Monday 24 February, 2020

Kees on Road March judging: it should be song played most on the road

This was the photo Kees Dieffenthaller posted on IG as he called for the Road March to be the song most played on the road.

This was the photo Kees Dieffenthaller posted on IG as he called for the Road March to be the song most played on the road.

Kees Dieffenthaller is calling for the Road March to reflect the song that is played most on the road.

In a post to Kes the Band’s Instagram today, the Savannah Grass singer, whose sing placed second in the Road March but won in the hearts of many, is calling for a change to the system.

“Throughout the years of experiencing carnival as a creator and a spectator, it has been clear to many, that this year, the "Song of the road" is different to the "Song of the Stage ". From my knowledge, 'Road March' is a title that is given to the song of the season, Sparrow's - Jean and Dinah, Shadow-Bassman, Wayne Rodriguez-footsteps, and Machel - Like a Boss to name a few. But somewhere along the way, what we hear on the stage has been pre-determined, not by the people, but by those who control the judging points,” he wrote.

Dieffenthaller said while they’ve never based their success on titles and are very grateful that 'Savannah Grass' has transcended beyond any competition, it's purpose, however, is to shed light on the system, and ways in which the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and the Trinbago Unified Calypso Organisation (TUCO) can evolve in these times so that the Song of Carnival can be just that.

“Road March should be the song played most on the road in general. Not just the stage and there are groups already collecting this sort of data. The truth of Carnival is one of the few things we have left as a people. Let's give it back to the people, where it belongs,” he said.

Do you think Road March should be determined by song played most on the road (not just the stage)?

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In a statement issued on Ash Wednesday following the announcement of ‘Famalay’ as the Road March winner, Dieffenthaller said 'Savannah Grass' "was created as a dedication to the culture of our amazing twin-island nation and further serves as a dedication to the memory and the legacy of our dearly departed father, George ‘Bunny’ Dieffenthaller. To be included and considered as a possible Road March of the people was an amazing scenario and an additional blessing that we could not have anticipated or prepared for in advance.”

He congratulated Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Bunji Garlin on their win, stating that “together we have provided the people, the festivals and the region with an awesome soundtrack to celebrate Caribbean culture with throughout the coming year.”


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