[Sounni] You are the Executive Producer of Alfmar
Records, what are your
[Maggie] Production, promotion, management, advertizing, and
[Sounni] How long have you been part of the Alfmar family?
[Maggie] 15 years
[Sounni] How did you get started in the music business?
[Maggie] My husband Tonca is a reggae artist, and I
began helping him develop his
career soon after we met.
[Sounni] How did Alfmar Records get started?
[Maggie] Alfmar Records was conceived as an independent
label to promote Tonca &
Friends around 1984.
[Sounni] What genre of music do you specialize in?
[Maggie] Conscious reggae (roots reggae)
[Sounni] What makes your music different?
[Maggie] Tonca's voice is unique and raspy, while his
conscious lyrics don't focus
on rastafarianism, but on promoting global unity and peace.
[Sounni] How many artists are signed to the label?
[Maggie] One act: Tonca & Friends
[Sounni] Does the label have any new releases out now?
[Maggie] The latest was Committed to Jah, released in
'96 - another is due out
[Sounni] What message if any do the artists try to convey through
[Maggie] Love, togetherness, living life the best way for
humanity and our
precious resources, and seeing through the political movements of our
leaders to their underlying objectives.
[Sounni] Has Alfmar records had the success anticipated?
[Maggie] It's looking more fruitful all the time.
[Sounni] Alfmar Records is based in St. Maarten, is reggae the
preferred genre of
[Maggie] Reggae is one of the preferred genres, along with
many others such as
soca, calypso, cadance, zouk, merengue, salsa, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.
[Sounni] What is the music scene like in St. Maarten, is Hip Hop
[Maggie] Hip hop is well accepted by the youth - otherwise
the music scene is most
lively and energetic around Carnival time (mid April to early May), and
then quiets down during the rest of the year, with the odd
visit by such stars as Goofy & Red Rat, Beenie
Man, Buju Banton and
Bounty Killer. We often host a Jazz Festival here as well.
[Sounni] What do you look for in singing an artist?
[Maggie] Potential and quality of message and music.
[Sounni] Where do you see reggae heading in the next few years?
[Maggie] Picking up - it seems that every band nowadays has
at least one reggae
tune in its repertoire.