Organizer of the Papa Creole Extravaganza, Leroy “Wadix” Charles has said that the upcoming ‘Papa Creole’ concert is going to be an historic and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
He spoke at a press launch of Papa Creole at FlOW’s conference room on May 29th, 2019.
“This historic and once in a lifetime concert was conceptualized by myself and Val Cuffy while reminiscing on the Mama Creole project…we thought it was important to do this major production because there are some trail blazers [who] for the first time in Dominican history will be on one stage. It’s an expensive project but we felt it important because there a few gentlemen who have revolutionized creole music,” Charles stated.
He mentioned some of the main acts which will be performing and their contributions to Dominica’s musical history.
“What we are going to demonstrate on the 15th has never been documented in Dominica’s history. Chubby (Phillip Mark) will also be celebrating 50 years in music, his younger brother Marcel Mark, almost 50 years and one of the most holistic song writers, Halibut, formally of Belles Combo, will be celebrating 46 years, original WCK 32 years and if you combine my 40 years, Mr. Mixx 35 years….so almost 300 years. The energies, the intellectual properties of some of our finest acts on one stage for the first time,” he said.
He added “Just imagine the multitudes in one space and historically celebrate Father’s Day like no other in the Windsor Park. We were called to this particular forefront of a platform to make this happen. And we want to thank all the partners thus far, for coming on board and looking forward to more, because this undoubtedly is a national event. It may not be organized by a national organization or institution but it is a national event.”
Charles said he is looking to the authorities to endorse this project as this is something never documented before.
Meantime, Event Promoter of Papa Creole Festivals Val Cuffy called on the leaders of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the United Workers Party (UWP) to purchase tickets for the Dominica state college students to attend the show.
He said with about 200 plus years of music going to be on one stage, Papa Creole creates an opportunity to create a cultural musical lesson for this generation in order for them to understand “where our music was, where it went to and where it has to go.”
“We are in election season now, I want to challenge the political leader of the DLP, I want to challenge the political leader of the UWP,” Cuffy stated. “There are about two thousand students at the state college, go buy tickets for them, its only $50 and get every student at the college to come to witness this musical class that is second to none. Put your money where your mouth is; we can save a generation if we show them what is important to us.”
Cuffy encouraged Dominicans to not let politics divide them, and to bring their children to experience the performances at the concert.
Among the artists that will be highlighted at the show are Gordon Henderson and Exile One, Chubby Phillip Mark and Midnight Groovers, original Bouyon Pioneers (original WCK) and Prince Wadix.
The show is scheduled to take place at Windsor Park Stadium forecourt on Saturday, June 15th (Father’s day) from 9 pm.
Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland
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February 20, 2020
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said heads of government of CARICOM have expressed their “overwhelming” support for the renewal of the term of office for Secretary General Baroness Scotland.
Scotland, a Dominican by birth is under pressure from the international community to resign from her position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
But Skerrit who spoke on the sidelines of the Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, said the grouping is standing behind Scotland.
He said at the meeting, heads of governments also expressed their gratitude for her achievement during her tenure.
“Heads of governments expressed our gratitude for the range of activities undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat whose added value redounded to the benefit of small island and low lying coastal developing states,” he said.
According to Skerrit who has been one of Scotland’s main supporters, the heads of government also expressed support for the renewal of the term of office of the secretary general.
“We do hope that when we meet in Rwanda, the current holder of the post of secretary general will receive a second term in that very important office,” he said.
Skerrit said heads of CARICOM also engaged Scotland “directly and frankly” on the issues leveled against her in the media.
But he said CARICOM remained satisfied and accepted the responses given by her as “legitimate”.
The questions about Scotland’s future leadership of the Commonwealth came after she was criticized by internal auditors last November for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by her friend.
The audit committee report also found that the Secretariat had no register of either tender waivers or conflicts of interest and was unable to explain why not.
That committee also identified 50 occasions between July 2015 and June 2018 when the usual procurement tenders had been waited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Baroness Scotland has always denied any wrongdoing
Scotland’s four-year term of office as secretary general comes to an end next month.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be backing moves to persuade Amina Mohamed, a 58-year-old Kenyan politician, to challenge Baroness Scotland if she refuses to stand down.