If you were hoping to have a controversy free Crop Over 2010 you can forget about it, compliments the NCF aka National Cultural Foundation.
Instead of wasting time embarking on matters of cultural development, NCF seems to be quite assiduously seeking to shove proposals down the throats of cultural industries which benefit no one other than themselves and other noncultural entities they are in league with.
I don’t know about you but I for one do not like things being shoved down my throat, so lets take a close look at what’s being shoved.
(1) TEXTING; NCF has proposed they want to take Party Monarch Judging out of the tents and make it a texting competition, so instead of sending judges to see a calypsonian perfecting his stage craft in a tent, they want to listen to cds select who they like and then let the public text to choose who will be Party Monarch finalists.
Why is the NCF so committed to removing Party Monarch from the tents and degrade it to a texting competition? the answer is simple, money. Texting revenues generated are split between NCF and the telecommunications provider.
The calypsonian does not benefit or the Tents but the NCF does, which is what they are all about plus of course the phone company.
While the NCF is meeting with stakeholders and going through the motions as though they are only considering this “texting” change and you are a part of the decision, NCF has already informed sponsors that this change will be happening and also given the impression tent managers and Calypsonians are all in agreement. Sounds like a big fat lie to me.
This system of text voting is lacking in transparency and highly open to manipulation, and I know for a fact in one Caribbean territory a telecommunications provider conspired with parties involved in a competition to influence the result. That could quite easily happen here, don’t you think? Hmm maybe it did, or maybe not.
The range of suggestions being put forward by NCF shows a dearth of any true commitment to the development of calypso culture, they are myopic in scope and will serve only to dilute our festival quality and erode our standards.
It is therefore left to the right thinking cultural practitioners who truly have a love for our art form to sit up and pay attention and not allow these flawed and corrupted proposals to slip through like a thief in the night.
Text me back a response, Boyce has left the building…