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Dominica Carnival Queen Contestants 2011

Seven beauties from various parts of Dominica will be competing for the converted title of Miss Dominica 2011.

The contestants are (left to right) are Ruth Augustine (Kingshill), Jacintha Fagan (Checkhall), Nasha Faustin (Morne Prosper/Citronier), Cornillia Hazel (Goodwill), Michelle Joseph (Morne Bruce), Roselia Bazil (Capuchin), and Earlene Labassiere (Goodhope/San Sauveur).

The Miss Dominica 2011 Pageant is carded for March 4th.

Who will be the next Carnival Queen of Dominica? Your guess is as good as mine.

Vote for the Carnival Queen contestant you think will win the 2011 pageant in the poll below. Photography by Hyacinth Lawrence – Visit the Miss Dominica Pageant 2011 Facebook Page to view more of photos of the contestants.


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Dominica carnival revelers

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?

Share your opinion in the comments below.

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fanatik band at Dominica Carnival 2010

Dominica Carnival Monday 2010 kicked into high gear early Monday morning with the traditional J’Ouvert Morning Street Jump up, Ole Mas Parade, and ended with the annual T-shirt Band.

The weather cooperated this year and provided the requisite tropical heat to go along with the saucy dancing and the all rum drinking.

All in all, Carnival Monday was a day of smiles and good vibes. I can’t wait to see what happens on Carnival Tuesday — should be exciting!

As always, we will be posting/sharing photos and videos…so stay tuned.

Here are some fun scenes from Carnival Monday:

Dominica sensays

reveler at Dominica Carnival 2010

Dominica creole costumes

Dominica blackies

fanatik T-shirt Band

Check out this YouTube clip (teaser) from the Fanatik T-shirt Band…“Hold Em”

To see more Carnival Monday Photos »

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