There is a serious issue of how much appearance or prize money is given to the soca artiste in the competition and I will address it shortly but my initial hint about my uncertainty towards Soca Monarch was Never about “Boycotting” anything. It was more about my personal and internal debate on if the stress and financial strain of preparing for such an event alongside my Kids Fair and Black Rave project was worth it. Another discouraging factor is how aggressive fans of fireman and skinny have become towards each other. I hate the tribalism. I hate the Gully vs Gaza factor. To like fireman in some persons minds is to hate Skinny and vice versa. I do not wish to perpetuate this destructive mindset because in the end we are all one nation and one people fighting to make our mark in the caribbean and the world where music is concerned.
Fireman and I recognize the efforts of the CDC to manage and improve carnival and all its components and I am in no way trying to undermine anybody’s work or rally a movement against any organization. I see and acknowledge the challenges they face especially with reduced funding. However we are asking that the same level of acknowledgement be given to the soca acts who spend their time effort and money to pull off the greatest show on earth.
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