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Two of Dominica’s creole music icons to take the stage at WCMF 2019 – Dominica News Online

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Creole music icons Ophelia and Linford “Acrab” John will join Cadence-lypso legend, Gordon Henderson, when they take the stage on Night Two of the 21st Edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, scheduled for October 25 to 27, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

Ophelia, who is celebrating 40 years of music, is freshly back from delivering a memorable performance at the Carifesta XIV in Trinidad & Tobago. The Lady of Song, the award-winning singer who has represented Creole Music over those past four decades with great aplomb and style, is re-connecting with fans of the festival in a genre that is synonymous with the event and has helped to shape it over these past twenty-two years. She is expected to deliver another powerful performance much like she did on her last appearance in 2016, with her vast repertoire and on-stage spectacle. The singer who has brought us classics like “Aye Domnik”, Marche con Antillais, Chanson d’armour, Manman pas Plere, Mwen ni un Vengeance and Mwen kay Helay continues to reinvent herself, and her fans and festival patrons are sure to be dazzled by this ageless superstar.Ophelia, Dominica’s Lady of Song together with Linford John will form part of the Cadence All Stars, joining the legendary Gordon Henderson, to perform on Saturday 26th October, in what is expected to be the magical night of this year’s WCMF. These two Cadence-lypso icons who will bring more than 80 years of combined musical power to the stage of this renowned festival, will appear on the same night with Reggae Dancehall legend, Buju Banton, Bunji and Fay-Ann Lyons, the Zouk All-Stars, Extasy Band and Triple Kay, to create possibly one of the biggest-ever nights at the WCMF.

Linford John

Linford John who is the former front-man for Bill-O-Men, a 1970’s Cadence band, and is considered one of Dominica’s best ever vocalist, will bring to the stage his powerful vocals, smooth stage presence and dynamic personality. Together with other Dominican musicians such as Fred Nicholas, George “Zyro” St. Hillaire, Roger Aaron and Andrew “ Bird” Bellony, they teamed up with the late Bill Thomas, to create the highly versatile Bill-O-Men, one of the greatest ever Cadence bands which unfortunately only stayed together for just about two years.   Linford’s vocal prowess in the French Antilles, having also played with 70’s popular Martiniquan band, Simon Girard, made him an early choice to lead the legendary Kassav.  The Salisbury native, who is now based in the USA and still plays music, is from a generation of musicians who gave Dominican music its distinctive sound and world-class character. Known for his vocals on such hits as Voisine, Marie Claude, Mon Dieu, Ma Famille et Moi, and Greve General with his Bill-O-Men bandsmates, he promises festival patrons more magic and more nostalgic moments to savour and take back with them long after the festival is over.

This dynamic threesome, The Cadence All Stars, are sure to leave their mark and to keep patrons singing, dancing and reminiscing on more than 40 years of this musical genre that has given Dominica its voice, style and an international appeal in the music world.





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Dominican confirmed as Antiguan commissioner of Police

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Dominica’s Atlee Patrick Rodney has been confirmed as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Rodney is originally from the northern village of Savanne Paille which is located near Calibishie.

The announcement came Wednesday 19th February, during a Senior Administrative Meeting at Police Headquarters.

Commissioner Rodney met with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, where he was served with his letter of appointment, effective November 25th 2019.

Rodney, who has 38 years’ service within the organization acted in the position for a little more than 22 months before his confirmation.

His opportunity arose after the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson.

Robinson, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was on suspension since April 15th, 2018, when the Police Service Commission in Antigua began an internal investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct by male colleagues under the commissioner’s care.

The investigation later led to charges being brought against him and Rodney has been acting in the Police commissioner role ever since.

The newly appointed commissioner used the opportunity to encourage the men and women under his command to remain committed and united in their efforts to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer nation.





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Dominican actress shines in the US

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Dominican actress shines in the USAnother daughter of the soil has made her country proud in a field that few Dominicans pursue. Disnie Sebastien, fondly known as Myan to family and friends in Dominica, is the daughter of Riviere Sebastien and Annette Austrie and resided…

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Deniscia Laurent wins Ms DSC Jamboree; Sheldon Piper is DSC top male model

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Deniscia Laurent, Law Enforcement Major has captured the title of Miss Mas Jamboree 2020 whilst NarZym Sheldon Piper an Entrepreneurship Major emerged winner of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Miss Mas Jamboree Pageant was held on Tuesday February 18th 2020 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt.

The 2nd Runner Up went to Kayjah Charles and 1st Runner up went to Dainisha Eusebe.

Carsim Brimingham emerged 1st Runner up of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Result of the Pageant is as follows:

Miss Photogenic – Dainisha Eusebe

Miss Amity – Aaliyah Alexander

People’s Choice – Kayjah Charles

Best in Runway – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Talent – Dainisha Eusebe

Best in Evening Wear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Evening Wear – Deniscia Laurent

Best in Swimwear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Thematic Wear – Kayjah Charles

Best Response to Question – Kayjah Charles

Meantime, Mr. DSC Modeling Competition was a new addition to the pageant where four young men participated.

Director of Students Activities at the DSC, Trudy Christian said that “the male aspect of the show was included to encourage more guys to come out to Mas Jamboree”.

Christian said that pageantry is mainly viewed as a female event.  However, they wanted participation from the entire student body.

“We wanted to really have participation from the whole student body, I think the male competition did exactly what we intended it to do it brought out a bigger crowd to Mas Jamboree 2020” she said.

Furthermore, Christian said that the pageant continues to make a significant contribution to Dominica’s carnival.





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