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crowd at Creole in the park 2009

Thousand of music lovers packed the Botanical Gardens Thursday for the forth and final day of the 2009 LIME Creole in the Park.

It’s been an amazing four days of Creole Food, Art & Craft, Creole Music and Culture, there were a few challenges this year including the weather.

The final day kicked-off with performances by Genesis Steel Pan, Karifuna Cultural Group, Nature Boys Band, and Dominican reggae artist Harry Mo.

Following Harry Mo was DJ Midian and then the long anticipated performance by the TripleKay International, who didn’t disappoint their huge fanbase who came out to support. Next on stage was Ziggy Rankin alongside Tempo.

creole in the park

performers at Creole in the park 2009

The final performance came from Internationally acclaimed Jamaican reggae artist Cecile, who brought down the curtains on LIME Creole in the Park 2009 with a phenomenal performance.

Cecile at Creole in the Park 2009

As I concluded our coverage of Creole in the Park 2009, I think it’s fair to say that everyone who came out enjoyed myself and had a good time sharing great experiences.

To all the Dominicans in the diaspora and foreigners, who were unable to be here to share the fun and excitement – I hope our coverage of Creole in the Park 2009 helped in anyway. With that said, I encourage you to continue visiting Dominica-Weekly.com for more coverage of Dominica’s 31st Independence Celebrations.

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cool steel, Pointe Michel Cultural Group and Kross Vybes

The crowds continued to pour into the Botanical Gardens on day three of LIME Creole in the Park as local reggae band Caribbean Vibes, Midnight Groovers, Claudette “CP” Peter and Taxik Band out off Antigua were set to the stage.

Day three started off with performances by the Cool Steel, Pointe Michel Cultural Group, Kros Vybes, and the Waitukubuli Dance Company.

Following the Waitukubuli Dance Company was Caribbean Vibes – one of Dominica’s more popular reggae bands. Their assorted brand of somewhat conscious roots-reggae music, but with hint of R&B dominated the stage and whatever else was going on around the park at the time.

Waitukubuli Dance Company

Caribbean Vibes

King Josiah and Claudette “CP” Peters alongside the Taxik Band out of Antigua continued the afternoon with their brand of lively and uptempo soca music had the crowd moving and shaking.

Claudette peters and the taxik-band of Antigua

Midnight Groovers was the final act of the night. The Kings of Cadence Music entertained the massive crowd with some sweet Cadance music – the type of performance that could only be described as “epic” in the eyes of foreigners and local patrons.

midnight groovers performing at creole in the park

Stay turned to find out what happens on the final day of LIME Creole in the Park 2009.

Here are some snapshots from around the park on day three…Enjoy!

Dominican souvenirs

 company booths at creole in the park

Dominica souvenirs

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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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