Five soca artistes, including Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, her husband Ian
'Bunji Garlin' Alvarez, Lalchan Babwah (Hunter), Shurwayne Winchester and Nadia Batson are now discussing legal action against the Caribbean Prestige Foundation
(CPF) for demanding five percent of their winnings at the 2009 International Soca Monarch competitions.
Fay-Ann's manager Ian Pantin yesterday insisted soca artistes were not told about the contract when CPF began the preliminary round of the competition.
'I believe that the papers should be signed way before the artistes mount the stage.
I believe CPF
should not allow the artistes to perform without signing the agreement.
This way there can be no problem in the final analysis,' he
said it was 'ridiculous' that winners were being asked to give back five percent of their prizes, especially since CPF
boasted of profitable gate receipts every year.
Bunji Garlin again said he
was baffled that CPF
has been running the soca competition for 17 years and began asking artistes for a cut of their winnings for the past three years. 'The prize moneys come directly from the Ministry of Culture, therefore it should not be subjected to any kinds of cuts,' Bunji Garlin said.
said, spend more than $100,000 in preparation for the competition and felt CPF
should have sought their views before the start of the competition.
'It is unfair to the artiste who continues to produce good music through the years to be faced with this kind of situation,' he
received five percent less than his
earnings in 2008 and he
did nothing about it then, but he
was not prepared to do so this year.
Ian Pantin, manager of soca artistes Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Hunter, said yesterday that the performers felt betrayed and hoodwinked by the Caribbean Prestige Foundation, producer of the International Soca Monarch Competition.
THE Caribbean Prestige Foundation
(CPF) yesterday accused soca stars Ian
"Bunji Garlin" Alvarez and his wife Fay-Ann Lyons-Alverez of "making inaccurate and disparaging comments about CPF
, both locally and abroad."
However, in an almost immediate response, Ian Pantin, the Alvarez' manager expressed disgust at the situation.
clients were presented with contracts containing the clause agreeing to the five percent deduction of prize money shortly before the show was to go on, and when they had basically given their verbal commitment to perform.
We objected strongly to that kind of negotiating strategy and refused to sign the contract but, agreed orally to do the show on the originally agreed terms and conditions that did not include any deduction from prize money," Pantin
stated, "while it is true we agreed to this type of deduction last year, we did so again after the fact, and on the oral understanding that this was a "one-off" deal, and that it would never happen again.
Frankly, we feel used and abused."
confirmed that his
clients and the CPF
will meet today, to once again try and "iron out the situation".