Cultural Minister senator Norland Cox at a recent weekly post-cabinet briefing, announced that there will be a reduction in the number of acts to participate in the calypso, groovy and soca final competitions for spice mas 2019.
This year there will only be 10 artists in each competition compared to 2018 where 11 participated in the Dimanche Gras, 17 in the soca monarch and 14 in the groovy monarch.
“We believe 10 is a good number,’’ said Cox, as he notified that there have been complaints that the competitions have been lengthy in recent times.
The decision to have the numbers reduced came after a mutual agreement with stakeholders to have the length of the events cut. With the mutual agreement, Cox said that “We believe there should be a quality final, and everybody should be putting out their best.”
Senator Cox also revealed that there will be an increase in the prize money to be received by the top 4 finishers in each competition ranging between 10 and 15 percent.