Rising Bouyon act Quan (Quan Denis) is thrilled that major Trinidadian acts who were in Dominica during the festive season, are loving his single “Take Your Woman” and even including the track on their performance set.
US-based Trinidad-born DJ and event promoter, DJ Private Ryan played the popular song while on stage at Flow’s Creole in the Park (CITP) on Wednesday 23rd October.
The song was also included in the high-energy set of Soca powerhouse couple Bunji Garlin and FayAnn Lyons, who performed at the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) on Sunday 27th October 2019.
With well-travelled acts like Asa Banton and the influence of Bouyon music pioneers like WCK, the genre is gaining more exposure and attracting major names in Soca.
In January 2019, the Bouyon fusion track “Famalay” recorded by Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Skinny Fabulous and topped the iTunes world music chart, surpassing sales by legendary Reggae act Bob Marley.
The song was produced by Krishna “Dada” Lawrence of Dominica. Patrice Roberts also recorded “Dutty Bad” on the Simon Say Riddim produced by Lashley “Motto” Winter of St Lucia who has credited the Bouyon genre for influencing St. Lucia’s own Denrey Segment.
With the growth of the genre it’s understandably an exciting time for young artists like Quan who are riding this wave of exposure.
He is understandably thrilled by the recognition and embracing of his song.
“Well for me as a young artist, it’s one thing for a major star or dj to like your music but to put it in their set, that’s a whole other level. I feel… I can’t even explain how I feel… I’m just proud.”
He believes it’s a big push not only for himself, but for Bouyon music and Dominica by extension.
“With artists at that level performing the music it can only lead to bigger things for Dominican artists. The whole world is hearing about and embracing Bouyon music.”
Quan, himself, touched the WCMF stage with a performance at the forecourt on Friday 25th October.
He performed “Take Your Woman” as well as other songs released this year including “Double Trouble,”
“Shake It” Ft Stryve Star, Sasa Sammy and Keks, “Corn,” and “One Pot,” featuring Keks.
Born in the community of Grand Bay, home to award-winning Bouyon Boss Asa Bantan, Quan is part of the collective known as Squad Chalè, which includes fellow Grand Bay natives Sasa Sammy (Samuel Jno. Lewis) and DJ CM (Carlie Martin), and most recently NikiBeef (Neckita Davis) of Citronier.
Squad Shale performed at CITP the same day as Private Ryan highlighting the releases of their individual members including “Roll Up” and “Cut Lose” by Sasa Sammy and DJ CM’s release, “Fete Train,” and “Roll on the Bumpa,” Ft. DeLuxe
The members wish to express thanks to the event organisers of Dominica’s two largest music festivals for the exposure.
“We want to publicly express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Ms. Marva Williams, her assistant Kerwin Jno. Baptiste and the rest of her Team at DFC as well as ferdina Frampton and the Team at Flow for giving us a chance to shine.” says Sasa Sammy who also performed at the WCMF Forecourt.
Signed to US-based label Optimistique Muzik, the group has been making waves this year on the Bouyon scene.
Next up for Quan and Squad Chalè is a performance at Carnimas on Thursday 26th December 2019. Quan is also working on the release of the video for “Double trouble.”
Video of Bunji Garlin performance featuring “Take your woman” by Quan
Renowned sports personality, Phillip Alleyne, laid to rest
9 hours ago
February 23, 2020
Catholic Priest Monsignor Eustace Thomas who was the main celebrant at the funeral mass of former cricket umpire and football referee Phillip Gregory Alleyne has expressed “disappointment” at the turnout at Alleyne’s funeral which was held on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Fatima Church in Newtown.
“What about us my dear friends, what about our sense of service, whatever job we have, do we enjoy it and work to the best of our ability, there are a number of professionals who don’t like what they are doing,” the priest said.
According to him they just come to work for the money but the late Phillip Alleyne was a hard working individual who believed in a “fair days’ work for a fair days pay.”
He said, that during the time of Phillip Alleyne, people played sports (cricket) for “love of country, for patriotism, they hardly got money, but that is not the case today,” Monsignor Thomas stated.
The late Phillip Gregory Alleyne he said placed priority on “God and service to country.”
“He was a man of spirituality, he enjoyed life, and he was a proud man,” he stated.
Roger Davis of the Windward Islands Cricket Umpires Association who also represented the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association described the late Phillip Gregory Alleyne as “a quiet giant.”
“This is indeed a sad occasion, we have lost a quiet giant, Phillip was like an institution…the news of his passing was not only shocking but regrettable, and his memories will always live with us. We take comfort in the fact that the consummate ease and none confrontational manner in which he took on life assignments were worthy attributes which we can adopt,” Davis stated.
His body was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.
He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Alleyne is the founding member of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Dominica Football Referees Association which he founded in 1968.
He also worked at the Roseau City Council holding several positions and finally ended his career in that institution as Town Clerk until his retirement in 1984 after serving the Council for 35 years.
Jude “Jaydee” Delauney, five years after he first entered the carnival calypso competition, has hit the jackpot. He delivered two sterling performances to outshine the nine other finalists at the finals held on Saturday night at the Windsor Park forecourt.
Former Calypso Monarch, Tasha ‘Tasha P” Peltier is to set the ball rolling in the much-anticipated Calypso Finals competition scheduled for later today at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
Next in line is De Webb, followed by Karessah, Jaydee, Bobb, De Hunter, De Healer, Observer, nine-time calypso King Dice and finally, newcomer, St Lucian, Fitzroy ‘Bingo’ Leon.
President of the Dominica Calypso Association, Davidson ‘Observer’ Victor has called on Dominicans to ensure that calypso, as an integral part of Dominica’s culture, remains part of the island’s landscape.
“The other music genres, they are nice; you can have a very good time on them but calypso takes time off to address the real hard issues pertaining to governance and also pertaining to other social ills that goes on within the society,” he said. “This is an art form we should never ever allow calypso not to be part of the landscape of Dominica, because calypso is a very integral part of the cultural aspect which really highlight a lot of the things a lot of people would like to say individually, but cannot say it.”
He said the fact that calypso provides calypsonians, one at a time, with a very valuable platform to be able to highlight something that impacts “so many people in just one song” and “we never allow us to lose that,” Victor stated.
Guest artists are reigning Road March King, Sour Sour, Inciter, Jamma B, Lady S, Tronada, a band from Grenada band called “Grenadian Invasion” and reigning Junior Calypso Monarch, Malik “De Examiner” Darroux.
The judging panel includes Chief Judge, Marlon Marie, Al Monelle, Nadine Riviere, Rena Stephens, Evelina Baptiste, Reginald Lafleur, Roland Royer, and Daniel Seraphine. The two reserve judges are Eustace Thomas and Davidson Lloyd.
Tickets cost $80 standing and sitting $125.
Tickets are available at Bull’s Eye Pharmacy in Goodwill, J&P Pharmacy in Roseau, Fone Shack in Portsmouth and the Dominica Calypso Association (Calypso House) in Bathe Estate.
The show begins at 8:30 pm and will be carried live on Comesee TV and Vibean TV.