Calypsonian Tamika Darius froze proceedings at the Calypso Fiesta program for 30 minutes, to protest of a timing clock discrepancy at the National Calypso Monarch semi-final held at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.
The young bard refused to take the stage unless the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (Tuco) officials agreed reset the clock and allow her to restart her performance.
Even after she was introduced ,Darius, arms folded, stood backstage as the master of ceremonies, the band and officials who were confused tried to find a solution, to the embarrassment.
The issue was that the digital timer on stage was at 2 minutes before the start of her production and rendition. Each contestant is allowed eight minutes. The situation was eventually rectified and she performed her rendition of ‘Long before Jouvert’.
There were also technical microphone difficulties for a few other participants.
Forty contestants vie for places in the Calypso Monarch finals this coming Thursday,