Tortola, BVI, January 15, 2015: Virgin Islands music and talent now has an official home—Tola Music VI, which is the first and only online radio station that promotes the sound of the Virgin Islands.
The station which can be accessed at tolaradiovi.com was founded by Floyd Burnett, a Virgin Islands Reggae/ Dancehall artiste who performs under the name Heritage aka HBH.
The station went live a little over a year, and following testing and various fine tuning is finally being launched on January 15, 2015. Heritage explained that the station’s aim is to provide a portal that will enable persons wherever in the world to access Virgin Islands music and entertainment news.
Heritage said that this project is close to his heart as an artiste, and one that he is passionate about. In explaining the decision to found Tola Radio VI, he said: “As a local artiste I came to the realization that Tola Radio VI can help highlight our music more, because at present Virgin Islands music does not have a platform on the global stage. We support world music, but our music is not supported worldwide because there was lack of access and extensive promotion.”
Tolaradiovi.com is the first media in the British Virgin Islands that is dedicated solely to Virgin Islands music. The affiliation with Sound Exchange also makes Tola Radio VI one of the first radio stations to arrange to pay performance royalty to musicians.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn congratulated Heritage and the entire team at Tola Radio for launching what he described as ‘a cutting edge and timely venture’. Minister Walwyn said that out of this venture he sees an opportunity for Virgin Islands culture to be shared with the world via this radio station. “This station now guarantees our local artistes that their music, telling the story and sharing the sounds of this Territory will reach a broader audience and hopefully make those artistes even more successful,” Hon. Walwyn pointed out.
Eighth District Representative, Hon. Marlon A. Penn congratulated the radio station on its launch and announced that the station will not only serve as a voice for the people of our Territory, but is also an opportunity to reach diverse audiences with a variety of content.
“I encourage the youth of this Territory to follow Heritage’s example by finding ways in which you can serve your community through your own unique business ideas,” Hon. Penn said.
President of the GRATE Music Alliance, Eustace Freeman in his congratulatory message said: “Tola Radio VI is the greatest thing to happen to the music industry here in the Virgin Islands. It’s the only station to date that pays royalty to musicians, and that’s a testament to the respect the CEO of Tola Radio has for the industry here in the Virgin Islands. I wish him great success with this initiative.”