King Zachari berates festival commissioners for changes to carnival shows

King Zacari 2017 Monarch

Reigning Calypso Monarch King Zachari has been critical of the Festivals Commission for changes to the carnival which sees calypso moving from the Sunday to the Friday.

He has labeled members of the commission who took the decision as “stupid” and says it was done to spite calypsonians.

“Them so want stifle the voice of a calypsonian,” he told Pointe FM

The monarch added, “them smart lakka some cocks.”

He said many people already planned their travels to arrive in Antigua on Friday anticipating that the Calypso Monarch Competition will be on Sunday.

He says the changes now mean many visitors won’t see the calypso show.

“People will leave wherever they come from on a Friday evening land in Antigua, go to the soca monarch on a Saturday and calypso on Sunday,” Zachari said.

He told radio listerns that the decision was driven by greed.

“You know the whole thing why they did this, they looking for gate receipts. Carnival never make no profit. carnival never have no profit,” the king said.

He said the changes will also mean bad for the soca artists.

“What they do is sabotage them own soca show because there is a fete them soca people have to attend to on the same Sunday morning.”


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  1. King… The Calypso competition have lost it’s popularity along time ago, mainly due to selfishness and nearsighted ness of some Calypsonians. You should first examine your self and not the organizers. Changes are needed. It may bring back the fans.

  2. Since when people book tickets to travel to another country to attend a show, without first knowing what date the show they coming for is schedule to take place. Changes is needed and people like you keep trying to crippled the festival because it’s not going how you want it to be. You’ll surely be dethroned this year.

  3. The time u ah waste ah cuss festival comission y don’t u and so many other calypsoians go produce better and more humours songs so u can actually atrract people to come to attend the show. The show is on life support as it stands no cause u so called artist not performing

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