Guyana shines at Barbados Music Awards

| January 24, 2014

Caribbean news. Guyana made an indelible mark at the annual Barbados Music Awards, now coined the Barbados Music , Fashion and Film Awards.

Last weekend a barrage of talent from the land of many waters hit the stage at the prestigious Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados at what has become a must-see event on the Bajan entertainment calendar.


A contingent of Guyanese talent – Lisa Punch, Ernesta Nelson and Travis Bowen created quite a stir at the packed hall of creative arts enthusiasts and practitioners.

The Nation headlined that Lisa was the ” Punch Line” at the event, belting out a powerful rendition of  ‘Secret Admirer’ serenading the receptive front row attendees as she descended the stairs to access an intimate connection with her admirers.

Ernesta delivered one of her soca hits to the delight of the receptive audience. And Travis Bowen, the winner of Gold Coast Record Talent Search in Guyana courtesy Guyana Fashion Week, was a sheer breath of fresh air performing an Enrique Iglesias’ pop hit.

He was received with much enthusiasm and he is now being groomed, in Barbados, for international work and a record deal.

” This is a dream come true for me and I must thank Guyana Fashion week and Gold Coat Records for this opportunity’ Travis Bowen”.


In the fashion department, Sonia Noel lived up to her reputation presenting a stunning line up of Caribbean signature ensembles and separates that proclaimed that Guyana is a significant stakeholder in the development of the Caribbean fashion industry.

To top it off, she was awarded a Regional Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to fashion in the Caribbean. Her line was highly appreciated and indeed prompted extensive interest from entrepreneurs in carrying her line at their shops.”It is a great feeling to be appreciated for your work ” Sonia Noel


The Barbados Music awards opened up its ambit to include fashion and film, all part of a regional campaign of integrating the region through the creative industries and ultimately promoting the Caribbean brand as an alternative on the global agenda.

Guyana truly represented at this occasion certainly proving that its talent and creative energies are  to be reckoned with and can make a distinctive mark on the international scene.


Ronnie Morris, producer of the Award showcase, also a Director of Guyana Fashion Week was elated about the inclusion of Guyanese style and asserts ‘this is just the beginning of remarkable things to come, in terms of collaborating with Guyanese artistes.”

He also commends Sonia Noel for facilitating the growth of dynamic inter-regional networking endeavours in this hemisphere.

Brutal Tracks and Mystic were also in attendance. Mystic was scheduled to perform but was unwell.


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