Kaiso trio in ballad remake

There is a call for more local music to be played in Barbados, especially as Barbadians celebrate their 50th anniversary of Independence this year.

This from chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Brown. He was addressing those gathered at the CD launch of the song My Island Of Dreams by Ian Webster, Smokey Burke and Colin Spencer at Tiami Catamaran Cruises, Shallow Draught, Bridgetown, today.

NCF corporate communications specialist Simone Codrington, Colin Spencer, Smokey Burke and NCF CEO Cranston Browne.
NCF corporate communications specialist Simone Codrington, Colin Spencer, Smokey Burke and NCF CEO Cranston Browne.

“We want to put out a call to radio stations and deejays to really give more airplay of local music . . . . I believe it is written somewhere that there should be 60 per cent local music on the airwaves, but I would like to see that raised,” Browne said.

“We tend to only get local music in July and August, and then again in November; and that is usually soca or calypso . . . . There is a lot more music to be played,” Browne argued.

He urged all to take a listen to the song My Island Of Dreams and to become familiar with it.

Burke said it was an honour to remake such a great song, originally done by Barbadian June Knight in the 1970s, and that he was looking forward to doing more.

“Many great songs were remade and this one had to be done. We love it, and we are hoping everyone else does too. We are appealing to all ages with this one; not just
the older folks,” Burke remarked.

Spencer said the collab among the three had come after their singing it together last Christmas, and they knew they had to record it. The song has been making the rounds on the airwaves and is now available on CD, although not yet for purchase.

Some copies were handed out to customers of Tiami during the day.

Smokey Burke presenting a CD to Tiami Catamaran Cruises divisional manager Joshua Roach.
Smokey Burke presenting a CD to Tiami Catamaran Cruises divisional manager Joshua Roach.
Visitors were delighted to receive their CDs from entertainer Smokey Burke.
Visitors were delighted to receive their CDs from entertainer Smokey Burke.
Smokey Burke presenting office manager Cheri Niles with a CD and kisses.
Smokey Burke presenting office manager Cheri Niles with a CD and kisses.

6 Responses to Kaiso trio in ballad remake

  1. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali March 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Ok I’m not on air anymore but this gets kinda dumb. The government OWNS its own radio stations …. Anyone see where I’m going with this?

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  2. smokey March 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I see where you going! It’s where I went years ago Samud!!

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  3. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond March 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Let me see: I guess the majority of music played in Spain would be Spanish/European music; the majority on french radio would be French/European music; the majority on Chinese radio would be Chinese music; the majority American stations would be American music; the majority on African stations would be African music.

    I doubt anyone has to set quotas or make appeals for airplay in these various parts of the world.

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  4. Olutoye Walrond March 13, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I guess the majority of music played in Spain would be Spanish/European music; the majority on french radio would be French/European music; the majority on Chinese radio would be Chinese music; the majority American stations would be American music; the majority on African stations would be African music.

    I doubt anyone has to set quotas or make appeals for airplay in these various parts of the world.

    For as long as we continue to see ourselves as inferior beings to the people of North America and Europe we will continue to elevate what they produce to a higher pedestal than ours.

    Where in our big celebration of 50 years of independence is there any plan to address this endemic psychological weakness that causes us to lack confidence in ourselves and what we produce?

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  5. King Cosmos March 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I guess it’s the “grass is greener” syndrome: anything foreign seems better than people’s own; at least to some people. When and how will it change?

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  6. Analyzer March 22, 2016 at 10:22 am

    @Olutoye Waldrond
    The original record was produced at WIRL (West Indies Records) in Barbados. The author was a tourist who loved Barbados. Tourism has contributed much to our country. What is wrong with using a tourist’s song that he wrote when he fell in love with Barbados? The singer on the original recording is Barbadian, born and bred.

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