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BARBADOS - Music Awards 2006

by ANDREA KING Compliments of the Nation News

NatahleeCOMMENDATIONS have been pouring in for the staging of 2006 Barbados Music Awards, co-ordinated by Timeless Barbados Entertainment Agency.

RPB seen here at the press conference with Natahlee

Seven-time calypso monarch Red Plastic Bag (RPB), who received a Cornerstone Award for his contribution to the development of the Barbados music industry, told the NATION the awards ceremony was a good thing to happen for the industry.
"I thought it was an excellent effort. It is always good when people are given some measure of reward or recognition for the work they have done.
I think it gives young people coming into the industry some incentive so they see that their work will be respected and appreciated," RPB said, adding he hoped the event would have longevity.
Former chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), Antonio Rudder, also thought the awards ceremony was significant.
"I thought it was well intentioned and I believe that it is important to reward people, to demonstrate tangibly that what people have done is appreciated, particularly in a nation that engages in a significant amount of self-hate, and spends a high percentage of its time engaging in bestowing derogatory remarks and criticisms. From that perspective it was timely," Rudder said.

Echoing RPB and Rudder on the importance of the event was soca queen Alison Hinds, and her gospel peer Paula Hinds.

Alison Hinds AND  Rupee

They both received Cornerstone Awards, and the soca singer won the Award for Best R&B Single with Roll.
"I think it is a wonderful idea. We have had awards before, but they fell away, and I hope that this doesn't happen," said Alison, who was nominated for the Female Artiste Of The Year.

Alison Hinds, seen here with Rupee

Prime Minister of Barbados

"Having the endorsement of the Prime Minister of Barbados is great. It means he thinks it is really worthwhile and we as entertainers really appreciate it because our job is not seen as being serious, as not a 'real job'. The awards are a great way to start the year, and give every one a boost to keep us going for the rest of the year," the soca queen said.

Barbados' star Rihanna as she receives her award from the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur

Paula Hinds

Gospel artiste Hinds endorsed all that her secular counterpart expressed.
"It is good to have that medium where we can be with our peers, where we can be faithful stewards of God's gifts," she said, adding that it was also good to see the media participating because it had played a crucial role in helping to shape and hone the local talent.

Gospel diva Paula Hinds

Barbados Music Awards, co-ordinated by "Now the whole world is seeing what this little rock has done. I told someone we are the gem of the Caribbean and now the gems are shining," she said. She hoped that veterans in the industry would share the benefit of their experience with the youthful organiser, Timeless Barbados Entertainment's Ronnie Morris.



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