KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 13, IWN — Calypsonians struggling for a topic to sing about for Vincy Mas 2013 has been given a suggestion.
They might want to consider singing about Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves’ raising the US$80 million needed to complete the Argyle international airport this year.
“I am asking the fellas who singing calypso, … this is a subject for them. … They say that Ralph couldn’t get the 80 million but De Comrade get it. They say it not possible but De Comrade get it,” Gonsalves told Parliament on Monday.
“I don’t know how the chorus going go, or how the road march going go, but I giving them a subject,” the Prime Minister further said, in an apparent light-hearted comment, while explaining how the US$80 million is to be raised.
“I [am] giving them a subject. They could play it J’ouvert but, if it ain’t Soca Monarch, this is on the road; this is a Road March tune, this is a road march tune. And, if it happens, I bring a band and I invite everybody in Parliament to be part of that band.
“Together now! And let us live together, let us live wonderfully, because, if you do that, you might be able to take the airport off the table as a discussion item for the next contest. But if you continue to oppose it, it might be a discussion item and people will punish those who were standing askance to it and embrace those who had the foresight,” he further said.
The EC$652 million airport is schedule to be completed this year and to become operational by 2014.
But Gonsalves on Monday reiterated that work might go on into the early months of 2014.
He said the money is to be raised from loans, sales of state lands, and the transfer of departure taxes to the International Airport Development Company, which is responsible for constructing the airport.
Vincy Mas 2013 is slated for June 28 to July 9.
The calypso semi-finals are scheduled for June 21 and the finals of July 7.