Benefit concert for Dominica in Festival Village on Saturday

POSTED: 09/28/15 6:45 PM


Original Bouyon PioneersThe Original Bouyon Pioneers will be part of the benefit concert on Saturday. Photo Facebook

St. Maarten – After the recent passing of Tropical Storm Erika which devastated the Nature Island of Dominica that Island has seen massive efforts to help it cope and recover from the loss of life, loss of property, roads, schools and infrastructure on an almost worldwide Level, From France to China, from Canada to Sweden and the Netherlands, from USA to Britain and others too numerous to mention.

The entire Caribbean community has also played their part with the Jamaican government recognising the gravity of the situation and immediately donating one hundred thousand dollars US to assist. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela provided Helicopters which were used to reach villages cut off because of bridges being washed away. As is with every disaster it takes time for normalcy to return but Dominica will return as the relief effort is continuing.

Through the efforts of some hardworking and dedicated local Dominican nationals the relief effort continues through a Benefit Concert for Dominica aptly called Bouyon for Dominica scheduled for this upcoming Saturday at the Festival Village. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to finish at 3 a.m. the next morning.

The headline acts are the “Original Bouyon Pioneers”, which are the founding members of WCK band, the Midnight Groovers, the legendary Dominican Band from Grand Bay lead by the inspirational king of cadence “Chubby”, and the Lady of Dance Ophelia Marie. From St Maarten King Beau Beau and King TMO, Rohie Ryddim, and the Explosion Band  will heat up the village with their pulsating sounds, upcoming Reggae Superstar from Anguilla “Omari Banks” is scheduled to make an appearance, so is DJ Biggers, DJ Steed, DJ Dave Knight, Reemo ,three time Calypso King of Dominica Young Bull and 4M Band.

The organizers of this concert, the Dominica Disaster Relief Committee, an offshoot of the Dominica Foundation is appealing to all Dominicans and residents to attend and make this a success.

The government has made the Festival Village available free of charge for the concert.  Many Radio stations on St Maarten, PJD2/PJD3, Laser 101, Pearl FM, SOS Radio and LA VOIRE   101.5 FM have donated their time and free ads to make this venture a success.

The organization urges visitors to bring canned food stuff, water and other non-perishable food items, and diapers. The collected items will be sent to Dominica. Visitors can also make cash donations.

There will be food and drinks on sale, and there are activities for the kids.

This event is coproduced by Xtratight Entertainment and Rohie Rohan Williams and is sponsored by Sound 2000, Winair, Oyster Bay, Rohie Ryddim, Youth Radio and La Voire FM and SOS Radio.




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