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King: One-song stays


Donna Sealy

King: One-song stays

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THE ONE-SONG Pic-O-De-Crop final, which was introduced this year, will be staying.There are no buts, ifs or maybes in Minister of Culture John King’s mind about that.

And he wants the calypsonians to enter and “bring everything”.

“It will stay because it is important that we build back the crowds that we used to get in the 1980s. And you can’t effect change by doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That, as everyone knows, is a prognosis for madness,” he said, reinforcing what the chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation Carol Roberts-Reifer said recently.

King told the NATION in an interview that this year, more people attended the finals at Kensington Oval after declining numbers in recent years.

“This year they’ve had the biggest increase in audience attendance for the finals in a number of years. We have the statistics, and even just being there and looking at it, anyone could see. I’ve been saying this for many years. The only singing competition in the world I’ve heard of where the competitor has two appearances is a calypso contest. And I asked the question even when I was in it, why? (GBM)

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