Barbadian Music Producer Very Concerned about Comments from the Opposition (BLP) by Rosemary Parkinson
“It often bothers me that people who like to babble on my chosen profession… and art… distort things by making supposedly informed and emphatic statements which are simply not the case… by using words like BEST… GREAT… FANTASTIC… EXCELLENT… where perhaps what’s more accurate would be… OK… GOOD… HAS POTENTIAL… a lot of times even MEDIOCRE despite screams and hollers and hype from those who really don’t know. It does nothing to build…develop or bolster….all things that are desperately needed if we are to raise the profile of Barbadian music from the current junk status. Last night I heard Mia Mottley describe a young songwriter Sanctuary….who does have some potential with quite a way to go….as the BEST song writer Barbados has produced since Lil Rick, Peter Ram and Gabby. Now as a professional musician for 25 years this made me cringe to my core and there are those who share a common bond that will understand how deep that goes… but on the surface alone it is simply NOT the case. We must be very careful moving forward how we just throw things out there to make things look good and sound good…. this hype is at the centre of the most destructive period our music is going through… we must be more honest with ourselves and our young minds and we will see more and more coming through and not stagnating after only climbing three rungs of the ladder and being told how great they are when clearly there is much more to do in the real sense. “
While Mike is truly passionate about his particular industry, I would like to simply pose questions to both parties vying for government on February 21. I ask them not for one section of creatives but for (1) ALL creatives in ALL their individual industries and (2) I ask them because we are a very industrious people that come under the banner of one whole large industry of creatives that deserve to be respected and to be answered.
So BLP and DLP can you answer the following real straight…and when I say straight I mean straight.
1. How is the Cultural Industries Bill going to read so that ALL creatives are covered and not just a chosen few under your governance?
2. To the DLP: Will this Cultural Industries Bill be placed on the GIS Website before it is passed so that creative groups such as the Concerned Creative Citizens Group (CCCG) who have worked very hard to present to this DLP government input and amendments to the original Bill – a Bill that has caused much interest/controversy internationally and at home.
2 (a) To the BLP: Will the BLP be adding anything on the Cultural Industries Bill to their manifesto? And if so, will the details of how the Bill is now being interpreted by the BLP (seeing as they were the first to begin the Cultural Industries Bill under their previous reign) be made public before voting day February 21st?
No’s. 2 & 2(a) would allow ALL groups concerned with this Bill to meet, discuss and render any observations/changes/concerns within say a specific time frame…I know the CCCG could have those instantly in the hands of both parties as quick as it takes to click ya fingers!
And just two more questions of particular interest that basically run off the main ones above:
- A. How will funds for creatives be disbursed so that they reach those they are intended for under your governance… particularly as it is a known fact that this has somehow not happened at times in the past?
- B. How is the overall plan to aid creatives going to be implemented (that is imagining that you have one) and through whom? Meaning creative entrepreneurship has been touted as they way of the future of this country financially, but how will it benefit the creatives and not just the government?
*Light Bulb* – the right answers might just garner extra votes for the party concerned that might give them the edge in the upcoming elections. The enormous figures of the population that call themselves ‘creatives’ that this island has is underestimated.
See Facebook page of the CCCG with all papers re Cultural Industries Bill and including the original Bill posted under Files for easy download and easy perusal:
“Art is to the spirit what bread is to the body: a necessity without which it cannot renew itself.”