Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, spoke about the impact that Mr Program had on the music industry. He stated that the talented artist represented all that music should be about, including hard work and belief in one’s craft. He also spoke about how difficult it is to make it big in the music industry.
Shyne Barrow, Music Ambassador: “This is a devastating loss. My deepest sympathies to the Alamilla family. You know Mr.Program was such a humble, hard working, extremely talented musician and I had so much admiration for him because he really epitomizes the true creative you know. He’s an artist as they would say he’s a purist, he really just loved to make music and he just you know no matter what he sells his little CDs, you’d see him around humbly. He would come into my office and get assistance towards the manufacturing and the distribution of his product and such a gentle, charming young man who has been doing it for quite some time you know since the early 2000’s and I just really admire his drive and his commitment to his craft and to his passion because you know he has never necessarily you know I think gotten the break that his talent deserves but so is the creative industry. Some of the greatest creatives never make it mainstream, commercial but that doesn’t take away from their legacy and their greatness and Mr.Program is one of those. Maybe he may not have sold millions of records like a Shyne Barrow, he may not have had you know the pop success of a Supa G or an Andy Palacio but that does not diminish his legacy of greatness and just consistency and commitment and love for the sport of music. Jay Z used to sell records out of his trunk, Reckless and Supa G all of these guys took their careers into their own hands and that is how I know him. I would go to get food and he would be at the food place selling his CD. I would go to tourist village he would be there selling his CD again, I admire that because I was fortunate to come up in the mainstream music business in the US, the biggest music market in the world and I almost feel guilty that I was so blessed and so fortunate to have sold millions of records and been able to generate millions of dollars but that is not what being a musician is about. What being a musician is is Mr.Program.”