Calling all upcoming Bajan Female Artists
It is time for another season of Honey Jam!
The annual developmental programme for young female artistes will be holding auditions this Saturday at Dome Mall, Warrens St Michael from 4 p.m.
The programme, now in its eighth year, has housed some of the island’s best vocal powerhouses such as Nikita, Larix, Rhea Layne, Faith Callender, Adaeze, Ch’an, Kristen, Nicovia, Debbie Reifer, Vanessa Bongo, Leigh Phillips, Isobella Burnham, Tabitha and Chrissy D.
The artistes, selected by the judging panel of ten seasoned music representatives, will attend a series of workshops including songwriting, vocals and performance. Their tenure will climax with the thrilling multi-genre Honey Jam concert on November 17 which will feature Honey Jam alumni and new artistes.
Honey Jam founder, Ebonni Rowe, told Bajan Vibes that she was extremely pleased with the success of the programme which continues to foster young musical talent. Rowe indicated that the judging panel which includes Mahalia, Faith Callender, Adaeze, Barry Hill, Vayne, Paul Husbands, Andre Clarke, Island Levvy, JJ Poulter, and Caroline Reid will be looking for rare individuals with star quality.
“I want to see artists who can command the stage, who have vocal talent, who can make any song their own and the ability to connect with the audience and leave them wanting more. I want to see a variety of genres, interesting fusions. I want to see artists take some creative risks and set themselves apart, be original and unique,” she disclosed.
Having nurtured the Honey Jam movement since 1995 in Canada, Rowe stressed that the local entertainment sector needed further investment by Government and artistes needed to take control of their own destiny as well.
“There are so many things that should be done, starting with the artists honing and perfecting their craft and having the talent, work ethic, passion and drive, the ‘by any means necessary’ mentality to do the work that’s necessary, to always be learning everything they can, being open to advice and constructive criticism, having a clear vision of who they are, what they want to achieve in the industry and what they are willing to do to achieve their goals,” Rowe said.
“[It] is also required by law that radio stations play a large percentage of Canadian artists. It would be great to see Barbadian artists receive a lot more support and everyone should lobby for that to happen and for promises made to be kept. However, no one who wants to achieve anything in life should wait around for someone else to do something for them. At the end of the day, you chart your own destiny, are responsible for your life and have to figure out how to get where you want to go no matter what obstacles or challenges present themselves,” she added.