Fingall: We don’t love our own
EVEN THOUGH established and up and coming artists are making sweet soca songs, Barbadians are yet to properly embrace their own year-round.
“The sweet soca music is ours,” Mac Fingall said while making the feature address at the Camp Fusion’s tribute to Red Plastic Bag (RPB) at the Parkinson Memorial School.
“But the fact is that we don’t love it, and that is why the Jamaicans can come down here and have Reggae On The Hill and get thousands of people – and I don’t have a problem – but we can’t get to Jamaica and play our music because they don’t hear our music, because they don’t play it.
“I think we should adopt a stance like Brazil where 80 per cent of Brazilian music [had to be played] and through doing that, they were able to make . . . an industry,” he said to loud applause.
Titled Sweet Soca Songs, the children of Camp Fusion, which is coordinated by the Pinelands Creative Workshop in collaboration with the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, sang and danced to RPB’s finest work.
RPB addressed the audience and also joined the children on stage. (LW)