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Editor’s note:This post was written by Simone Senhouse of caivideos – YouTube, Dominica Style.

The question on everyone’s mind this Carnival season is will calypso survive without the talents of Daddy Chess, Dice and Pat Aaron. By now we have all heard that Daddy Chess will be representing Dominica in Trinidad during our Carnival season. There is also much talk about Dice and Pat Aaron not participating in this year’s calypso competition.

Will calypso survive without the talents of two of our top Calypsonians? Is this the beginning of the end of the high caliber of song writing and performance we have gotten used to? If you are like me, you were already in high anticipation of hearing the new songs. With at $20,000 grand price going to the winner, the expectations for this year’s competition was definitely high.

Well maybe this is not all bad news. The opportunity may now be ripe for up and coming composers and performers to come out of the shadows and display their talents. This might also be a good time to provide incentives to these talented people to encourage them to step out of the shadow and to make their mark.

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Dennison “Dice” Joseph, the tri-peat Calypso King, has learned his lesson well. In 2007 he failed to become the only person in the history of Dominica to win the calypso crown four successive times because he made serious flaws in his on-stage presentation. In a recently interview with The Sun Newspaper “Dice” told the Newspaper:

I made my mistake already. It’s their turn because I go through that already. The fear now is for the other that never experienced it before. I did not lose the crown. Something happen. It’s an understanding I had to get. It’s not that I did what I had to do and somebody beat me. I made my mistake

The great thing about Dice, despite his mistake in the 2007 calypso finals, his mission was to represent the youth in calypso, which was fulfilled in 2007 when many young person took part in the competition. Once again veteran calypso writer Pat Aaron has produced another masterpiece for Dice for the 2008 Dominica Carnival calypso season called “Roll De Diced”. Come on! take a chance Roll de Dice and see. 😀

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