Come clean!

Bandleaders want full disclosure of Kiddies results

The Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) is calling for a formal investigation into the results of last weekend’s Junior Kadooment contest, following objections raised by some of the bandleaders.

Last Saturday 25-year-old Kevin Small walked away with the coveted Best Junior Band award for his Fifth Element band, Candy Land 246, beating out veteran bandleaders Gwyneth Squires and Trevor Nicholls, who had to settle for second and third place respectively, despite capturing most of the category prizes.

Budding bandleader Sanka Price also captured a number of category prizes with his Blackbird Productions band A Living Legend and His Music – A Tribute to the Mighty Gabby.

However, since last weekend’s event some of the bandleaders have expressed surprise over the result while calling on the organizers to explain how the decision was reached.

Squires has also threatened to take the matter to court if necessary.

After meeting with members of his association on Monday night, BAM President Chetwyn Stewart, who was only made aware of the situation after he returned to the island on Sunday, told Barbados TODAY it was decided that a formal letter of complaint would be lodged with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) requesting an official investigation, given that some bandleaders received a number of awards but still could not place in the Best Junior Band competition.

“We just need to understand how it works. There should be some clarity to it. I don’t think it is asking too much to see how they arrived at the winner. I think that is straightforward. I don’t see why it should be an issue,” Stewart said.

While acknowledging there was a point system in place, Stewart said it was now a matter of “just looking and seeing how the points were given” with a view to determining “who should have won and who shouldn’t have won.

“The rule apparently is clear that it is an aggregate of points so the person with the most points should win,” he stressed.

Small’s Fifth Element, which had six sections and 221 masqueraders, was not only adjudged Best Junior Band, but also won the prize for Most Colourful masquerade band.

However, Squires’ larger band, which portrayed Kites at De Garrison Savannah, captured the Junior King and Best Flag Person awards, while Nicholls’ Young Spirit Community Group band Colour Me Crop Over captured the Community Costume, Fantasy and BMA Brands of Barbados awards. He also placed second in the Environmental category while Price’s band won in the Folklore, Tropical and Historical categories.

In light of the controversy, Small, who secured his third win in four years and who has been participating in the competition for the past 11 years, told Barbados TODAY on Monday that he was somewhat disappointed with the position taken by his fellow bandleaders, given that in the past he had walked away with more awards than others who had won the competition.

“I don’t judge myself, I am a participant in the competition. None of us is sure what the judges are looking for at any given time. For me, I gave it my best, I came out and delivered a fantastic presentation in my eyes and the people looking on enjoyed it totally and I achieved a goal.

“I am a little disappointed in my fellow bandleaders because there have been years gone when I would have been placed second and I would have probably walked away with a few more prizes than the person who would have walked away the winner, and I for sure did not keep any noise,” he said.

When contacted Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer of the NCF Cranston Browne said he could not comment publicly on the matter at this stage because there was a process of arbitration that must be followed.

“The rules for Junior Kadooment make provisions for a process of arbitration to resolve any matter in dispute or requiring clarification by the participants in the competition. The band leaders are well aware of this process and have sought arbitration on issues in the past. They are also aware that they can submit their concerns in writing, in a sealed envelope and address it to The Arbiter, the National Cultural Foundation,” the NCF said in a subsequent statement in which it noted that the aggrieved bandleaders intended to file an official objection to the NCF.

“Until such time and until an arbitration process is complete, we are unable to comment on this matter,” it added.

35 Responses to Come clean!

  1. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts August 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Losers ,Enough said.

  2. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry August 3, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Hott mess

  3. Hewers of wood August 3, 2017 at 3:38 am

    If you lost except defeat. You can’t win all the time.

  4. Alex Alleyne August 3, 2017 at 4:21 am

    POLITICS…………..all the way.

  5. Carol Hoyte
    Carol Hoyte August 3, 2017 at 4:25 am


  6. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch August 3, 2017 at 6:17 am

    In life u can’t win all the time other people has to win for years she won so I don’t see y someone else can’t win this is call selfishness

  7. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain August 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    But why Gwyneth Squires?

  8. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard August 3, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Let the by gone be by gone and move on

  9. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes August 3, 2017 at 7:31 am


  10. Sylvie August 3, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The history of Kadooment will show that many a year the band leader who is now making noise was always given the top prizes even though others should have won . The time has now come for young talent to be properly rewarded.5th Element keep up the good work! creativity at its best!You won fairly! Ignore the detractors and keep producing beautiful, imaginative, and absolutely creative bands!

  11. Angela August 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

    You can’t will all the time because you are a veteran.

  12. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott August 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I was going to ask the same question but u be at me to it….lol

  13. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott August 3, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Gwenith Squires you cannot be a winner all the time u have to lose sometimes… gtf outta hey

  14. Divine Ingrid Johnson
    Divine Ingrid Johnson August 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This is so petty..Gweneth was raking in all the wins for years even when other bands should have won…why make a fuss you can’t win all…stupess..

  15. Dee Barrow
    Dee Barrow August 3, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Wth?! Lady, you lost. Suck it up. You can’t win every year.

  16. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman August 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Gweneth squires talking because she didn’t win if she did win she wouldn’t talk foolishness

  17. Ras Small
    Ras Small August 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Especially now dat da geeing way a car fah designing/depicting feathers & skin.

  18. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones August 3, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Soooooooooooo…..De judges’ decision is no longer final???? Great example for de kids. Stupse.

  19. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain August 3, 2017 at 8:49 am

    If he did won a car….that would done de show lolol

  20. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner August 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I do not know or have any affiliation with Kevin small but but a big hearty congratulations to you I have seen your costumes for the four years always something fresh do not let this break your spirit
    Now to these sore losers when said person was winning yr after yr no one said she shouldn’t win it was no surprise there
    The year another band leader beat her she parade and kick up….
    There was a yr Kevin won a lot of prizes but didn’t win the overall title and as he rightfully disclosed he didnt fuss
    It’s a judging system
    There are individual categories so you can win prizes in each category it doesn’t say that you will come out being the best overall band
    Mr Small did not judge himself the judges know what they looking for
    You may have a right to an enquiry but some of your winnings were also questionable and no one did be graceful and move along
    Kevin Small next year i going in your band
    Fresh. . New and creative costumes and concepts not tired looking ones
    No wonder people opt for swimsuits
    Instead of fighting now because a car at stake that should be an incentive to come up with something 10 times better to beat out Mr Small……Happy Cropover instead of controversy

  21. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner August 3, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Bhahahahahaha i dead

  22. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain August 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

    To the other band leaders who are having an issue with the judges decision…..why it is when Gwyneth Squires alledgedly win every year no one speaks out? But I guess who ” the cat like he does lick and who it don’t like, it does scratch”. #hmmmm

  23. Pat BB
    Pat BB August 3, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Ur a big blasted child, it ain’t good to b so damn greedy u can’t win every yr, somebody else have to get some too….looka u just being immature and ridiculous….
    D longest road have an end.

  24. Shauna Layne
    Shauna Layne August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Year before she say she done,its about time she give someone a chance.Some people so greedy

  25. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier August 3, 2017 at 9:54 am

    F… Off Gwyneth you believe that you should win every thing every year

  26. Milli Watt August 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

    and a child shall lead them…………….this is a good example to set for the youngsters. Keep it up!

  27. Valerie Cecelia
    Valerie Cecelia August 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I find that persons are missing the real point here. If it is true that other bands won in more categories it is reasonable to question why a band winning less categories won overall. I do not have any facts but I am just asking? I have preference to no one. I would only be interesting in fair judging tabulation of points

  28. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar August 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    stupse when you win every year no one does protest woman sit ya ass down young man take a bow job well done

  29. Adonna Maynard
    Adonna Maynard August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

    It’s true till now

  30. Tessa Trotman
    Tessa Trotman August 3, 2017 at 11:38 am

    thank God some one else win look somebody give them two a bottle a milk . always complaining

  31. Clyde Edey
    Clyde Edey August 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Why Gweneth Squires don’t sit her tired behind down and let young blood prevail.

  32. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney August 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Yes it has has to be she cause only a win is fa she n nobody else blasted sore loser she sickening

  33. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney August 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Only she is to win all d time #canttakedefeat

  34. Kathy August 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Chetwyn Stewart never happy about anything. Every single year he does find something to complain about and threaten to withdraw from mas but yet he still coming every year. You know what wrong with them they too greedy. Gwyneth should be the last person complaining, winning every year even when others are the clear winners. The two of them need to take a seat.

  35. Samantha Walker August 8, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    There would be no confusion “if” there was more openness with everything…..Whenever people are involved in competition, in relationships, anything involving money….complete openness is required to avoid any confusion. These things are learned in school, “EVERYONE IS BORN EQUAL”…..Its Basics


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