Instead of using technology to their advantage, some local artistes are using it to create fast food music.
And he has refused to join the line.
Musical “living legend” Anthony Gabby Carter made the assertion during a public lecture at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last evening. The lecture was a part of e-create Barbados, this year’s cultural industries symposium and showcase, which started on Tuesday.
“Machel is a very good performer; [a] first class, fantastic performer with no songs. Which one of his songs is as [Sugar Bum Bum] or… Sparrow?
It does not have the longevity and the legs to take us 10, 15 years down the road,” the outspoken calypsonian, composer and folk musician stated emphatically.
“I think that they making fast food songs. Songs that are good today, energetic to dance and enjoy and then asking what you coming with next year.”
The nine-time Pic-o-de-Crop winner said technology gave musicians the ability to advance and enhance their music. However, it was being abused by the musically unskilled who cooked up a “demo” at home.
“Then he takes it to a DJ who doesn’t know any better and decides this is a recording and he gets airplay… Then he goes to a Calvacade and wonders why the people are not jumping up for him but he is convinced he had a hit.”
He urged up-and-coming artistes to take time to create their music, placing “heart” and feelings into the work. In addition, Carter said he believed the future of local music would lie in creating “first class recordings.”
“You may have 12 good songs, but you may not have the money to do 12 good recordings. Take the time and do one great recording. You may be able to finance the others from that one great recording; but that one can help you support the others. Nobody likes to hear trash. Bajans will support you once but when you come back? Not at all.”
Beyond the recordings, Carter was of the opinion that patrons lacked enthusiasm once displayed in calypso tents because the music was no longer up to form. He has also envisaged a revival of spouge in Barbados, a genre which has declined in interest over the years.
“I don’t see it as being a death, I see it as being a stagnation or dormancy where spouge is concerned, because you have now people are seeking for many different things but at some point they will see who they are,” Carter said to applause from the audience, which included past music promoters, artists and cultural stakeholders. (LW)