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A special request was made to Jamaican artist Tyrus Riley by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The request was to mentor upcoming talents from Antigua and Barbuda who aspire to build a career as international performers.
The Prime Minister made the request while speaking to the artist during the Browne and Browne show on Point FM on Saturday afternoon.
PM Browne noted that the annual show has much potential for cross-fertilization of talent as it features many young local artists. He expressed his desire to emulate an international star such as Tyrus Riley and stated that it is important for the country to develop the “orange economy” and export it to the world.
He also suggested that there should be a closer alignment with Jamaican artists to help develop local talent that can be exported, as reggae has a wider international appeal than soca/calypso.
PM Browne further added that the government is willing to assist with accommodation, airfare, and a small stipend to help hone the skills of aspiring artists. He believes that Antigua and Jamaica share a commonality in style and culture, which provides an excellent opportunity for the two countries to work together.
Tyrus Riley gave his assurance to the Prime Minister that he would give serious consideration to the request and help to develop the talents of aspiring artists from Antigua and Barbuda.