Jamaica’s Joan Andrea Hutchinson has inked a deal with the distribution giant VP Records. The poet who has penned many-a-piece, including three books, have also seven CDs under her belt.
Dexter Communications understands that the deal with VP will see the record company handling the North American, European and Caribbean market for Hutchinson’s work, which comes on the heel of ravenous demand for the cultural author and poet’s works.
VP Records, known internationally for distributing several international recording artistes, also handles the work of cultural icon Louise Bennett – Miss Lou – as well as that of comedic duo Ity and Fancy cat. However, according to VP Record Ft. Lauderdale General Manager, Howard Chung, there is a need for more of the type of material which Hutchinson delivers.
And what is next for the ‘always-creating-something’ Joan Andrea Hutchinson? In a Gleaner report the cultural author and poet noted that she was sticking with a recommendation from the VP team to produce a DVD of her work, with the hope of launching by summer.
Hutchinson was quoted as saying, “The material is ready and I am ready … I’m just hoping to get the sponsorship to make it happen,” she said while insisting, “come hell or high water, it will happen because it must.”
The DVD is expected to include some of her popular works such as Rapunzel – the skit originally performed in Laugh Jamaica, plus comedy, storytelling, poetry, folk songs, proverbs and Anancy stories.
Her vision for the DVD is that it will become a favourite among Jamaicans in the Diaspora, seeking to remember and maintain contact with Jamaican culture, and persons wanting to learn about or conduct research on Jamaican culture.
Dexter Communications however sees beyond this, possible an interactive cultural game or programme geared at cultural retention in Jamaica.
Her 7 CDs spans two of Jamaican proverbs, one each of Jamaican love poetry and Anancy stories, plus the wonderfully hilarious Hutchinson-style social commentary and comedy in her poems and dramatic monologues. Her latest release is Kin Teet Kibba Heart Bun – a celebration of the creativity of Jamaican ‘poor’ people, released as a book and CD.