Chutney Soca Monarch 2014 is on the verge of being cancelled as Southex Promotions chief executive officer George Singh says Government has not allocated any money towards prizes.
Already facing a debt of $3.2 million dollars from the 2013 competition, Singh said the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism has not provided the funds necessary to pay artistes nor have they issue any official statement on whether there will be sponsorship.
In a press conference at his Independence Avenue, San Fernando office yesterday, Singh said that in 18 years the competition existed, prize monies have always come from Government. With the semifinals just two weeks away, Singh has withheld the names of the ...view middle of the document...
What we got in 2013 did not even cover the prize money for Chutney Soca Monarch. I have asked artistes to bear with me, there are service providers that still have not been paid and we are going into 2014.
“To date, I don’t know what is happening with the funding for Chutney Soca Monarch for 2014. I really called this press conference this morning because we are two weeks away from our semi finals. This morning I was supposed to release the 35 names of the semifinalists and I have deliberately not released those names because I will like to know what is going on with the funding for Chutney Soca Monarch.”
Chutney king Samraj “Ricki Jai” Jaimungal, who celebrates 25 years as an artiste this year, said governments around the work value the contribution of culture towards their nations’ development. He said there was no price to culture and if Chutney Soca Monarch fell apart, there will be a void that would be hard to fill.
“Like a good father and a good mother, the Government has to really assist artistes and institution like Southex, soca monarchs and those who venture into promoting culture because there is no price to that. There is no price on artistic development, on keeping youths off the streets and...