There is a call for more local music to be played in Barbados, especially as Barbadians celebrate their 50th anniversary of Independence this year.
This from chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Brown. He was addressing those gathered at the CD launch of the song My Island Of Dreams by Ian Webster, Smokey Burke and Colin Spencer at Tiami Catamaran Cruises, Shallow Draught, Bridgetown, today.
“We want to put out a call to radio stations and deejays to really give more airplay of local music . . . . I believe it is written somewhere that there should be 60 per cent local music on the airwaves, but I would like to see that raised,” Browne said.
“We tend to only get local music in July and August, and then again in November; and that is usually soca or calypso . . . . There is a lot more music to be played,” Browne argued.
He urged all to take a listen to the song My Island Of Dreams and to become familiar with it.
Burke said it was an honour to remake such a great song, originally done by Barbadian June Knight in the 1970s, and that he was looking forward to doing more.
“Many great songs were remade and this one had to be done. We love it, and we are hoping everyone else does too. We are appealing to all ages with this one; not just
the older folks,” Burke remarked.
Spencer said the collab among the three had come after their singing it together last Christmas, and they knew they had to record it. The song has been making the rounds on the airwaves and is now available on CD, although not yet for purchase.
Some copies were handed out to customers of Tiami during the day.