By Alexis R. Milan
A group of Jamaican producers based in Canada has been in Belize over the past three weeks recording material with Belizean artists to promote in Jamaican, Canadian and European markets and eventually book shows for the artists.
According to Garth “Papa” White, owner of Blue Hole Music and Entertainment, during this trip to Belize the group has worked with several Belizean artists and has recorded enough material to make up three extended play (EP) albums plus a compilation of several artists.
On this trip, according to White, they have worked with relatively well-known Belizean artists as well as up-and-coming ones including Red One, Elle Marie, Nello Playa, Continental Cat, Mr Chris, Melody Man, and Escobar.
White said his goal is to try and get work for these artists by using his connections in Ireland and Germany to have the artists perform in some of the music festivals.
White said he believes the Belizean artists are talented enough, and that once they are heard better offers will come their way.
White and his associates left this week but said they plan to be back before the end of the year to continue to build a partnership with the Belizean artists. In the meantime White will be printing promotional albums in Canada and trying to get some of the music on radio waves in Canada and Jamaica.
Several months ago, White and his partner came to Belize and recorded a compilation Extended Play featuring Concego, TR Shine, Cantinental Cat, Positive Vibes, Boss Lady and Ghani on the Shambala Riddim project.
White has background as an audio-technician and has worked in the broadcasting industry in Canada. He recounted his first visit to Belize nine-years ago . He said he had seen a reggae concert at the Memorial Park and was so impressed with the music he vowed to return to work with Belizean artists.
Damion “Keezy” Hewitt, studio engineer and producer for the group, explained that he makes all the original beats for the group and said he was very impressed with level of talent in Belize.
Hewitt said the next step is getting airplay and exposure for the artists. He has worked with Jamaican artists including Black Rhino, Konshens, Junior Cat and Vybz Kartel.
David “Django Timoschenko” Griffith, producer and studio-technician, said he and White have been partners for the last year and have committed to working with and creating opportunities for Belizean artists.
Griffith said the artists he has worked with in his two visits have raw talent and with proper coaching and investment the artists can be very successful.