All June long you can hear the music of your favourite Antiguan and Barbudan artistes on FLOW 98.7 FM Toronto’s Hip-Hop and R&B station. In collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), FLOW will be promoting the music of the island’s homegrown talent in recognition of Black Music Month.
In addition to playing their music, the radio station will also feature special biographical vignettes highlighting the musical journey of eight of Antigua and Barbuda’s most popular contemporary artistes: Jay Abnormal, Causion, Ricardo Drue, Asher Otto, Claudette “CP” Peters, Art “Drastic” Phillip, Tanzania “Tizzy” Sebastian, and Tian Winter. This is only the beginning.
Known for its stunning beaches, warm weather, and relaxed culture, Antigua and Barbuda is a tourist destination for hundreds of thousands every year. Less well known are the islands impressive musical credentials: from pioneering steelband music to producing calypso legends King Swallow, King Obstinate and King Short Shirt. Today, Antigua and Barbuda’s new generation of artistes have diversified into R&B, Soca, Dancehall and Reggae genres.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Tourism - Canada (Ag), Tameka Wharton invites those of us living in Canada to tune in to FLOW 98.7 during this month, adding that the music is guaranteed to transport us home. “When you’re in Canada listening to our music it transports you. You can feel the vibe of our carnival, you can taste the never to be forgotten mouth-watering food and for sure you can smell the salty beaches and hear the waves,” she said. Wharton encouraged Antiguans and Barbudans to tune in daily and keep watch on www.flow987.com for a chance for those in Canada to win a trip to the islands in October as part of the “Come Fly With Me” promotion which will take lucky winners to Antigua and Barbuda in time for Independence celebrations.