At its general Meeting of Saturday July 03, 2010, members of the St. Lucia Carnival Bands Association voted to adopt a common position regarding the playing of songs with indecent lyrics during the Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday Parade of the Bands. Members of the association, including representatives of Junior Carnival Bands, noted that several songs released during the 2010 season had overstepped the bounds of good taste, good humour and common decency and that many actually contained obscene lyrics.
It was therefore decided that such songs would not be included in the play lists handed to live bands and DJs for public play and live performance on music trucks operated by SLCBA member bands. The actual selection of songs to be excluded from play lists will be decided at the discretion of individual band leaders. This will also influence the selection of artists allowed to perform live on music trucks in the hope of capturing the Road March Title.
While CBA members very much value the strong ties between bands and the music fraternity, the Association hopes that this resolution will send a strong signal regarding the quality of music produced for this season and in the future.
The association is also contemplating a code of conduct for revelers within member bands in an effort to curb excessively indecent behavior on the road. The Association’s collective concern is that carnival should continue to reflect a spirit of revelry, creativity and freedom of expression but that excessive vulgarity should not become the predominant public image of the festival.