"Arrowhead, I love my golden Arrowhead..." who can forget those words? Courtney Noel's patriotic song became an anthem that was heard on the lips of the smallest child. This year, the overseas-based Guyanese singer is back with "Pride (Is what I feel Inside)", which is not just a song, but a massive project that includes a 12-minute video.
Noel told The Scene this week that he was still seeking sponsors for the venture that was expected to cost some $2 million. Nevertheless, he was forging ahead with the project, which includes on site filming at Baganara Island Resort, the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Iwokrama and Kaieteur Falls.
Down the road, Noel sees the video being shown on planes and at trade and tourism shows as part of a 'sell Guyana' package. He had originally planned to premiere the video on Independence Day at the National Cultural Centre.
In the meanwhile, he was also very busy putting the finishing touches to his song "Creation of a Nation", which he has done specifically for independence and was recording on the same day he spoke to The Scene this week. He has also just finished recording "Don't Give it to the Children", a UNICEF project which addresses prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
And when he sings: "We got our problems like everyone else//Before you point fingers look at yourself//We're a young nation growing fast//Embracing the future respect the past..." with the same passion and fervour that comes over in "Arrowhead", there is no doubt that Noel does indeed feel the pride.