Columbus and Canada on a quest to fuse cultures!
The music industry got turn upside down by a world-first collaboration between Atlantic Canada and Barbados, which is slated to bring millions in foreign exchange and more tourism linkages between Barbados and Atlantic Canada.
Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, commended all the partners who were able to bring this project to life, including Columbus, the BCSI and the Association of Music Entrepreneurs, adding they had his Ministry’s full support: “We know there is an abundance of talent here and we know that it will translate in to millions of dollars here in terms of foreign exchange and in terms of linkages to tourism. It is undoubtedly a lot that we are going to gain and great returns on our investment“.
“We are not just highlighting our artists and performers, but you are also helping to put Barbados on the world map. And through Columbus television and the work that you are going to be doing over the next couple of months, you are going to make a major difference in Barbados’ tourism efforts. These are the little things that go a long, long way and my ministry stands ready shoulder by shoulder with you to make it happen,” he continued.
“This unique structure of collaborations offer the opportunity to experience a wide variety of harmony from a new perspective while representing each bands own cultural sound. The result is a magnificent synthesis featuring fusions between Evablaze and Rogues; Tye Blue & Andre Forde with the Secrets; RocketRocket Ship with Kirk Brown and the Energy Band; Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind coupled Philip 7 & Masala Band; Nexcyx with Duane Andrews and Aaron Collis. The unique fusion and integration of cultures will take the art a step forward for both islands.
Managing director Niall Sheehy said, “Tonight marks the start of a cultural revolution, one which will see the growth and development of not only the cultural industry, but also have positive impacts on economic diversification and national development.”
He added that productions with all of the artistes who wrote, perform and showcase their new music will be showcased in a 16 episode series hosted by Fabian James of F. James Film/TV Co Ltd. and local entrepreneur, Toni Thorne on FLOW TV on Channel 99 as well as in Atlantic Canada, next month along with the upcoming culinary Chef Roary’s International Restaurant Showcase: “[This] will be available to over a million viewers across multiple Flow platforms in the Caribbean and On Demand viewers in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island”. He also announced that two lucky Barbadians will win an all-expense paid trip to Newfoundland as part of the exchange.