The Saint Lucia Calypso Association (SLCA) has said it is working towards the formulation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) as it continues efforts to improve the calypso art form.
According to a press release from the association, this proposed document is a necessity.
The SLCA recently convened its fourth council meeting at which the MOU was discussed.
The SLCA also spoke against what it said is marginalisation and attempt to undermine the association by others.
According to a press release, at the recent meeting, “the council registered disappointment in what they described as “marginalisation” of the various stakeholders responsible for hosting carnival. A delegation is expected to meet with CPMA to pursue this matter and it is expected that a formal request be made this week to meet with ministerial officials on this matter.”
“The association which over the 60-year existence has produced some of the best calypso events,” calypso tent leaders said, adding that “it was clear that attempts are being made to undermine the calypso association. There has not been active engagement of consultation on matters relating to the carnival season for which calypso plays an integral role.”
All calypso tent leaders were present at that meeting. Chairman of the association David Jordan said “this is testimony that all interested parties are taking the necessary steps to ensure their participation for the calypso season.”
Progress reports were presented by the various committees, which included appeals, fundraising and finance and events, public relations committees.
The association said that it will continue with efforts to dialogue with its members.