The former Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Dr Donna Hunte-Cox wants a greater focus on national building in this the 50th year of Barbados’ Independence.
And she has called specifically on local artistes to unlock what she sees as a dormant aspect of Barbadian culture by penning more songs, both in and out of the main festival Crop Over.
“Even at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts [NIFCA] we don’t get a lot of compositions happening,” lamented Hunte-Cox, who is now this island’s Consul General to New York.
“We see more song writers at Crop Over writing calypsos and soca etcetera, but at NIFCA, where we have the development aspect of it, we are not seeing a lot of compositions and that is something that I would like to see happen more so,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Hunte-Cox argued that artistes should take pride in who they are by “composing songs and coming up with music to these lyrics that really celebrates who we are.
“That is not really happening, I would like to see that happening more,” she emphasized.
The former NCF head also called on the authorities to put measures in place to help talented young Barbadians protect their intellectual property rights.
“Give more training to our young people. They are already creative but . . . we have a lot of people developing Apps for their phones and coming up with graphic arts and we have to show them how they can protect their intellectual property.
“I think that’s something that we need to do from early,” said Hunte-Cox, who also highlighted the need for artistes to get training in financial management. (FW)