The fourth installment of the OECS Music Talk was held on January 23rd in St. Kitts and Nevis at the UWI Open Campus, The Gardens, Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.
The OECS Competitive Business Unit’s (CBU) Music Mentorship and Artiste Development Programme featured a strong panel of well-known music professionals representing various aspects of the music industry in St. Kitts and Nevis, along with a guest presenter from Martinique.
The OECS Music Talk is a programme conceptualised by the OECS CBU that targets emerging musical talent in the OECS and connects musicians 30 years and under with well-established and experienced music professionals in a series of discussions across Member States.
Each Music Talk programme highlights the contributions and celebrates the achievements of some of the region’s leading musicians, who will serve as mentors to the young musicians. The programme hopes to stimulate emerging musicians to pursue careers in the music business and to find pathways to success through mentorship and artistic development.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Music Talk was coordinated by the St. Kitts and Nevis Association for the Performing Arts (SKNAPA) in partnership with Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc., The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus (St. Kitts and Nevis), The Intellectual Property Office of St. Kitts and Nevis (IPOSKN); and Screen IT – using the template developed and provided by the OECS CBU.
It featured six of the island’s top music professionals in the persons of Michael “Stokes” Hyliger, Collin Wyatt, King Socrates, Gregory “Mr Mention” Hobson, Azem “Royal” Bailey and Hansil “Richie” Buntin. Martinican music producer Fred Jn. Baptiste, was the featured speaker and spoke on the development of the music industry in the French West Indies.