~ Registration extended one week ~
PHILIPSBURG:— The Nagico Senior Calypso Competition will be organized by a new group of Calypso enthusiasts for Carnival 2018. Rolando Tobias and Marvin “King Stunky” Dollison of the hit radio program Caribbean classics will organize the show along with Calypso lovers Claudius “Toontje” Buncamper and Cheryl Arnell.
The 2018 Calypso Eliminations will be held on Monday, April 16 and the finals 10 days later on April 26, the night before Jouvert morning jump-up. Both will be held in Carnival Village. The new organisers are still coordinating the event under the auspices of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) but will be handling all aspects of the show preparation, execution, prizes ect.
According to the SCDF, the organisers are very excited to be involved with Carnival’s largest local event in the Village. “Calypso is very important to us and we are very happy that calypso lovers will be organizing it this year. We always try to involve as many Carnival stakeholders as possible in all aspects of Carnival. Tobias, Stunky, a former Calypso Monarch, Toontje, and Cheryl are all Carnival lovers and in particular calypso. They promote the event individually and support it every year. So the event is in good hands,” the SCDF said.
After consulting with the new organisers, the SCDF agreed to extend the registration for Calypsonians for an additional week. As such, Calypsonians are notified that they have until Monday, January 15 to register with the SCDF in order to participate. Calypsonians can register online at www.sxm-carnival.com or visit the SCDF office on Illidge Road (above WIB) before January 15th.
More details about the structure of the shows will be released at a later date.
SCDF Press Release
Source: St. Martin News Network http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-martin-news/28067-new-group-of-calypso-lovers-to-organize-2018-competition.html