Update: They’ve picked a song and it’s none of the ones I mention here! See this post.
What do you do if you’re a tiny Caribbean island still recovering from a volcanic eruption that made two-thirds of the country inaccessible? You get yourself a song, apparently.
This weekend, Montserrat will choose it’s first-ever national song – to be played every day on TV, sung in schools and make the island’s 5,000-odd people feel a bit prouder about their home.
The government’s put five shortlisted entries up on a Facebook page, including tunes written by the chief executive of the country’s bank and one of the island’s former governors. And – amazingly – some of them are really good.
The favourite seems to be Everton Weekes’ Montserrat Alliouagana, a slow-builder that starts with the less than inspiring line, “If you search for [Montserrrat] on the map, it’s much smaller than a dot.”
For some reason, Montserrat’s letting anyone vote for the tunes at this webpage, so do it now!
But one question: why didn’t they go for a tune by Montserrat’s most famous son, the mighty Arrow. I mean, who doesn’t like a bit of Hot, Hot, Hot?