by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Local entertainer, Michelle Stokes, also known as Sweet Sister Sensia is standing up for “Homegrown Artistes” suggesting that local artistes be given the same level of respect as the regional and international artistes at the St Kitts Music Festival.
“Everyone who knows me here knows that I am passionate about my homegrown music and what I have noticed from a lot of the past music festivals is that a lot of the international media would put down their cameras, put down their microphones, put down their books when most of our local international artists are on stage, because they are looking to graft the internationally, well known- already set their names artists and forget about our home. To me personally, I think that everybody should be treated the same way as you would treat any international artist because we have so much homegrown talent that is so talented, but they don’t get recognised by the media.”
Sensia suggests that the international media is most appropriate to help to market the homegrown artists so that they can reach far places and get the recognition that they need to develop their musical journey.
Sensia also made an appeal on behalf of local deejays and hosts, asking for the same level of acknowledgment from the media just as given to international artistes.
“I’m a deejay and you know how I feel about my music and my passion. I find that a lot of times when deejays are on or even the hosts, we don’t get that energy on stage as they would do on stage for an international artiste or people performing. They need to also understand that hosts are just as important on stage as everybody who is on stage and I just think that we need to get the same love all around.”
The local deejay has long been empowering young musicians by providing them a platform to have their music released and promoted through the Homegrown Show on Freedom FM.