Former head of Carnival Organizing Committee, Alwin Bully, has suggested that Dominican Calypsonians be marketed on a regional level.
Bully told DNO that a calypsonian like Dice, who has captured the national calypso crown six times, should be a regional name.
“A mighty calypsonian like six-time king Dice is hardly known outside of Dominica. This man should be known all over the Caribbean by now,” Bully argued.
Bully said further that local calypsonians should be given more opportunities to perform overseas since some their lyrical content is regional in scope.
“In Dominica’s Calypso this year there were a lot of calypsos which were very regional in their content,” he pointed out.
He said more must be done to market Dominica’s calypsos and musical bands. “Enough is not being done to get our calyponians and our boyoun bands singing out there,” he noted. “And the negotiations and arrangements for that should be undertaken not just by the Dominica Festivals Committee but by the Calypso Association.”
Executive member of the Dominica Calypso Association, Daryl Bob, agreed with Bully saying that the marketing of local calysponians is necessary.
“It is necessary that all calypsonians who are marketable enough should be given a chance in the region to be marketed and (this) should not be limited to King Dice,” he said.