Controversy is brewing over Hunter’s performance at the calypso semi finals.
Allegations are that some of the lyrics for his song were written on the palm on his hands and were read while he performed in the competition.
The issue created a buzz on social media after a video was posted online which showed written material in the palm of Hunter’s hand.
Some people have been saying he should be disqualified while others say there is not enough evidence to prove that what was written on his hands were actually some of his lyrics.
Hunter himself has strongly denied the allegations. He agreed that information was written on the palm of one of his hands but noted they were not the lyrics of his song and it was written before the show started. “As you know I am the treasurer of the calypso association,” he told Q95’s Matt Peltier. “So I went to the ticketing booth very early and I organized with the people monies and floats and so on. Information was written on my hands because at the time I could not find paper …they had a list of the calypsonians that they they were using to tick out people they thought would have made it. I did not have paper….some information was there.”
The calypsonian said he loves the song very much and it was one of his best performances. “There is no way I was going to forget the song,” he said.
He argued that he has seen a video that has been going around but it should have also shown his face. “Can you show me where Derrick St. Rose was looking at his palm or reading from his palm …?” he asked.
Dominica News Online (DNO) has been trying to get an opinion from Dominica Calypso Association officials on the matter but so far has been unsuccessful.
DNO was able to obtain grainy footage of the performance which has been causing the stir. However, the footage is not clear enough for one to identify the actual words.
Photo of palm and video below.