Focus on nation building, says former NCF head

The former Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Dr Donna Hunte-Cox wants a greater focus on national building in this the 50th year of Barbados’ Independence.

And she has called specifically on local artistes to unlock what she sees as a dormant aspect of Barbadian culture by penning more songs, both in and out of the main festival Crop Over.

Dr Donna Hunte-Cox
Dr Donna Hunte-Cox

“Even at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts [NIFCA] we don’t get a lot of compositions happening,” lamented Hunte-Cox, who is now this island’s Consul General to New York.

“We see more song writers at Crop Over writing calypsos and soca etcetera, but at NIFCA, where we have the development aspect of it, we are not seeing a lot of compositions and that is something that I would like to see happen more so,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Hunte-Cox argued that artistes should take pride in who they are by “composing songs and coming up with music to these lyrics that really celebrates who we are.

“That is not really happening, I would like to see that happening more,” she emphasized.

The former NCF head also called on the authorities to put measures in place to help talented young Barbadians protect their intellectual property rights.

“Give more training to our young people. They are already creative but . . . we have a lot of people developing Apps for their phones and coming up with graphic arts and we have to show them how they can protect their intellectual property.

“I think that’s something that we need to do from early,” said Hunte-Cox, who also highlighted the need for artistes to get training in financial management. (FW)

2 Responses to Focus on nation building, says former NCF head

  1. Tony Webster January 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Wow! Leadership-in-action! Hmmm…or would that be…leadership inaction?

    “News”? Really? “Dry” season hits Warrens?

  2. Observer January 16, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Dr HUNTE
    I so agree with your suggestion because the mentality of the organizers seems to forget that barbados have some very good talented entertainers both pass and present young and old and i think we should invest our resources mainly on our icons of barbados,the kicked off event for the 50th was good to a certain extent because some of our great men and women was,nt even mention and personally i was offended by that, rihanna is an international star and i respect that but there is alot more of our local entertainers also put barbados on the map way before she was born and they was,nt recognized,authority no offence just an opinion.


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