Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra’s captain Beresford Hunte said yesterday if bandleaders violate the NCBA rules, then they must pay a penalty.
In a telephone interview, he added: “They cannot blame me. I was not judging. I did not have the show. I followed the rules from beginning to end. We don’t play mas to make a profit. Every single year, for about 50-plus years, we have been playing traditional sailor mas. I used to play mas. Long time ago, pan accompanied masqueraders on the road. ‘’
Hunte made reference to its second place in the National Panorama championships to Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, led by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe.
Hunte said: “Look, we played for Panorama; I did not complain about the winner (Phase II Pan Groove). I feel we won Panorama, too. But I am not complaining. I am not going to any lawyer. We are a disciplined organisation. All Stars’ watchwords are ‘Discipline, Dedication and Magnificence in Performance’. We signed a document that the judges’ decision is final.”
Asked how he felt about bandleaders’ plans to sue, he said: “Let us see what the outcome will be. I can talk for All Stars. But they are two-tongued. I have no comment on their plans to sue.”