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Taking a spiritual gamble

At a time when the local gospel music scene appears to be “dead”, at least one Barbadian artiste has taken the bold step of investing thousands of dollars in a project he hopes could inject much-needed inspiration and encouragement.

Nayan Warrington, a Dominica-born gospel singer and song writer, who has been living in Barbados for the past nine years, has just released his debut album titled Mr. Warr-ing-ton, reflecting the notion of spiritual warfare.

Nayan has a soft spot for the “unsaved” who he is seeking to convert through his music, and for Christians, who he is desirous of encouraging in their “righteous walk”.

These two missions are the inspiration behind the new album, which highlights a mixture of genres that include reggae and dancehall. The 12 songs on the release were performed and written by Nayan, and feature local act Bishop and two Jamaicans, St. Matthew and David Irie.

The compositions include Pray, People In The World, Crisis, No Place and Mr.Warr-ing-ton, the title song.

Nayan is joined by Bishop on People In The World, while David Irie and St. Matthew collaborate on No Place. The two Jamaicans flew into Barbados just to do the recording.

The album was released last month in Dominica and Antigua and is “making waves” already. Arrangements are presently being worked on to put it out on Barbadian radio. However, it is already available on iTunes and Amazon, A&B Music Supplies, Sheraton and from Nayan himself.

This young artiste is not wasting any time, though. With his debut album barely two months on the market, Nayan is already in the process of writing and planning to produce his second product, possibly for release late next year.

He told High Note he pulled his pocket to make this first “effort” a reality.

Meanwhile, Barbados’ number one gospel band, Promise, is preparing to stage its annual Christmas concert in Queen’s Park on Christmas Day. It is the group’s special yearly “gift” to the people of Barbados. Right now, said founder-member James Timmy Morgan, nothing is happening with the band; and the gospel music scene is dead.

The earliest major gospel event coming up is on November 3 and 4 when The Silvertones will have their annual concert and a gospel music consultation on November 30 to December 2, to be conducted by an international expert from Florida.

That is scheduled to feature some of the top artistes from Barbados, including Gratitude, Sister Marshall, Rickey Niles, Allison Norville-Forde, the Alexandra Beacons Choir and Double Laugh Theatre.

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