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Courtney Noel (right) hands over his CD to CNN creator of ASPIREs, Neal Weinberg, while MTV Networks Screen, Creative Director / Series Producer, Raeshem NiJhon look on after a panel discussion on human trafficking on World TV Day at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.
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Entertainer Courtney Noel, an award-winning lyricist, producer and writer of one of Guyana’s most loved songs, “Arrowhead!” (I Love my Golden Arrowhead) said he was very privileged to sit in on a discussion that involved the United Nations endeavoring to partner with Hollywood to highlight human trafficking among other topics, with actress Serinda Swan of HBO’s show ”Ballers,” and Marvel’s “Inhumans.” He said that he was inspired by the activist’s impassioned discussion on this particular platform, and her charity — www.deedly.com.

Noel who on Nov. 21 attended the United Nations World TV Day, noted he had the unique opportunity to present his CD “A Child Should Be” (a song for the world’s children) to Neal Weinberg who helped create CNN’s “ASPIREist,” which features superstars such as George Clooney.

The screen writer whose niece Ebonee Noel is heating up the TBS series “Wrecked,” as well as the Shonda Rhimes produced show “Still Star Crossed” said his song about the “plight of children in the world,” as well as the script for his first movie “Similar Differences” (an inter-racial romantic dramedy set in Guyana and the United States) were timely to programs spotlighting global issues through entertainment coordinated by MTV Networks Screen Raeshem NiJhon, creative director and series producer, and Carlos Islam of the United Nations Department of Public Information who were also on the panel.

With scores of recordings in his repertoire, Noel, who, produced and directed the music video “Chutney Gyal!” featuring Guyanese Chutney superstar Terry Gajraj in Guyana last July, due for a Georgetown release over the Christmas season, will begin filming another video entitled “GT Woman,” while there.

This production will pay tribute to Guyanese women in the arts and culture, business, politics, sports, medicine and peace keeping while showcasing the legendary beauty of Guyanese women, as well as the country’s breathtaking panoramic vistas, majestic Kaieteur Falls, and stunning rainforest. With this stirring production on tap, Noel said he wanted to captivate tourists, as well as entice homesick expatriates who have not visited their homeland in many years.

The filming of the video will begin the moment Noel disembarks the plane at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and will include locations such as Linden, Plaisance, Bartica and Mazaruni, where the producer hopes to capture the lives of women in their natural environment. He has pinpointed Aruwai Resort White H2O, on the Essequibo River, where salient elements of the video will be shot as “a director’s dream locale.”

The budding movie actor, producer and director, said he was looking forward to partnering with beverage giant, Demerara Distilleries Limited (DDL), as well as other local businesses to realize the diverse production in Guyana.

And while Courtney is expanding his entertainment portfolio, he said it is important for his fans, who, love “Arrowhead! (I love my Golden Arrowhead), to know that he deeply appreciates that they have popularized the patriotic track, but would like them to know he has also written and recorded many other Songs which he hopes Deejays would play on Guyana’s airways to bring listening pleasure to his growing audience.

“Hopefully, people will eventually realize there is more to me than “Arrowhead!” (I love my Golden Arrowhead”). I am not a “one -trick pony,” quipped, Noel, who added that he would like to thank his production crew, Darrel Pugsley (AD / videographer and editor); make-up artiste, MOA; Carol Fraser, costume designer, and Shellon Smith of Miracle Hands Designs, coordinator.

To hear some of Noel’s songs, go to www.SoundCloud.

Updated 2:47 pm, December 4, 2017
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