Andre Garvey and Associates are demanding their financial rewards for winning the Band of the Year award in Spice Mas 2014.
THE NEW TODAY understands that bandleader, Andre Garvey on Monday rejected a proposal put forward by other bandleaders for the prize monies to be split among the four mas bands.
The first prize is said to be EC$20, 000.00, and $15, 000.00 and $10, 000.00 respectively for the bands placing second and third.
The SpiceMas Corporation had originally announced Commancheros & Associates of St. Paul’s as winning the Band of the Year prize but hours later an error was allegedly detected and the decision was reversed in favour of Andre Garvey & Associates of the Carenage.
Well-placed sources close to the mas bands have blamed the poor quality of judges that were selected for the many blunders that took place in judging the bands as they paraded on the streets.
Monday’s meeting held under the auspices of SpiceMas Corporation involved the four mas bands – Commancheros and Associates, Andre Garvey and Associates, Helen Marie and Associates and Francis Redhead and Associates.
SpiceMas representative, Andre Greenidge told this newspaper that three of the mas bands decided to make the competition null and void because of the problems that are ongoing.
“The mas bands decided to split the money that was designated for fancy mas bands evenly among the competitors and the only mas band that didn’t agree was Andre Garvey and Associates,” Greenidge said.
He pointed out that the Carenage-based band took the position that it would not give up its financial package.
THE NEW TODAY Newspaper contacted two other mas bands managers, Commancheros and Associates and Helen Marie and Associates about the issue on Tuesday
“We were not judged properly,” said Manager of Helen Marie and Associates mas band, Helen Edwards.
“We had three judges on Monday when there were supposed to be four and six on Tuesday when you supposed to have nine”, she remarked.
“We never had that before, as far as I can see everybody is doing what they want – never before have we had two judges in a judging point, there are supposed to be odd numbers, not even numbers in judging,” she said.
Helen Marie and Associates placed third in the competition.
The female bandleader stressed that based on the results given, “there is no clear winner and it can go anywhere.”
Manager of Commancheros and Associates, Lenny Gittens told The New Today Newspaper that he would refrain from making a comment until the matter has been resolved.
However THE NEW TODAY spoke to Andre Garvey and Associates and though Mr Garvey said the issue was still ongoing, he did have a comment on the suggestion that was made to split the prize money.
“If Somebody win a prize that is supposed to be the prize, the other competitors cannot ask the people in charge of the competition to share the prize – that’s just not right,” Garvey explained.
Attempts to contact the manager of Spice Mas Corporation for a comment on the issue proved futile.
However, THE NEW TODAY understands that a meeting is planned for today (Friday) between Attorney General, Cajeton Hood and SpiceMas Corporation to look at a resolution of the problem.
Speculation is rife that at least one mas band was exploring the possibility of taking court action to get a high court judge to adjudicate on the matter.