The Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (CTO) and Ryff Music have teamed up to create the “Love the Music” compilation CD. The project “features vibrant music that represents the best of the Caribbean culture presented by artists from CTO member countries.” This compilation promotes Caribbean culture through music as well as the spoken word. The CD is due to ready for purchase during Caribbean Heritage Month (June). Promotional activities will take place during Caribbean Week in New York between June 7 and 12, 2010.
Performers—among the Caribbean’s best talent—chosen for the compilation include Kevin Lyttle (St. Vincent and The Grenadines), Dollarman (Grenada), Singing Melody (Jamaica), Natural Black (Guyana), Kamau Georges (British Virgin Islands), KB (Bahamas), Dudley (Bermuda), Aloe Blacc (Panama), Lazo (Dominica), and Fae Simon (Carriacou and Jamaica), among others. Producers contributing to the project include Albert ‘Dvo’ Desilva (Guyana), Herbert Alexander (U.S. Virgin Islands), Kamau George (BVI), Max Tannone (USA), and other talented Caribbean musicians.
The project will be distributed through Redeye distribution, the leading independent distributor for both physical and digital music around the world. Their retailers in the U.S. include chains such as Best Buy, Borders, f.y.e. and independent stores throughout the country. Redeye also exports records to Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and provides a digital distribution service that delivers content to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other digital music stores. Redeye currently distributes such labels as Daptone Records, Alive Records, Bella Union Records, Revelation Records and artist such as Widespread Panic, The Donnas, Sun Public Enemy and Au Revoir Simone, to name a few.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), headquartered in Barbados, comprises 32 member countries that include English, French, Spanish and Dutch countries and territories, as well as private sector allied members. The CTO Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, formed to provide scholarships and study grants to Caribbean students and industry personnel (from CTO-member countries) who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality, and language training. The foundation supports individuals who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership potential and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.
[Shown here Aloe Blacc (Panama), Lazo (Dominica), and Natural Black (Guyana).]
For CD information, see http://www.ryffmusic.com/
For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, see www.onecaribbean.org/
For more information on the CTO Foundation, see www.onecaribbean.org/programs/hrdevelopment/scholarship.aspx