With the Barbados Music Awards just hours away, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley calls for further development of the cultural industries in Barbados.
Speaking at a song crafting seminar by Destinee Entertainment, held at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Minister Lashley stated, “I happen to believe that the cultural industry sector combined with sports hold the best hope for Barbados in transforming our economy and propelling growth in our economy – that is my view.”
The Minister expressed his desire to use the Cultural Industries Act to propel the cultural industry and the economy of Barbados.
“The Act was the government’s signal of indicating to the rest of the creative community of Barbados, that we are serious about ensuring that the project industries can take its rightful place within the context of reinvigorating the economy.”
Minister Lashley explained that he believed that by using “emerging sectors” such as culture, Barbados would be able to “find its way out of a very long and hard recession”.
“This initiative [S2016] is critical … in relation to where I want to see the entire music sector go [to another level] in Barbados, within the context of a strengthened cultural industries,” remarked the Minister.
He also advised those songwriters present to develop a business oriented approach when it came to their music, arguing that the development of the industry laid not only on Government alone.
“In Barbados, we have to become more focused in terms of how we transform what we do in relation to the development of music and the greenness of music into more business savvy initiatives,” Lashley said.
“Music is an important element of how we are going to transform and reinvigorate our cultural industries sector in order for this to happen . . . it requires all clearance in the various genres of cultural expression.”
The song crafting seminar also referred to as S2016, was held in preparation for the National Song Writing Competition that is to be held in April 2016.
Also in attendance, host Anthony “Admiral” Nelson, stressed on the importance of song crafting, saying “If you got good lyrics and you don’t have good melodies, there will be nothing attractive about the song.
“The one thing you remember about a song is the la la la.”(KK)
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