THREE TOP CALYPSONIANS say they are against any efforts to merge the Party Monarch and the Sweet Soca competitions.
Since 2009, the two contests have been held separately under the banner of Soca Royale, one of Crop Over’s biggest events, but the future of Party Monarch, which has a tempo that’s much quicker than Sweet Soca, has come under scrutiny because of declining entries.
Cranston Browne, the chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), hinted recently at a possibility of a merger that would effectively be a return to the original format. Sweet Soca was added as a category eight years ago as a consequence of its then growing popularity.
But Red Plastic Bag, TC and Edwin are not keen on the fusion idea. (TG)
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