The Reigning Calypso Monarch is blasting the Spice Mas Cooperation (SMC) as a most unprofessional entity; as he lays blame on the shoulder of the cooperation for his none appearance at last Sunday’s Melody Papitet semi finals in St Andrews.
Kayon Roberts told informer’s inside Carriacou and Petite Martinique that he was very appalled and upset when he was told that his name was called three times to appear at Sunday’s Semi finals. In a tone of growing frustration and disappointment he further pointed out that he was directed to youtube to look at the semi finals video and what he saw made him angry.
“ The MC called Kayon Roberts going once, going twice and for the final time going three times” said the sister isles calypso monarch.
Following this he said the stage manager confirmed that he was absent. Roberts noted that he was further shocked when he saw on the Spice Mas Cooperation website where he was down to appear in position number eleven (11) and that there were a listing of the songs he was down to render.
“They had Kayon Roberts singing – Who is a Patriot -- and --look on the bright side.
“ Like these People selected songs for me to sing?” he questioned in shock.
“I wasn’t even informed about the dipping much less to hear my name was called for a position to grace the stage."
“I don’t know about those songs. The only song I knew is –The need for Love—which is what gave me the title at the Carriacou Demanche Gras in February” said a puzzled Roberts.
He says that no one took the opportunity to contact him with the protocols for appearing at the semi finals.
I don’t know if I had to practice with a band and what were the procedures” added the Calypso Monarch who debuted in competition this year.
Roberts pointed out that the Spice Mas Cooperation seems unaware of the dynamics and sacrifices that are required for artists coming from the sister isles. Against this he says is why there must be a better and more professional form of communication.
Asked if he had attempted to contact the cooperation, Roberts said he didn’t as he was awaiting their information. He added that the situation has provided him with some form of embarrassment as scores of his fans have been contacting him and asking what went wrong that had led to his none appearance at the semi finals.
This he believes should give rise to the need for the Spice Mas Cooperation to set up a desk on the sister isles during the festive season to handle all carnival matters relating to Spicemas.
Efforts to contact head of the Calypso at Spice Mas Cooperation, Aiesha Antoine proved futile.
Several of the artists from the sister isles had complained heavily this year of the challenges to get registered for the various genres of competition on the mainland.