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Archive for October, 2008


cable and wireless VIP booth at creole in the Park 2008

In my second day covering Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park, I had the opportunity to check out some of my favorite artists/calypsoians in action from the Cable and Wireless VIP Booth. Thanks to my boss, I got to hangout with the big-boys and have the VIP girls addressing my every need. Hmmm… I could definitely get used to this VIP treatment. 😆

Day two started with performances by the Cool Steel Orchestra, La Sal Differwans (cultural group), and by one of Dominica’s young upcoming bands – Xcess Groove.

Next on the main stage was Reggae star Nelly Stharre, who in my opinion rocked the crowd with a number of her mega hits like Peace & love and Soul Country from her 2004 album, entitled ‘Soul County’.

VIP girls at the cable and wireless VIP booth at creole in the park 2008

La Sal Differwans cultural group at creole in the park

photo nelly stharre performing at Creole in the park 2008

The fifth act on the main stage was a joint collaboration between Clint, Nayee, and Lloydie; who captivated the crowd with hits from their personal albums and growing catalogue. After their awe-inspiring performance, I got a chance to meet-up with some of the guys at the Cable and Wireless booth. One of the questions that I asked the guys was around their performance in front a well diverse Dominican crowd. According to the guys – “we are just proud to be apart of CITP, and to be able to celebrate Dominica’s 30 years of independence together with the many Dominicans who returned home to celebrate the reunion”.

creole-in-the-park-stage

Cable and wireless creole vip booth

creole in the park 2008 crowd view

In the final performance of the day which was also on the main stage was the Reunion Calypso connection segment backed up by Dominica’s #1 party band- Swinging Stars, featured a star-studded lineup of calypsoians like the Duchess, Tarina, King Dice, Daddy Chess, Hunter, Observer, Karessah, Scrunter, Tokyo, Skakey, Rabbit, and Tranada.

tarina simon at creole in the park 2008

 veteran calypsoian Tokyo at Creole in the park 2008

Observer performance at CITP 2008

If is one thing I’ve learn from day two of Creole in the Park 2008, that it’s much better watching the performances from the VIP booth, and I guess the free drinks/food helps too. 🙂

Stay tuned to find out what happens on day three.

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photo of comfortel del champ in Portsmouth, Dominica

Editor’s Note:This is a Press Release From Comfortel De Champ – Portsmouth now has its Business Hotel.

A new quality hotel in Picard, Portsmouth has started operations recently. Comfortel De Champ offers accommodation to the tourist looking for quality rooms and especially to the business visitor looking for full facilities.

All 5 double rooms offer air-conditioning, ceiling fan, mini-bar, lcd-tv and personal safe. There is free wireless internet in all rooms and public areas and the business visitor can use high speed cabled internet, wireless printing and faxing and meeting facilities. The owners are experienced business travelers themselves and will help their guests with service and advise to make a business stay successful.

New hotel

Comfortel De Champ is new hotel in Picard, Portsmouth. It is small, just 5 double rooms, but offers a real 3-Star quality to the visitors of the North of Dominica. Located on the hill opposite of Ross University the hotel overlooks all of Prince Rupert Bay and Cabrits National Park.
An existing building has been renovated and extended into a comfortable accommodation. Brand new rooms with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, lcd-tv, mini-bar and personal safe give the guests a good level of comfort. The modern, spacious bathrooms have full glass face basins and top of the line massage showers. Every room has its own private balcony with a stunning sea-view.

Business visitors

Comfortel De Champ is located a five car minutes from the center of Portsmouth, just opposite of Ross University and at the crossroads to Cappuchin, Calibishi, Salisbury and Mero. Any one that has business to conduct in the North of Dominica will appreciate this location.

The hotel offers free wireless internet, cabled high speed internet at request and the possibility to print in color and b/w (wireless) plus an option to send and receive faxes. Meetings with prospects and customers can take place in the hotel. All rooms come with a local cell phone at no extra cost offering free calls to the hotel and between rooms. Incoming international calls to the rooms own number and prepaid calls at standard rates.

The owners, Hans Schilders and Lise van de Kamp, have extensive international business experience and can assist the visitors in many areas to get the best out of their business stay in Comfortel De Champ.

During the short time that Comfortel De Champ is open it has received business visitors from Japan, Germany, Holland and Dominica.

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2008 creole in the park rag

Day one of the 2008 Creole in the Park is officially over as WCK performed their last song sometime around 6:30pm.

Considering the fact that I’ve been to every Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park since the event originated six years ago. By now you would think that I’ve gotten over all the excitement, but as always Creole in the park is truly an experience beyond words and day one was no exception. It was so exciting to see friends I haven’t seen since at high school graduation . And I’ve to admit, its difficult remembering all their names or maybe I had too much beer – can’t blame me, its Reunion time baby! 😆 .

The Giraudel Jing Ping got things started off on the main sound stage with a strong cultural performance as crowd start to assemble into the park. In the second act of the day was Ray Holman, Athie Martin and Friends followed by a performance by the Paix Bouche Cultural Group – which was then followed by the official opening ceremony for Creole in the Park 2008.

giraudel-jing-ping band at creole in the park 2008

point-michel-cultural-group at creole in the park 2008

creole style hats

Later, on the main stage was some of Dominica’s Local Reggae Artists (Dr. Silk, Aima and Atunya) and was followed by the First Serenade band preforming some of their hit tracks from the pass. In the final performance of the day which was also on the main stage, WCK brought the house with an electrifying bouyon performance.

Doctor Silk at creole in the park 2008

 first serenade at Creole in the park 2008

As I concluded day one of the 2008 Creole in the Park, I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself, and the fact that I was able to meet-up with many Dominicans/friends I haven’t seen in a very long time made things even better. With that said, I encourage you to stay tuned for day two.

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