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Seven years of Strategy

John Sealy

Seven years of Strategy

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This month heralds seven years that Strategy The Energy Band has been blazing a trail across Barbados, the region and beyond.
It has been seven years, travelling to more than seven destinations: Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad, United States of America, Canada, France and Britain.
Debuting in 2004, Strategy will be showcasing why they are still a force to be reckoned with a series of the musical events to highlight the music.
It is also coming after the release of their latest album Fire And Thunder for Crop Over 2011.   
Strategy performs all genres of music under the sun. They have also captured numerous awards, including Barbados Music Awards for Music Video Of The Year, two years consecutively, 2009 and 2010, as well as awards for songwriting in competitions such as the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Song Competition and in 2009, lead singer Kirk Brown won the Award Of Excellence In Entertainment at the Barbados Tourism Awards.
The band has done a number of gigs in the United States including Sin City (Connecticut), Bajan Soca Splash (NYC), Club Taj (NYC) and then they returned to Barbados and whilst faced with the closure of the Ship Inn, still operate in the St Lawrence Gap.  
The next big engagements for Strategy include a tour to the Virgin Holidays Music Festival next week, the Barbados Music Awards 2012 as the official backing band, where Kirk Brown is also nominated for Reggae/Dancehall Artist Of The Year December 18, a celebrity wedding with E! Entertainment, and Royal Westmoreland’s New Year’s Eve VIP Party.
Strategy has described itself as Barbadian band with international appeal. Most recently, the group has produced collaborations and remixes that have been gaining airplay not just locally or regionally but internationally.  
Band members are Tejay, Kirk Brown, Damien Neblett, Dwight Callender, Samuel Bridgeman, Marlon Brathwaite and Rahn Phillips.