given talent. Everybody is entitled to their opinion but everyone looks forward to Dice’s performance because he puts his all into it and it’s always interesting. People may say he’s not a good role model for the youth but people should be more concerned with having God as their role model rather than man…

  62. texan
    January 9, 2010

    u no wat we will always be backwards in da. its time that we put things in place man. for some stupid reasons the man decided not to take part in last yrs competion. i think that is being so disrecptful. the carnival commity should have these things in a more professional level. have some contract put in place for circumstances like these. u do not defined your title as king for no reasons then some price should be paid.i mean if its some emergency and u really cannot then that is accepted. da making the yong man think that calypso cannot go on without him. come on people. val u must put your act together man. don’t make the man think that is so much. come when u want live when u want? please. only in da we can do those b.s.

  63. Mary
    January 9, 2010

    Mr Cuffy your elimination is close at hand.

  64. Patriotic B
    January 9, 2010

    Thanks Gordon Henderson for your comment. I hope everyone would see the principle of the situation. It seems like we have a tendency to drift away from what really matters and focus too much on attacking .

    The guy left the competition with a title. We all take breaks from our profession at some point to re-think, evaluate and strategise our next move. With this said, rules are there as a guide and as the we evolve and changes happen those involved must always review written policies and make the necessary adjustment for the good of those involved. Despite the fact that Dice is the one in the situation, I would support Daddy Chess, Scrunter, Hunter and all those top calypsonians of the country. I really think that some adjustments can be made to allow a King who leaves the competition with a title to re-enter without going through eliminination. They can even implement a time limit of 1-2 years to make it tougher. I would really push this change more than allowing others out of the country to re-enter at the quarterfinals. I understand that the Association is trying to accomodate them but can a member of the association please tell me which deserves more consideration?

    1. A calypsonian who has won multiple crowns, left the competition with a title, take a 1 year break and wants to re-enter at the quarterfinals
    OR
    2. A calypsonian who has won a crown, left the country for mutliple years(no time restriction by the way) with a title but is allowed to enter at the quaterfinals because they deserve to get consideration for travel, their job in the foreign country and preparation.

    I think this is a perfect case the Association should discuss if not for this year but for the future.

  65. Calypso lover
    January 9, 2010

    Thanks Val for taking a step to this matter. If the Calypso Association can make arrangements for those living out of the county to enter at the quarterfinals if they last left the competition with a title, then Val has a reasonable request. Approximately 4 years ago they made the special arrangement for Jahlee who was absent for over 15yrs. She entered the competition at the quarterfinals. And someone who has gotten 2 or more crowns cannot. Look at the situation and tell me that this does not warrant a review/debate in order to enhance the policies.

  66. lover
    January 9, 2010

    Rules are there for everyone to follow. Dice is no ecception He did not compete last year so he should go through the stages like every one else. It would be unfair to the other calypsonians for him to be allowed to enter the compitition at the quarterfinals stage. He has tremendous talent but is he bigger than Calypso.

    The rules are there so untill they are changed he should not be allowed to compete in the compitition this year.

    I really would like to see him perform but I think he deliberatly decided not to take part in the Elimination.

  67. Calypso Fan
    January 9, 2010

    Why make an exception for Dice? Did Dice give a valid reason for not going through the elimination round? Furthermore, he did not even participate in calypso last year so I believe he should start from scratch. Sometimes deserving ones are denied a place from the quarter finals right through the finals because of convenient decisions like these. People need to be taught their lesson. Leave him out to teach others a lesson on respect for rules and for calypso.

  68. January 9, 2010

    In our civilised society, we in whatever function or office even as calypsonians, make laws, rules and regulations to guide us to adopt a common and harmonious method of operation.
    However, we remain the master of those guidelines and benchmarks and we must even like the ultimate guide the Holy Bible move gradually from time from an Old Testament to a New and who knows to a Newer…Time changes so do man!
    Now let’s take a look at the rules of the Dominica Calypso Association. It appears that in order to compete in the annual competition one shall (with the exception of the reigning king and probably some others) have to go through a series of rounds of which the first is referred to strangely as “elimination” rather than “qualification”…In fact there have been good years when there have been ties or other factors which made those responsible bend the rules to accommodate a larger number of qualified calypsonians…
    It is therefore safe to say that the reason for having this famous “elimination” round is to select the best ten or whatever number qualified to go on to the next round. This does not mean that this is the only way to make such a selection…We all know that there are numerous other ways to make an intelligent, fair or even commercially correct selection!
    Even rules cast in stone can be modified with good reason…sculptors, remember?
    Does anyone get my drift?

  69. mouth of the south
    January 9, 2010

    FUNNY,,, dice is still a reigning KING,,, he has not lost his crown,,,,, u actually think the guy who won last time can top dice,,,, a lil info for u,,, in st. maarteen when a competition was held mid last year dice beat dat guy (i doh remember his name but he’s one of my favs) and other calypsonians in d region but u’ll never hear dat why,,,, the powers dat be wanna paint dice as a ghetto yout with no ambition,,,,, dice is the most talented calypsonian we have at present besides i doh see why dice wasting his time in allu lil competition,,, if i was dice i’d get a good manager n try to get some connections in trinidad, london, new york n jamaica,,, collaborate with machel montano n others,,,,

  70. Nathaniel Peltier
    January 9, 2010

    Why should the rules be changed for anyone person in Calypso. They are there for a reason.

  71. Justice is Blind
    January 9, 2010

    rules are rules, everyone needs to adhere to them. According to the regulations, Dice had to follow the different stages of the competition and if he did not then he should not be allowed to enter the competition at this stage, its only fair to all the other competitors that went through the process.
    If we start changing the rules for one, then everyone else will have his own request, and it would be interesting to see how those request would be handled.

    Guys impartiality is the way to go…………….forward ever, backwards we will achieve nothing

    please be careful of the precedence that you are setting.

  72. funny
    January 8, 2010

    Dice sat on his behind and did not get into the elimination round when he was suppose to like every one else, he is not the reigning king therefore he should do the elimination round like every one else, this is not disrespectful in any form, past king or not, I think that Dice is the one who is disrepecting the calypso association by not following the rules, if Dice wanted to sing then he should have followed suit like every one else, without Dice calypso will go on.

  73. Sweetv
    January 8, 2010

    The Calypso Association needs to carefully reconsider having past Kings go through the elimination process. It is not about Dice or Daddy Chess or anyone else, this rule does not make sense and needs to be challenge. Dice is a very talented young man and his contribution to calypso is enormous. It would be rather unfortunate that his fans be robbed of his performance because of this.

  74. Dice my foot
    January 8, 2010

    Give me a break? Wasn’t Daddy Chess king before? He had to go through elimination so why not Dice? There was calypso before Dice and there will be calypso after Dice. It would be rediculous to allow him to join now.

  75. JNC
    January 8, 2010

    Well Mr. Cuffy,you saw any reason why the four time king tried to sabortage the calypso competition last year?

  76. Dominican Student
    January 8, 2010

    I agree. With Dice in the competition, other calypsonians will pull up their socks and make better songs and the calypso standard will rise.

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