Call for music videos
A community-wide music and video competition has been launched across Barbados in response to the upsurge in violence and antisocial behaviour.
The Open Ya Eyes Music & Video Community Anti-Violence competitions were launched last week by Joe Cloudy, AJA and Bakari Murray, the production team behind the project.
Speaking at the launch at Joe Cloudy Chill Spot, Melrose, St Thomas, AJA said the initiative was inspired by the recently launched music video Open Ya Eyes by Joe Cloudy, in which he is featured.
“The video is a Melrose community initiative, as the cast of video are all persons from the community except me. I was amazed when I saw the level of dramatisation produced by ‘brethren on the block’ who had no previous acting experience,” AJA said.
Bakari Murray of Dark Room Recording Studios has been executing a music programme, entitled Writers Block, in the communities to bring this undiscovered community talent to the fore. He felt that the Open Ya Eyes video could be duplicated in other communities across Barbados.
The Open Ya Eyes competitions call for short music demos with antiviolence themes; and similarly short skits/ dramatizations with a focus on anti-violence. The submissions are to be emailed to openyaeyes246@gmail. com. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
The winners of both competitions will receive a prize of $1 000 each. The winning song will then go through a full post-production process free of cost at Dark Room Recording Studios towards the release of the track. The winner of the short dramatisation or skit will be rewarded by an attachment to Joe Cloudy’s Dreaming Clouds Films to work on a full music video of the winning song. (PR)
The Open Ya Eyes Music & Video Community Anti-Violence Competitions were launched last week by Joe Cloudy ( left), AJA and Bakari Murray, the production team behind the project. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)