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Once upon a time carnival in Dominica was dominated by upbeat/catchy calypso music, but in recent times, there has been pervasive growth of Bouyon music.

Now many of the carnival stakeholders, fear that in years to come, Dominica’s carnival may well be bombarded with bouyon beats while traditional calypsos could be relegated to the ‘also-ran’ category.

But some may see the influence of bouyon on carnival as a dynamic offshoot of carnival culture evolving. While others may see it as a threat to age-old customs and Dominica’s culture. keeping in mind that carnival was created by the people for the people.

========= My Opinion =========

Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with a bouyon bacchanal, as it has become an essential element of Dominica’s carnival provided it does not over-power calypso, and by extension, the other traditional culture.

Question: Is there enough room for a mutually beneficial co-existence of bouyon and calypso in Dominica’s carnival?

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Day one of LIME’s Creole in the Park is officially over as the Fanatik Band brought down the curtains with a fantastic performance to what is considered to be the largest turn-out on day one since the event started seven years ago.

Creole in the park (“An Explosion of Creole Food, Art & Craft, Creole Music and Culture“) was created from the need for a day event during Dominica’s National Independence Celebration, but now in its seventh year the family oriented four-day event has grown into an experience beyond words and day one was no exception.

Day one kicked-off with a strong cultural performance by the Giraudel Jing Ping Cultural Group as people started to assembled into the park. In the second act of the day was La Sel Diffewans, followed by a performance by Athie Martin and Friends – which was then followed by the official opening ceremony for LIME’s 2009 Creole in the Park.

giraudel jing ping cultural group

la-sel diffewans group

During the official opening ceremony musician and one of the originators of Bouyon music, Cornell “fingers” Philip, and the Dominica Folk Singers were the recipients of this year’s Creole Lifetime Awards.

Musician Cornell Philip

Dominica Folk Singers

Later, on stage was the young and excited XS Groove band, they were then followed by DJ Flip who warmed-up the massive crowd for the Bouyon Hustlers; the MFR Band out off Portsmouth, and then ever-energetic Sakis Lapo kabwit out off Grandbay serenaded the crowd with traditional drum rhythms. In the final performance on day one, Fanatik Band brought down the house with a versatile performance.

XS Groove Bank

MFR band

sakis lapo kabwit band

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