As Rihanna self-destructs, Bajan jazz singer CiCi says she’s always done her best to portray Barbados positively

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“I love my country”

I don’t mind being an official Ambassador for Barbados. I’ve been doing it for the last 8 years in Canada and for 20 years worldwide. I love my country and at every opportunity I let people know it. When I was asked to sing the Canadian Anthem at the immigration awards Gala in Canada I thought it was one of the Greatest honours for Barbados and for me as Bim’s ‘First Lady of Jazz.’

It is the little entertainers like myself who have people from 10 years and more still coming or contacting them, and asking about our island and what’s happening with it.

The Barbados Tourism Authority seems to be out of touch with what tourists really want in Barbados. Canadians wonder why there is no advertising to encourage them to come to Barbados. Relying upon one person (Rihanna) to bring people to Barbados just doesn’t work especially when they arrive and discover that Rihanna is not representative of Bajan entertainment and culture. Tourists want to see a culture that they cannot see at home. They want to see real Bajan culture, and music and dancing that they don’t see at home.

Rihanna is not ‘Bajan’ culture. She’s done well for herself, but tourists don’t want Rihanna’s half-naked dance numbers: they want limbo and other iconic Bajan and Caribbean culture. As Rihanna’s behaviour gets progressively worse, we should be asking how this benefits our tourism.

The BTA is so wrong with the Rihanna tourism campaign!

CiCi

CiCi’s Website: Barbados’ first lady of jazz!

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10 responses to “As Rihanna self-destructs, Bajan jazz singer CiCi says she’s always done her best to portray Barbados positively

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  2. Anonymous

    Sorry but no singer will encourage me to visit any country

  3. Skeptic

    First Lady of Jazz, eh?

    I guess you never heard of Rosemary Phillips…who was blazing a trail before you could think up of your stage name!

    She must be the Queen of Bajan Jazz, then!

  4. Sims

    Sounds more like sour grapes born out of jealousy……next!!

  5. Anonymous

    Hey, why don’t we have a Jazz Festival….maybe call it Jazz on the Hill.

  6. Well Well.

    Rosemary Philips is more international, more well known and sounds a whole lot better, that is what you call a First Lady of Jazz..

  7. Skeptic

    Sour grapes? Hardly, Sims. Rosemary was going out there and doing it big way earlier than CiCi was. Go to France…they can tell you about it.

  8. Peter Headley

    Well said,falling on deaf ears with regard,to the tourism authority.

  9. Sims

    Skeptic, was referring to CiCi….