Sye, Lady V tie for Road March title

Lady V and Sye

The Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) has said that there was no dominant calypso during the two days of Carnival street jump up and hence there is a tie for Road March title between Lady V and Sye.

The Road March title normally goes to the calypsonian whose song is played the most on the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

PRO for the association Davidson “Observer” Victor explained that although Lady V’s song, The Spirit, dominated the calypso season from the beginning, Sye’s Cartoon Cabinet caught up with her on both days of the street jump up and it was only fair to declare a tie.

“We took everything into consideration and we felt that in all fairness, we said the most reasonable decision was to tie the Road March between the both,” he said.

Earlier in the week reports surfaced that Sye, whose name is Murphy Jno Jules, was declared winner of the Road March title and many took to social media to declare their displeasure. However, the DCA remained quiet on the matter and did not issue a formal report on the winner.

Even well-known calypso enthusiast and MC, Alex Bruno, waded into the matter. In a Facebook post on March 5, he questioned the wait for announcing the winner of the Road March. He made it clear that he believes Lady V, whose real name is Vernice Joseph, should win the title.

“If not Lady V, who?” he asked. “Why the wait? Why has ‘Lady V’ not been announced as Dominica’s 2017 Road March Monarch? Let me know if there is something I should know because, though NEW Calypsos did not enjoy prevalence during the street jump-up (In Roseau), Lady V certainly played more than any other…her song, ‘De Spirit,’ also provided the Road March spirit throughout the carnival season. Let’s crown Lady V now and fix the issues with monitoring Road March and managing we Kanaval later.”

On Wednesday, although Victor agreed that Lady V’s song dominated the season, he stated Sye did catch up with her on the two days of street jump up and there were many things the DCA had to contend with when declaring a winner.

“We had a lot to contend with because the first we thing we had to contend with is that we did not have a dominant song on the road because calypso from all reports did not play very much,” he stated. “However being the responsible association that we are and we know that there is a prize for the Road March, we did not want to just let the year go without having to announce a Road March…”

He added, “We still believe that, not withstanding, calypso did not play a lot but we still had songs that did play … for example Lady V’s song dominated the season from the beginning but in terms of on the road where the Road March is being counted, the songs that have been played on the road for the Monday and the Tuesday, Sye ended up coming to meet with her…”

Victor stated from all reports and views that since no song dominated the road, the DCA “have to take the views from the public, from all angles and from all angles the two people seem to be coming up in contention.”

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  1. Awa
    March 9, 2017

    Always making a mess of things and always changing the rules in the middle of the game. We watched with tears as they tried so hard to make Chess win, that even when he made mistakes in his song, they tried to make him king. It was so glaring that they tied him to allow him to share the purse with Dice. He ended up with more money than he deserved. Now, road march is for songs played on the road. When a man like Alex wants to help the controversy by saying it was played all season, then give her a prize for new artist or for all season. Don’t rob another man to please yourselves. Sye won the road march plain and simple. Lady V had a very good song that was abused all season. This is such a great discouragement!

  2. Anonymous
    March 9, 2017

    I am at a loss for words regarding how this decision was arrived at. Unless I missed it I did not see the number of times that either song was played. We like to say that our calypso is better than Trinidad but at least Trinidad tells you how many times each song is played on the road. Another thing maybe the DCA should award a song for the spirit of carnival. The road march should be for the song that plays the most on the road. This thing about song being played before carnival has no place in determining road march. We like to make too many simple things in this country appear difficult.

  3. Dominican
    March 9, 2017

    Some paying bands to play their song every year even if the people in the bands don’t want to hear it, sad

  4. powerful woman of god
    March 9, 2017

    Dominica is down we have a pm no glasses and the ppl have no vision

  5. powerful woman of god
    March 9, 2017

    Ppl all is not lost for lady v she just start 2018 she will b bigger and better her first time she reach so far next time she will umprovef better

  6. Blessed1
    March 8, 2017

    Sye is the clear winner. I thought it would have been Lady V but I’m in NY and watching from my computer all I heard was the Cartoon Characters song over and over again. I was even saying how come they not playing my girl song. I was in NY grudging all you carnival. Doh worry, Labor Day coming. LOL

  7. May
    March 8, 2017

    Sye won fair and square but DCA is sooo full of sh they can’t even explain why the tie. Road march is on the road as the name suggests not played at stardom every Wednesday night or before the actual street jump up days. As a matter of fact lady V’s song played so much before the jump up days that on the actual days it had lose its taste. Sye was deprived of his road march crown just because his son was about truth to power. They can’t stand it. Waste of time DCA!!

  8. March 8, 2017

    Congratulations to The ties, Dominica wins. We tie again? Why you gruging me For?#### see you all next Year.

  9. Vex
    March 8, 2017

    Dominica Calypso Association isa disgraced pro Skerrit Labour Party bunch. They did all they could to prevent any political songs from making it to the finals by picking most judges who support the DLP? Imagine only Dice that had a song in the finals that was against a government that is caught up in a major diplomatic scandal. They tried their best to prevent Sye from winning the road March because his song exposes our corrupt government. Guess what DCA you are killing calypso to please your political masters. Soon Dominicans will see through you all and calypso will lose its public appeal. Imagine Dice will not be competing next year.

  10. my take
    March 8, 2017

    I seem to be at a loss here regarding the road march, or maybe I don’t clearly understand the meaning of road march.

    For as long as I can remember I have known the road march to be the calypso played most on the road for Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday. Is the Calypso Association now saying that it is not so any longer?

    Lady V’s calypso “The Spirit” was popular at the tents and got lots of air play on the radio stations as well. However, on the road for the two days of Carnival it was definitely not played as much as Sye’s “Cartoon Cabinet”.

    I wish the Calypso Association would state just how the Road March winner is judged. This will clear up for me, and many others too, how they arrived at the decision of a tie.

  11. pax
    March 8, 2017

    Is the Road March awarded to the most frequently played song or ‘calypso’ on the road for the street jump-up? I am asking because Lady V’s song is definitely not a calypso.

  12. Chanter
    March 8, 2017

    PRO for the association Davidson “Observer” Victor explained that although Lady V’s song, The Spirit, dominated the calypso season from the beginning, Sye’s Cartoon Cabinet caught up with her on both days of the street jump up and it was only fair to declare a tie.

    Observer the tie is on you boy – what is the meaning of “road march”? And please do not call the contribtion from Asa Bantoness a song – this is a chant. :mrgreen:

  13. Faceup
    March 8, 2017

    There was no calypso played only Bouyon that why me and my crew flew out on Tuesday..?

  14. March 8, 2017

    Observer, you’re confusing your own self. You clearly said Sye’s Cartoon Cabinet was played more than any other calypso on Mon and Tues (even though there were barely any calypsos playing), then added that Lady V’s song was most popular.. so automatically it’s a tie!? It’s not the total season that counts, it’s Monday and Tuesday. This is complete hogwash!

  15. March 8, 2017

    If Sye’s song dominated Carnival Monday and Tuesday, I see no reason why the DCA should split the title in two. Give the man his Roadmarch crown!

  16. Chanter
    March 8, 2017

    Dear Mr. Bruno

    Ask Lady V to confirm if she was singing her track on Carnival Monday in Serenade.

  17. calypso
    March 8, 2017

    You all tied Daddy Chess and Dice when Daddy Chess(words from his own mouth) mixed up two lines in his song. Now you tying Lady V and Sye because Sye “caught up on Monday and Tuesday”

    What are the rules? Isn’t Road March King based on the most popular or played song on Monday and Tuesday? Did the rules change to include songs played for the entire season? If so, Will the same rules apply or future carnivals?

    Can Observer or someone from the Calypso Assoc answer this questions? We can make better contributions if we are educate on the matter…

  18. Tamar
    March 8, 2017

    Why is Dominica so tied-up noh? Politics tie-up, calypso tie-up , P.M tie-up , it seems like is tie they tie Da ?

    • Ra
      March 8, 2017

      lol alas

  19. nonamegal
    March 8, 2017

    I heard Sye and Lady V songs all over when I was in town for the two days. I would have tied them too. I also followed several bands.

    You all are not the judges, stop the grudges! hahaha

    • marie-claire R Skerrit
      March 8, 2017

      I will tie you up for that comment.. Nuff said..

    March 8, 2017

    Lady V was the clear winner on the road , you tube , facebook , Whatsapp, social media , shows, tent and the whole season . Lady V won all around. WE AREN’T FAIR at all and its a blinking shame. Because she is a poor ghetto girl then. Sye is no joint road match monarch . IF HE IS A MAN HE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THAT. Lady V was , is and will always be our ONLY ROADMATCH MONARCH .

    WHY YOU GRUDGING V FOR ? TIFFFFFFFFF ! NO TIE! TOO MUCH BOBOL . They mess Chess and now Our V V. Investigate the asssssssssssssssociation……………………resign……….! Last Mati!

  21. televangelists are false prophets
    March 8, 2017

    who the hell cares? calypso is nonsense music.

    • LifeandDeath
      March 8, 2017

      Wow!!!…An appalling Statement. Reading can severely damage your ignorance..

      • televangelists are false prophets
        March 9, 2017

        How does reading change my view on calypso? unless you were referring to yourself? i am not sure. Many people think Rap music or hardcore Dancehall is rubbish. Why cant i have my own opinion? What? Im expected to love it just because Im Dominican? or the genre composition is part of our cultural tradition? nope. my opinion still stands LifeandDeath. You can accept or kick rocks really. your decision is neither here nor there to me.

  22. marie-claire R Skerrit
    March 8, 2017

    These people are full of it. SMH you all killing the culture. Lady V is the true road match winner. Show us the score sheet of tie. You see this nonsense happening in Trinidad and other countries. It’s time for a change Dominica. These so call people in charge are killing our culture. Give lady V her sole title no dam Tie.

    Her next year follow-up should be de tie.

  23. Thomian
    March 8, 2017

    well those soukouyants were really out this carnival……tie, tie, tie…… what a mess…

  24. Thomian
    March 8, 2017

    so dummmmmm and highly impossible. Give Sye his dues…..

  25. Actors and Actresses
    March 8, 2017

    Pure joker’s in this country. No more cause DNO fasting and not moderating

  26. viewsexpressed
    March 8, 2017

    Good idea. Joint winners.

  27. Ebong
    March 8, 2017


  28. Lol
    March 8, 2017

    The cartoon characters are grudging Sye.the only tie there is ,is in the calypso association

  29. Lol
    March 8, 2017

    Boss observer I know u as an individual is trying ur best to be fair however the association which you are speaking for and on behalf is definitely not fair. If the yardstick for the road match title is the most played calypso on the two specific days of jump up then why the tie.u said it with ur own mouth Sye song catch up on the two days of jump up then obviously it was the most played song on the road despite the lack of calypsos being played on the road my brother. ..come on man. ..Sye is definitely the winner of this title. Give it to the man.but I know the “powers”behind the scenes are deciding who gets the title but is so it is in a little banana republic as ours these humble opinion is that the entire calypso association is a TIE and should be go.

  30. Toto
    March 8, 2017

    A fudge, for political expediency, which is never satisfactory. Oh well, whoevever pays the piper calls the tune, but this kind of foggy thinking kills the spirit of carnival.

  31. ikNoWs
    March 8, 2017

    Utter Rubbish

  32. MUDD
    March 8, 2017

    You Lie

  33. Likeme ornot
    March 8, 2017

    Observer, I a a bit confused here with how this decision for road March Title came about. I know that in the past, the criteria set for Road March Title was the calypso that was played the most on both Monday and Tuesday (the carnival jump up days) I have just read that you consider the song of Lady V because it was the most popular calypso for the season. So on what criteria did the DCA make the decision to award the title to two calypsonians? Please enlighten me.

    • Tjebe fort
      March 8, 2017

      Boy, they must have consulted the oracle of Itassi, who probably thought he would play Solomon and gave advice that pleases no one. They can say what they like but Sye won the march. Brilliant, biting lyrics with a catch y beat, just as carnival should be. Makes me smile when I think about it, oh yes!

  34. LetMyWordsDropPLEASE
    March 8, 2017

    Dem Stardom/Labourite People Like To TIE PEOPLE!!!!

  35. NYPD
    March 8, 2017

    That song makes no sense but I must say it’s stuck in my head from hearing it so many times. lol Not a song I would play but I was hearing it all over Dominica during the carnival.

  36. Concerned
    March 8, 2017


  37. Concerned Dominican
    March 8, 2017

    This is unfair! Why the tie Dominica Calypso Association? Allu need to do better than that. The title belongs to Lady V. Where SYE coming in? I never heard his song.

    • Anonymous
      March 8, 2017

      Well, you could not have been at the road march could you and that is what this competition is all about, not who’s song was more popular all season. they changed the rules just to please some big wigs, that do not appreciate social comment. pure cochonee.

  38. Dasheen
    March 8, 2017

    What are the rules for Road March? I thought it was the dominant song on the 2 days of carnival. If so then Sye is the clear winner. Did the rules change? Have we always considered the song played for the entire season instead of the road? Please give us some more details here.

  39. Rocky Hills
    March 8, 2017

    Again it shows how Dcans are they will always remain at back end..

    when one takes a look at today’s da, nothing is done in a highly professional manner, just look at the Police force…a lying institution…plus a deceiving Regime…..

    so the Kaiso situation is nothing new it’s a culture of mediocrity that flourishes in DA…
    thus Dominica rated as the Poorest and dumbest Caribbean island….

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