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Caribbean gospel artists must unite

Compliments of the Barbados Advocate

Web Posted - Mon Mar 05 2007 By David Hinkson

Gospel performers in the Caribbean have been urged to unite on a regional level, in an effort to improve the present fortunes of the gospel music industry.

Veteran promoter and organiser of the Flame Gospel Awards, Mike Cummins

Veteran promoter and organiser of the Flame Gospel Awards, Mike Cummins, made this call over the weekend as he addressed the sixth annual ceremony honouring Barbados top gospel performers, at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

He stated that Flame had already taken a step in that direction, since the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) was one of its sponsors, and should ensure that local artists get their music played in 22 countries across the Caribbean.

Cummins also urged local secular promoters to include more gospel artists, particularly young up and coming acts, in the events they hosted. In this respect too, Cummins urged the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to update its gospel music fillers, some of which were recorded in the late 1980s.

While thanking the secular stations for playing more gospel music than before, he asked the gospel stations on the island to play more locally-produced work. He suggested they follow a format Gospel 790 had in its early days, when one out of every four songs played was by a Barbadian artist.

Cummins told the artists present to become more aggressive in seeking new niche markets, stating that local dance groups were asking local artists to produce new music for them.


One of the awardees, David Rowe, echoed similar sentiments. Rowe, whose song You are the God I Worship won an award for Best Scripture Based Song, encouraged his fellow performers to compose new worship songs, instead of using the same foreign songs that had been in circulation for years.
Praise Academy of Dance dominated the proceedings, taking the coveted Artiste of the Year title, as well as Dance Group of the Year. Its Boys division won Dance Act of the Year.
Sean Apache Carter received Calypso of the Year and Original Song of the Year for his Rod of Correction

The all-girl group, Samara, took Vocal Group of the Year and Best New Artist awards.

Compliments of the Barbados Advocate

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Praise Academy

Praise Academy of Dance Barbados began in 2003; it is an affiliate of Praise Academy of Dance Jamaica. Marcia Weeks and her team were at the Flame Awards this year where they picked up the award for artiste of the year, plus, dance group of the year and dance act of the year. Her son Dan Jamal-Weekes won the creative act of the year and husband, Dave Weekes, picked up the award for recording of the year with Voice in a Voice Vol 11 - The Experience Tent.


James Leacock, Silvertones

James Leacock

Alex Blackman, Promise

Akex Blackman, Promise

Rev Tony Lowe

Rev Tony Lowe

The Awards are an example of the myriad talents we have in the bosom of the Christian community.


Adrian Agard

Barbados Gospelfest was established in 1993 by the Barbados Tourist Board (BTB). The festival was the brainchild of the then Minister of Tourism Wes Hall, now Rev. Wes Hall. In 1995 the responsibility for the production of the festival was passed on to the Gospelfest Organising Committee made up of persons from the Christian community, chaired by Barbadian event manager Adrian Agard. Adrian was at the Flame Awards 2006 to pick up the sought after Vision Award.

CLICK for Presentations at Flame Awards 2006

The event was divided into six presentations covering various artists. Flame Awards are hoping that by rewarding our Gospel artistes they would see the need to aim for excellence in everything they do. CLICK to meet the winners.

CLICK for Artistes made appearances at the Flame Awards 2006

Making special guest appearances along with the artistes celebrating 25 years of achievement are Rommel, Allison Norville-Forde, Jesus Army, Praise Academy of Dance (boys), Image, Sheldon Hope and Ria Greene CLICK and enjoy!


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