Promoters of this weekend's Leggz Reloaded Carnival Fete have lashed back at criticism that bringing a Jamaican artiste to perform at their event is an offense to Antigua's Carnival celebrations.
They were responding to recent comments in the media.
Doyle Carter of Antz Nest Promotions said people need to wake up and get with the times as Carnival over the past 10 years is going through a natural momentum of change with little that anyone can really do about it.
He said the decision to bring Konshens, one of the leading Jamaican dancehall DJs presently, was merely an effort to stay ahead of the game in a soca fete market that is steadily becoming saturated.
He said patrons pay their money to have a good time and Antiguans have extremely discriminating tastes.
"You've just got to provide the best for them and that is all we are trying to do – give them the best for their money so they can leave our event thoroughly satisfied. That's the nature of the business right now, ask any promoter out there," Carter said.
"Music is music and to place a dancehall act on the same stage with a soca act is not in any way an attempt to stomp on our culture. Hopefully, the artistes will make use of the opportunity to gain from the presence of an international act on the same stage," he added.
Carter further stated that demographically, Antigua & Barbuda is very much a multi-cultural society and there is absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out to everyone during a national celebration.
The Leggz soca fete will be taking place tomorrow at Millers by the Sea. Konshens joins a line-up of soca artistes, including Rupee and Blood of Square One fame from Barbados as well as Jashan Hughes and the Chezecake Factory and Tian Winter. Bringing the house down will be the Burning Flames.
Music hosts and DJ's on the night will be Supa Dymond and Wooden Foote.