by Kimberley Cummins
Avoiding controversy at Crop-Over, seems as impossible as not avoiding calypso.
This time the disagreement surrounds Kadooment band leaders and their registration in according with National Cultural Foundation rules and deadlines.
Barbados TODAY understands that nine band leaders missed the deadline to register flag person and specific individual of the band. The NCF’s Corporate Communications Specialist, Andre Hoyte, told this newspaper that while he could not release the name of the bands, a large number failed to meet the deadline.
He said the producer of the event advised them that based on the rules they would not be permitted to register beyond the deadline without the full agreement of all band leaders.
“The rules don’t permit us to accept late deadlines, but because it was such a large number, the question was asked whether the others felt this would be possible so we went back to the constituents first. However, we did not have a majority, there was not a 100 per cent agreement, so we have stuck to the rules and so it was unfortunate for those who did not make the deadline,” he said.
One of the band leaders who declined to sign the agreement yesterday was Trevor Chase of Ooutrage. He said he did not sign because as band leaders they came together and created the rules and policies by which they would be governed — and they must now abide by them.
“Unfortunately, it can happen to anybody, last year it happened to us, but we didn’t make any noise about it ?– we took it in stride. So it just happened that it happened to a number of other individuals and because of that I think if we are the persons who sit and put rules in place we got to bite the bullet and appreciate the fact that we made an error and we must come again next year in the spirit of being fair.
“I believe that no one wants to go and tell their masqueraders that they did not meet the deadline, but it I a bitter pill you have to swallow,” he said.
Chase further said he believed they could be a fall out based on the events.
“Some individuals go in for the love of the event, some individuals would go in for the returns they would gain from winning an event. If I am going to put two or three thousand to build a costume knowing that I am not going to get anything for it, I might have second thoughts.
“Probably the purest sort of person who don’t look at the winning would bring the costume because they love the mass but others may not.”
On the other hand, band leader of Ravurz Kadooment band, Lyndon Clarke, described the refusal to sign the agreement by some band leaders as “petty” and “unfair”.
“I think it is unfair;†what for a man he will receive and I believe most of them not sign because they think ‘Well, if they don’t come in and be judged I stand a chance in winning more money or getting more money or something looking like that’.
“That is just my opinion. People feel by not signing it is stating to the others out there ‘You need to be more vigilant in what you are doing and when you are coming forward, you need to be on time’.”
“To me it doesn’t make any sense because somebody miss a particular day that you want to penalise them. They are actually a lot of thing that go on, you are running around and stuff trying to get things organised and you tend to forget sometimes,” he said.
Hoyte said this year there was an increase in prize money for the categories: the winner in the flag person section would receive $1,000, second $600 and third $400. The best individual male and female’s first prize was $5,300, second $3,800 and third $2,300.