Sun, 01/11/2015 - 17:40 — Carlie Pipe

The Rhythm In Our Blood

Debbie Reifer and Simon Pipe team up with a happy-go-lucky track called “Rhythm In My Blood”. But the luck doesn’t stop there, their premier duet is also the theme song of the annual Caribbean Music Summit, a conference all about the business of music.

Do you love your little island?

Then you may also love 'Rhythm In My Blood' by the two Barbadians Debbie Reifer and Simon Pipe. But you don’t have to be Bajan to connect to this medium tempo, carefree record.

Debbie Reifer

Debbie Reifer

You could be from the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, uptown, downtown or an archipelago. You could be a second gen member of the diaspora or still adjusting to island time… there’s still a tropical familiarity and breeziness about 'Rhythm In My Blood' that will resonate.

Though Reifer and Pipe have worked together on a number of Reifer’s original tracks, including 'We Are Love' and Til I Die, this will be their first time performing a duet. 'Rhythm In My Blood’s bright and happy lyrics paint a picture of cheeky green monkeys, birds chirping at your window, jovial street vendors and the otherwise idyllic motifs of Caribbean living. Even so, 'Rhythm In My Blood' has a bigger story to tell.

Simon Pipe

Simon Pipe (Photo by Michael Alexander)

The song has been chosen as the theme for the Caribbean Music Summit, a three-day long conference that brings together leading international, regional and on-island music and entertainment executives, managers, producers, distributors, labels, publishers, producers and artists to learn, network, make deals, do business and discover this little island Barbados as a cultural, business and creative destination.

The creativity of this island nation has certainly proven itself time and again with a glut of highly talented and accomplished musicians being reared from its 166 square miles. Rihanna. Shontelle. Alison Hinds. Miles Robertson. Jimmy Haynes. And now, Debbie Reifer and Simon Pipe, who are among the ranks of a number of local musicians showcasing at the event. Pipe stresses the value in being able to make face to face contact with supervisors and music execs in their own home setting, saying “as much as we live in a digital world, personal interactions can’t be beat.”

Also, [Caribbean Music Summit] gives supervisors a chance to see us and understand our environment and the place we’re coming from in our songwriting in a way they couldn’t experience otherwise.”

On February 1st-3rd, the music world will descend upon Barbados for keynotes, panels and workshops featuring industry leaders on the global, regional and local level. And at night, we’ll party like only West Indians can with concerts and competitions highlighting and recognizing excellence in local and international musical talent. It’s in our blood, after all.

Barbados will be showing itself off to guests and panelists including Joe Belliotti, Head of Global Music Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company, Matthew Knowles, Destiny’s Child Manager, Procter and Gamble brand leaders and music leaders like Che Pope, President of G.O.O.D Music, a legendary producer/writer who collaborates with artists that include Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Eminem, John Legend, as well as Tyler Perry’s music team, and more.  

The invitation is open for regional and international artists to expose their craft to the esteemed audience of the Caribbean Music Summit. Artists, you can find details on submitting your work as well as attending the conference here.

The Caribbean Music Summit is taking place with the full support and collaboration of the Barbados Ministry Of Culture, Sports and Youth, and Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc. (BTMI) and is co-founded by SyncAudio Founder Farinoush Mostaghimi and SyncCo Founder Mark Freiser.

We’re proud to know the Caribbean is being recognized as a major hub for talent and creativity. So if you can’t help smilin’ cause you know your home is like a diamond - maybe you have a little rhythm in your blood too.

You can purchase 'Rhythm In My Blood' on CDBaby here.

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