The leading and most long-standing promoter of Belizean music on Belize’s airwaves, Tony Wright, has been recognized by the Belizean community in the United States for his unwavering contributions to the industry.
This past weekend in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Albert Anthony Wright, known as Tony Wright, received a certificate of recognition from the Consul General of Belize in Los Angeles, Roland Yorke.
Ambassador Yorke recognized Wright for his advocacy work for Belizean musicians, and the contributions he has made as a talk show host in Belize. Wright, throughout the years, has helped to ensure that more Belizeans know about the history of music in Belize and the cultural history of music, and Mr. Yorke recognized Tony Wright for this aspect of his contributions.
The crowing recognition for the talk show host/entertainer was, however, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Clement & ER Entertainment in association with RAMMA Productions, Belizean entertainers in the US.
The plaque was presented to him for 15 years of stellar dedication to music, for providing local musicians with a greater sense of respect for their craft.
They lauded Wright for his outstanding contribution to the Belizean music industry, and noted him as one of the leading singers in Belize, songwriter, radio disc jockey, community worker, storyteller, poet and writer since 1966.
Also featured at the events in Los Angeles/Las Vegas was Supa G, who was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event in Vegas, on Saturday, April 24, served as a kind of Punta Rebels Reunion, said Wright. Other entertainers at the event were Lloyd Augustine, Skull, Danky Man, Garif, and others.
Tony Wright wrote and performed a new song in Vegas. He originally named it “Bashment in Vegas,” but his fans renamed it “We Straight!”
“The show was really great,” said Wright. “It was the first time they [Supa G and the crew] saw their names in lights in Las Vegas on the billboard.”
Between 400 and 500 Belizeans attended the event with friends and fans from the US.
With the advent of streaming Internet access, KREM has been able to reach a community well beyond Belize’s borders. “KREM is the boss in LA,” said Wright. Many Belizeans met him in person or called to say they listen to KREM. Wright said, “I felt good about that.”
Wright returned to Belize along with Augustine on Monday, April 26.
On February 2, 1995, Tony Wright debuted on the show, Belize Musicians Past and Present. At the time, Wright and his co-host, JC Arzu, played music predominantly from cassette tapes and records.
The KREM Radio show later inspired the creation of a new entity – the Association for Belizean Artists First (ABAF), which Wright heads.
Wright’s show continues in a class of its own, giving artists the opportunity to showcase their talent as well as tell their story.
Story courtesy Amandala