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Jun 14, 2017

Yasser Musa: Heritage Bill Will Not Invest in Artists

Yasser Musa

Former President of the National Institute of Culture and History, Yasser Musa, a teacher and artist in his own right, took jabs today at the Government of Belize, calling a proposed Heritage Bill a fraud.  The Heritage Preservation Legislation Bill seeks to get millions of dollars in funding from the Taiwanese Government to preserve colonial buildings in Belize City.  Musa believes that there is a disconnect in the form in which funding is being spent. Instead of investing in culture and the creative arts for the development of individuals and their talent, money is being spent on infrastructural works. Musa condemned the Bill, calling on Musical Ambassador Shyne Barrow, to take a stand against these cement projects and for investment in musicians and artists.  


Yasser Musa, Former President, NICH

“It is no secret that I am a very strong critic of the way the government right now conducts its business culturally. Their institution that it calls NICH is in a coma; they have a poverty of imagination. Why do I say this? Because if you speak to any artist on the real, they will say that they don’t feel as if they are being including in the unleashing of creativity in this country. And in a couple weeks, the government will pass yet another Bill/Law, called the Heritage Law, that will allow the mayor of this city to spend millions of dollars, I think it is ten million that they are going to borrow; I think it is from Taiwan, and again, they are going to spend it on colonial projects…old ideas—putting money into cement rather than building up the people, rather than investing in the musicians, in the writers, in the artists, in the poets, in the people, researches; people who are putting out real authentic original works of creativity. To me we have spent enough time and enough years and way too much millions on infrastructure and now it is time to spend the money on the people. That’s why I condemn that Bill completely and today as you noticed in the audience was somebody from the government side, the Ambassador for Music, and I called on him publicly to consider looking into the face of your own government and asking them to stand up for the musicians of the country by investing in the people rather than in this project.”

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1 Response for “Yasser Musa: Heritage Bill Will Not Invest in Artists”

  1. CLUE says:

    Yasser my buddy, you just went way over these idiots’ heads. They don’t think that far, even the mayor, who’s so highly educated. If no one has realized it as yet, this government has been borrowing for years to cover their systematic hustling and corruption. Their “Cement Mentality” is to cover these wanton acts of corruption and ROBBING “PETER TO PAY PAUL.” Borrow twenty million dollars, construct some nonsense that lasts five years that cost ten million and hustle the remainder. They wanted to improve on colonial buildings and preserve; look at Paslow building, look at where the old markets were, especially the one at bridge foot. This bunch of illiterates have absolutely no idea of what culture is. Culture for them is dancing in the streets drunk and disorderly like that CRACK HEAD does every TENTH OF SEPTEMBER, When you go to a lot of these different islands, their market place is so much different; some are real nice and some are small. However, it’s the location and the set-up which make the difference. People use them not only as a shopping venture, but also as means of socializing. You know you’ll meet someone out there that you haven’t seen in a while and you’ll shop and converse. Who the hell wants to stay any longer than they should on that canal side with busses and vehicles running over you, traffic blocked off and the dilapidated state it’s in; needles saying the propensity for crime to happen?

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