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Local musicians demand more airplay or else

A group of Barbadian entertainers are threatening to boycott local radio stations and deejays if they refuse to play at least 50 per cent Bajan music.

The F3P: Fight For Fair Play cause was launched on the social media network Facebook this week by soca artiste David D2 Davis and has since garnered support from other popular performers, including Anderson Blood Armstrong, who has publicly backed the iniative in a video posted last night on his personal Facebook page.

“. . . . We spend our time and our money and efforts on producing music that is just left by the wayside. If you are not playing 50 per cent Bajan content, it is time we boycott. Unless and until they mandate it boycott, because it is important that we look out for ourselves and our children and the future of entertainment in Barbados,” said Armstrong in the video post.

Armstrong, who is also a music producer, said it was time entertainers in Barbados stood up for what they believed in.

“All we need is for more artistes to come on board and sound their voices because for this to work we have to be unified and loud,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Davis, who is known for his popular song Bucky Wuk Up, said he was moved to take action after attending a meeting of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP).

“. . . When I heard the stats as it pertains to how much royalties [are] distributed to the locals and how much go abroad, and the difference between the two was so drastic, it literally hurt my heart. So I say, ‘you know what, no one isn’t doing anything, but something got to happen’ and I decided to start the cause.”

Since then, the initiative has garnered the support of over 15 artistes, with several others expressing an interest, he said.

“What we are hoping is that we would get enough people to buy into the Facebook initiative first, and then we would rally all the troops together, but getting the artistes together as one collective entity and one voice has been a challenge in the past,” he noted.

Davis further acknowledged that “a lot of people are a little intimidated because they are studying repercussions and affiliations between deejays and artistes.

“They are some who are afraid to speak out because they think they will get blacklisted, but the support is there. If you look at the videos posted, and you look at the likes, you would see a lot of artistes are liking it but they are not coming forward and letting their voices be heard and that is what we are asking them to do. We would have a stronger cause and presence and voice if we unite,” he said.

When contacted, Programme Manager at Starcom Network Ronald Clarke, who is also a well known calypsonian, said no formal request had been made of the privately run radio station with regards to the playing of 50 per cent local music.

However, Clarke, who has been in the music business for over 30 years, said he would be interested in hearing more about the initative, although he said the matter was not as simple as it seemed.

“In most formats I don’t think it is wise to apply a 50 per cent quota across the board in respect of format,” Clarke said, adding that “it is something that has to be discussed, and as a programme manager I will wait for something to be presented that is well thought out and that comes with proposals that I can take to my general manager”.

Calypso tent manager and songwriter Harvey Pop Daniel said while he agreed with the initiative he was doubtful it would take off.

“I would go with the idea of taking any action to get a more equitable distribution. But I know the history of the entertainers and they do not unite. So I would be very careful about joining in anything with them and that is the truth. But if they could do it, it would be good,” Daniel said.

One deejay, who did not want to named, also expressed strong reservations, saying what was being proposed was just not possible and in most cases did not make sense.

“If they are saying play 100 per cent soca at Crop Over fine! No problem! That can work. But to suggest 50 per cent Bajan music doesn’t really make much sense. There isn’t enough music across all the genres to do that. It’s not reasonable and not feasible,” the deejay said.

However, Davis said while he was aware of the current limitations, he was adamant that radio stations needed to play more local music.

“It’s hard to produce a song for $2 500, then you take it to a radio station and it’s never played . . . If you go on Bajantube, there are thousands of songs and a lot of them are very good songs that you never hear on the radio. We have a lot of songs out there and in all the genres too. They just don’t play the local songs,” he said.

“The reality of the situation is, the more local music played, the more royalties for local artistes, therefore making being an artiste a more viable profession.” 

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10 Responses to BOYCOTT?

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 3, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Should be 75%.

  2. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 3, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Should be 75%.

  3. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown October 3, 2014 at 1:09 am

    75% Bajan music!!!

  4. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 3, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Sometimes you wonder if you are in Jamaica with the amount of reggae and dub on the airwaves.

  5. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker October 3, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I have traveled to many places, and I can reassure you, reggae is Caribbean, Jamaica has so many problems, yet travelers from allover the world flock there, why? The music.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 3, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Totally agree. 75% make it 80% No lack of talent wanna born with it, so embrace it. Have a Top 10 Chart each week and make sure it go online so the music lovers can vote. Nothing worst than visiting the island and 95% of commercial music is played. About time wanna support each other.

  7. jr smith October 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I always have an issue as to why if I am a radio station owner, I have to pay so call artist to play they records, they should pay me, how else would the music be heard, most of which is for the minute.
    Everyone who call themselves artist, must remember there is only one Rhinna, a lot of the other stuff isn’t that commercial , why waste time playing it.
    Mind you I find listening to local radio in Barbados, very dull and boring,same old same old ,from the last decade, like most things in bim.

  8. Emma St.John
    Emma St.John October 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Okay, but what about us that don’t wish to listen to calypso, reggae and dub 50% of the time? I enjoy Y103 because my taste in music runs along the lines of what they play. Why not create a local music only station? I like our local rock/alternative bands – but do they have enough music combined to fill 12 hours per day (and not hear the same songs on repeat all day long (everyday of the week)?

  9. Asiba October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Artists need also to protest with placards outside of all Radio Stations.
    Ronnie Clarke ! No proposal is needed , Just play Barbadian Music and stop the excuses -man !

    Emma St. John: Lots of Barbadian music is produced in every genre including Jazz and Classical. You would not know because the Radio Stations do not “promote’ Barbadian Music. OPlay the Music and even more Music will be produced. Also Record Producers need to reduce the price they are asking to record a song.

    J R. Smith : You have access to a computer. please google anything on intellectual property rights to start with. Edify and educate yourself-J.R Smith, you need that education.

    Good Suggestions -Veronica Boyce. The R

  10. jr smith October 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Asiba, I am not educated, but I am very wealthy.


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