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Roots Reggae Superstar Nasio Fontaine

“The music is important; I want my music to be my contribution to the people of the world.” – Nasio Fontaine

It’s such a thrill to share with you this interview with one of Dominica’s International heroes, Roots Reggae superstar Nasio Fontaine.

Born to a Carib Indian mother and father of African descent, in the village of Carte-Bois (Bagatelle), located on the Southeastern coast of Dominica, Nasio grew up in a one room wooden country house without running water or electricity.

To this day, Nasio has remained true his up bringing, and continues to live a simple life – as a farmer, husband, musician, teacher, and as a Rasta.

With albums like Reggae Power (1994) was followed by Wolf Catcher (1997), Revolution (1999), Living in the Positive (2004), and Universal Cry (2006); reggae music lovers from all over the world have grown to love Nasio’s name, his voice and his conscious reggae lyrics – that speaks of revolution, of waking up the sleeping consciousness of oppressed and freedom for loving people across the Earth.

In this interview, Nasio talks about:

  • What started him on the road to Reggae Music
  • Rastafarism, Dreadlocks and Reggae Music
  • The Rights of Musicians, and advice to up-and-coming singers
  • His love for Dominica and advice for travelers visiting Dominica
  • What he has coming up in near future, including his next musical video

We at Dominica Weekly were fortunate enough to have spend an entire day with Nasio and his wife Helen Fontaine.

In our interview we tried to keep the questions to a minimum, avoid repeating too much of what is already available on the internet, and got a little more personal to give you the readers a more in depth insight into the life of Nasio Fontaine – who lives his life according to the teaches of Jah (God), and uses his music to speak to all Jah children.

Plz note: Due to the length of the interview – it was broken up into 5 parts to avoid load problems with persons without slower internet connection. We hope you enjoy this interview!

Part 1:Nasio talks about his life as a Reggae Artist and the path which lead to reggae music.

Part 2: He comments on the topic of Rasta, Dreadlocks and Reggae Music.

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Liverpool sound city 2009

By chance, if you’re near the St Peter’s Square in Liverpool, England on Saturday 23rd May from around 12noon to 7pm – go checkout Nelly Stharre and Nasio Fontaine live at the LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY 2009.

It’s a free event, so please go out and show your support to two of Dominica’s top musicians. For more information visit Liverpool Sound City 2009 website.

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If you’re one of the many Dominicans who couldn’t get back home to join in the Reunion Independence Celebrations, here is a short taste of Carimi performance on the opening night of this year World Creole Music Festival.

Some of other bands who performed on the opening night were Grammacks –the New Generation, Oliver N’Goma, Nasio Fontaine, and WCK.

This is maybe Carimi’s third or fourth appearance at the WCMF, and with hits like “Player,” “Chagrin Criminel,””Are You Ready,” and “I Wanna Be” has been topping the charts all over the world in places such as Haiti, Guadaloupe, Paris, and of course Dominica.

So if you’re fan of Carimi, but couldn’t make it to the Creole Festival this year, here is small taste of what you missed on the opening of the 2008 World Creole Music Festival…Enjoy!


Video by Simone Senhouse via caivideos.ning.com.

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