Richard Stoute Teen Talent is celebrating its 42nd year of developing the music industry in Barbados. Speaking to the media at the Clement Payne Centre, Richard Stoute stated that despite him not being officially named a cultural ambassador for Barbados he will still continue to invest in the future entertainers of Barbados.
“It really does not matter to me. I am a Cultural Ambassador to my country. I embrace people, I love people, I love my country. I think the more discredit is given against me, it makes me better. So I will continue to do whatever I can to help these young people. I think that we need to be more aware of the weaknesses of our own people and what we can do to help this country instead of how we can destroy each other. We should be looking at how we can help each other on a daily basis,” Stoute said, adding that Richard Stoute Teen Talent plays a pivotal role in the Crop Over festival each year with many of the calypsonians being former contestants of the competition.
“My biggest achievement is seeing that 90 per cent of the entertainment in Barbados has come through this programme. You cannot go anywhere in Barbados and not see a young person who has emerged from this programme.
Looking back at the Edwin Yearwood’s, Alison Hinds and the Rupee’s, Terencia Coward, Adrian Clarke, Classic, iWeb – I mean the whole fraternity is all teen talent. I can say that Crop Over is Teen Talent,” Stoute added.
He also highlighted that entertainment needs to be seen as the driving force behind the tourism sector in Barbados.
“You cannot have a tourism industry without entertainment. Tourism is our major industry so we need to appreciate that entertainment must play a pivotal role in our sphere,” he said.
Addressing his show set to begin on August 12, Stoute said this year the contestant who wins second place will be benefiting from 12 weeks of language services from Rosemarie Layne. (LG)