New criteria for deciding on Road March title

Davidson Victor (left)

Newly elected president of the Dominica Calypso Association (DCA), Davidson “Observer” Victor, has disclosed that his executive has now put in place the necessary criteria for the judging of a road March winner for 2019.

Over the past years, the selection of a road march winner has been fraught with controversy and in 2017 and 2018,  DCA eventually had to opt for a joint winner.

“I already have had a discussion with the secretary of the Trinidad Calypso Association as it relates to us in Dominica deciding the Road March title. I asked them about the criteria that they use and the method in going about determining the winner,” Victor said.

He continued, “That was fully explained to me in details and I have since discussed it with my executive at our meeting and it has been fully endorsed and approved for the 2019 calypso season.”

Victor stated that when he held the post of PRO of the DCA, he believes that he received the respect of the media and general public and after he announced the 2018 Road March winner, he gave the general public his word and commitment that that situation “will never ever happen again”.

“You will be having figures and tallies for the winner of the road March title for 2019 and beyond,” he said.

Victor announced that the 2019 calypso elimination will be at Harlem Plaza with the quarter and semifinals carded for the Newtown Savannah.

A venue is yet to be determined for the finals.

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  1. December 8, 2018

    We can do better than this our judges I must say sometimes need to brush up I think we should have judges come from other countries like Trinidad Grenada Antigua and so on but when you use our same judging over and over I don’t think that some of them even can write a calypso line mouthless judge the
    top calypsos we have now the standards are very high.

  2. playboy
    December 7, 2018

    The DCA can have their road march if they like. In my humble opinion, the road march song for any year should be Dominica Carnival Road March, decided on by the Dominica Festivals Committee. That way, the road march can be Bouyon, Soca, Zouk or whatever genre is popular and enjoyable for the people. Just saying.

  3. G
    December 6, 2018

    Road March is the song played the most on the carnival route on Monday and Tuesday and it should be announced before last lap on Tuesday. It should not be calypso alone there are so many songs that people jump to that get over looked because they are not calypso.

  4. Zandoli
    December 6, 2018

    I hope the Calypso Association does not follow the lead of Trinidad. Before the carnival parade everyone knows who the road march winner is.

    I have played mas in Trinidad numerous times and the DJs switch the songs to their favored artist just ahead of the judging stands. As soon as they pass that area they switch back to the songs people really want to dance to. It’s all a sham.

  5. December 6, 2018

    Road March songs in Trinidad today is pure garbage. GONE are the days of Sasa ye, jean and Dinah, Bass Man, Lauren. We do not need Trini criteria today. It is pure garbage songs.

    • Not A Herd Follower
      December 6, 2018

      You are confusing the criteria with the songs. The road march is the song played the most along the designated Carnival routes. This is essentially the criteria – popularity.

  6. A. George
    December 6, 2018

    So what is the procedure? 8-O

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