July 17, 2014
-- By Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency
(Nassau, The Bahamas)… In the midst of ‘artistes’
who rely on the calypso, soca, reggae and rake ‘n’ scrape sounds of their region to secure them sports on local music charts, Barz Noble of The Bahamas is standing out as a surprise leader in the list of nominations for what has been described as the Caribbean version of the Grammy or the Dove Awards.
Barz Noble’s significance at this year’s Marlin Caribbean Music Awards comes from the fact that he is nominated in six categories and that his is one of the few artists from the hip hop genre who are up for awards. The success of his single ‘The Music of Life’ with its smooth lyrical flow reminiscent of what was executed in early 1990’s, propelled his ‘Symphonic Signatures’ album to be an unlikely, but credible contender at this year’s event.
‘Symphonic Signatures’ is up for Album of The Year while Barz Noble himself is up for New Artist of the Year. His single ‘Rockin’ It’ has the chance to take the award for Hip Hop Recording of The Year, and Rock Recording of the Year. Barz Noble is also nominated for Hip Hop Vocal Performance of the Year Duo/Group for his Warfare Global collaboration while his single ‘Music of Life’ could walk away with Hip Hop Vocal Performance of the Year.
“I feel both humbled and honoured for the six nominations among such a great pool of talent and that the "Symphonic Signatures" project was critiqued and chosen to be added to the list from my understanding by a cross regional and both international panel of judges alike,” he stated. “The Album of the Year category in particular is special. Even if I don't win, just for the nomination nod and for being recognized for my work to be included in such a select list is an accomplishment itself which I'm proud of from my very first release as a solo artist.”
According to Barz Noble, his inclusion in so many categories for his debut album is something he feels will help take him to the next level of his craft.
“I think the award nomination and potential wins will shed more light on the music to those who may not be familiar with the Barz Noble sound,” he said. “It’s reminding me that it’s about letting the music speak for itself. As an artist, it provides a greater platform and exposure to a greater market beyond my homeland. I’m happy that I am able to be recognized and prove that there is a place for cuss free, positive, uplifting and inspirational Hip Hop music.”
The Marlin Caribbean Music Awards takes place in Nassau, Bahamas, July 26, 2014.