Calypso lovers across Dominica can look forward to a downscaled 2021 Calypso competition notwithstanding the cancellation of carnival activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is expected to be a one-song competition and to be held virtually with only semi-finals and finals.
“It is my understanding that the executive has decided to facilitate a two-shows competition which will entail calypsonians sending in their recorded songs as there will be no eliminations or quarter-finals, there will only be a semi’s and finals,” Emmanuel Salamat of the Dominica Calypso Association said.
He added, “It won’t be in the traditional format but at the moment we are not living in our usual traditional manner due to the onset of Covid-19”
All the finalists of the last competition will be in the semi-finals along with those picked from the recordings sent in.
Salamat says this will make up 32 calypsonians in the semi-finals where 17 will be chosen to go to the finals in the one song competition.
“This whole format is a one-off competition in the interim and it will not affect the position of the reigning monarch Jaydee who will also be vying to win this crown,” stated Emmanuel Salamat of the Dominica Calypso Association.