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November 22, 2013

Worst thing that ever happened to calypso

Fri Nov 22, 2013

Editor: Allow me space in your newspaper to address some burning issues. First of all, I have to lament on the president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Calypso Association (SVGCA). I can say, without any apology, that Miss Ann Miller is the worst thing that ever happened to calypso, as a president in living memory and that’s a fact. I must say that I am not surprised at her behaviour as president.{{more}}

In November 2011, when she was voted as president, she was asked to make a speech. These were her words. “As a carnival person, I grew up in mas.” She did not mention anything about calypso. As a member of the executive, I’m calling for her resignation. She is a total embarrassment to the Association. Most of the other members of the executive feel the same, but they do not want to come out and say so.

After her presentation at the 2012 Prize giving Ceremony, she should have gotten her marching orders and stuck to what she knows best, which is banking. This is her presentation; readers, you can judge for yourselves. “Honourable Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture Cecil McKie, Senator Elvis Charles, Chairman of CDC Dennis Ambrose, other members of the head table, invited guests, everyone, good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here for the first time, to give thanks to all my calypsonians and all my patrons for having a successful year. In November, when I became president, it was a very scary moment.” (What is that supposed to mean? I don’t know).

Especially being a member of the Up Stage Experience. It was said that since Up Stage cannot run the tent, how are we going to run the Association? And I can say it was run well. Not only did Up Stage Experience run the Association, we saw Up Stage Experience taking all the top titles this year in all the competitions. You may not know that Skinny Fabulous Doyle was a member of the Up Stage. He started right here.

After the calypso preliminaries 2012, she, Ann Miller, went to the CDC office, took the judges’ original score sheets, wrote off the calypsonians’ scores on a piece of paper and left it in the CDC office for calypsonians. If you think that was bad, this year she had calypsonians score sheets either at her home or at her work place. When calypsonians went to the CDC office to see their scores, the staff told them to go to the bank and check Ann Miller. It seems like she wants to be president for life.

Now she is asking members of the executive permission to have a room at her house for an office.

Winston “Chief” Davis