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Dominica’s Cruise Ship Schedule for 2016

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The cruise ship season usually runs from October to April and 2016 is no different from other years; the first ship will land on October 26, 2016 and the final ship for the season will and on April 15. 2017.

Dominica can expect to see approximately 133 scheduled cruise ship calls for the 2016/2017 season (based on information from www.cruisetimetables.com). Scheduled are cruise icons such as the Queen Mary 2 and crowd-favorites such as Jewel of the Seas. In all, we will be host to 33 ships from 18 different cruise companies.

Below I’ve laid out the Cruise Ship Schedule for 2016:

Date Ship Cruise Company

October 2016

Wednesday 26 Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises

November 2016

Wednesday 2 Britannia
Silver Whisper
P&O Cruises
Silversea Cruises
Thursday 3 Celebrity Summit
Norwegian Gem
Celebrity Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Monday 7 Mein Schiff 4 TUI Cruises
Wednesday 9 Azura
Celebrity Summit
P&O Cruises
Celebrity Cruises
Saturday 12 Royal Princess Princess Cruises
Monday 14 Britannia P&O Cruises
Wednesday 16 Serenade of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Thursday 17 Norwegian Gem Norwegian Cruise Line
Sunday 20 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Tuesday 22 AIDAdiva AIDA
Wednesday 23 Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises
Monday 28 Britannia P&O Cruises
Wednesday 30 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises

December 2016

Thursday 1 Norwegian Gem
Royal Clipper
Norwegian Cruise Line
Star Clippers
Friday 2 Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line
Sunday 4 Mein Schiff 5
Wind Surf
TUI Cruises
Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 6 AIDAdiva
TUI Discovery
AIDA
Wednesday 7 Celebrity Summit
Serenade of the Seas
Celebrity Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 9 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Wednesday 14 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Thursday 15 Grandeur of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 16 MSC Poesia
Royal Princess
MSC Cruises
Princess Cruises
Sunday 18 Mein Schiff 5
Regatta
Wind Surf
TUI Cruises
Windstar Cruises
Monday 19 Silver Spirit Silversea Cruises
Tuesday 20 AIDAdiva AIDA
Wednesday 21 Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises
Friday 23 Regal Princess Princess Cruises
Sunday 25 Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Cruises
Monday 26 Britannia P&O Cruises
Wednesday 28 Aurora
Queen Mary 2
Serenade of the Seas
P&O Cruises
Cunard Line
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Thursday 29 Jewel of the Seas
MS Rotterdam
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Holland America Line
Friday 30 MSC Poesia
Silver Spirit
MSC Cruises
Silversea Cruises
Friday 31 Insignia Oceania Cruises

January 2017

 Sunday 1 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Monday 2 Braemar
Wind Surf
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 3 AIDIdiva
Azura
Royal Princess
AIDA
P&O Cruises
Princess Cruises
Wednesday 4 Celebrity Summit  Celebrity Cruises
Thursday 5 Royal Clipper Star Clippers
Friday 6 MS Rotterdam Holland America Line
Monday 9 Azamara Quest
Britannia
Azamara Cruises
P&O Cruises
Tuesday 10 Braemar
MS Nieuw Amsterdam
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Holland America Line
Wednesday 11 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 13 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Sunday 15 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Monday 16 Royal Clipper Star Clippers
Tuesday 17 AIDAdiva AIDA
Wednesday 18 Serenade of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 20 MS Oosterdam Holland America Line
Sunday 22 Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line
Monday 23 Britannia P&O Cruises
Wednesday 25 Jewel of the Seas
Royal Princess
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Princess Cruises
Friday 27 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Saturday 28 Silver Wind Silversea Cruises
Sunday 29 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Monday 30 Royal Clipper
Wind Surf
Star Clippers
Windstar Cruises
Sunday 31 AIDAdiva
Ventura
AIDA
P&O Cruises

February 2017

Sunday 5 Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Line
Monday 6 Britannia P&O Cruises
Wednesday 8 Jewel of the Seas
Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 10 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Sunday 12 Mein Schiff 5
Royal Princess
Silver Wind
TUI Cruises
Princess Cruises
Silversea Cruises
Monday 13 Royal Clipper
Wind Surf
Star Clippers
Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 14 AIDAdiva AIDA
Thursday 16 Azura P&O Cruises
Monday 20 Britannia
MS Rotterdam
P&O Cruises
Holland America Line
Tuesday 21 Braemar Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Wednesday 22 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 24 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Sunday 26 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Monday 27 Royal Clipper
Silver Wind
Wind Surf
Star Clippers
Silversea Cruises
Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 28 AIDAdiva
TUI Discovery
AIDA
Thomson Cruises

March 2017

Wednesday 1 Seabourn Odyssey
Serenade of the Seas
Seabourn
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Saturday 4 Royal Princess Princess Cruises
Monday 6 Britannia
Seabourn Odyssey
P&O Cruises
Seabourn
Wednesday 8 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Thursday 9 MS Rotterdam Holland America Line
Friday 10 MSC Poesia MSC Cruises
Sunday 12 Britannia
Mein Schiff 5
P&O Cruises
TUI Cruises
Monday 13 Royal Clipper
Wind Surf
Star Clippers
Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 14 AIDAdiva AIDA
Wednesday 15 Azamara Quest Azamara Cruises
Thursday 16 Azura P&O Cruises
Sunday 19 Silver Wind Silversea Cruises
Monday 20 Seabourn Odyssey Seabourn
Wednesday 22 Jewel of the Seas
Serenade of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Friday 24 Royal Princess Princess Cruises
Sunday 26 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Monday 27 Wind Surf Windstar Cruises
Tuesday 28 AIDAdiva
TUI Discovery
AIDA
Thomson Cruises

April 2017

Monday 3 Seabourn Odyssey Seabourn
Wednesday 5 Jewel of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Sunday 9 Mein Schiff 5 TUI Cruises
Tuesday 11 Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises
Wednesday 12 AIDAluna
Serenade of the Seas
AIDA
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Saturday 15 Royal Princess Princess Cruises

 

Here’s a photo of the first cruise ship for the 2016/2017 season, the Celebrity Summit, as she moved towards the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth:

Celebrity Summit, Dominica
This is Dominica’s first cruise ship for the 2016/2017 season: the Celebrity Summit. The ship has a max occupancy of 2,449, a crew of 1,000 and was built in 2001.
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Dates to Remember for the 2016 Independence Season

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We’re halfway through the 2016 Independence Season so be sure to make a note of these important dates on your calendar!

Dominica's Independence Schedule 2016
Program of Activities for the remainder of the Independence Season 2016

Here are two more schedules that you’ll need to remember as well:

CITP 2016 Schedule

 

WCMF 2016 Schedule

Share these images with your social media followers so they can mark their calendars too!

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WCMF Spotlight on Le Grand Méchant Zouk

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Le Grand Méchant Zouk
Le Grand Méchant Zouk 2011 - Stade Pierre Aliker

Roseau, Dominica (October 21, 2016)  Le Grand Méchant Zouk or the Wicked Grand Zouk, was first introduced to the world in 1988 by the legendary Kassav band. Le Grand Méchant Zouk got their start through a live album of Kassav, where some of the greatest artists of the time collaborated on stage, accompanied by musicians from Kassav. The result was a phenomenal success and since then the idea has flourished.

Many of the live performances and recordings have helped propel their unique blend of zouk music to a new level, reaching out to music fans around the globe. Throughout the years, there have been many on-stage collaborations by various admired musicians.

The 2016 version of Le Grand Méchant Zouk will feature such artists as Jocelyne Beroard of Kassav, Luc Leandry, Jean Luc Alger, Georges Decimus, Catherine Thelamon, Paskal Vallot and Princess Lover along with other Kassav greats like Jean-Philippe Marthely and Jean-Claude Naimro. Backup musicians will include the great bassist Frederic Caracas and Kassav’s leader and guitarist, Jacob Desvarieux.

Get ready to be mesmerized by the melodious rhythms of Le Grand Méchant Zouk on Friday October, 28th at the World Creole Music Festival!

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital.  A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Enjoy Special Rates at Rosalie Bay Resort

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Rosalie Bay Resort has earned wide acclaim for its distinct offering as an eco-resort. As a result, the resort has been honored by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and was recently named a charter member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

To commemorate its annual reopening, Rosalie Bay Resort is offering reduced rates to Dominican residents.

The Offer

From October 11 to 28, Dominican residents will enjoy special spa discounts and local nightly rates. In a nutshell, here’s what you can expect:

  • An additional 20% off on all Gló Spa treatments
  • Pay EC $267 for a Garden View Room, inclusive of a Healthy Start continental breakfast.

For reservations please call (767) 446-1010.

I’ve included more information about the specials and other services available at Rosalie Bay Resort. Check it out below.

Gló Spa Specials

Locals pay the EC rate of all US-priced spa treatments. For example, the 60-minute Gló Signature Massage for US$75 is only EC$75 for locals at any time. The Gló Spa features a full menu of natural skin care products and farm-to-spa-table treatments using ingredients sourced from the resort’s organic garden and on island.

Eco Wellness Package

This package is designed for those who want to indulge in a wide range of exquisite wellness treatments to rejuvenate, refresh and detox from life’s daily hassles. This package is EC$300, inclusive of tax and service charge.

The package includes:

  • Gentle Hatha yoga
  • Rejuvenating full body massage (60 minutes)
  • Local nature walk highlighting medicinal plants
  • A healthy lunch
  • Access to the cardio and strength training room
  • Swimming in the onyx-lined outdoor pool
  • Kayaking and swimming in the Rosalie River
  • Relaxing in the resort’s Chartres Labyrinth

Resort Day Pass Rates

Spend the day relaxing at Rosalie Bay and enjoying all the amenities our resort has to offer. Day Pass hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Welcome non-alcoholic drink upon arrival
  • Delicious local lunch & dessert of the day (Fish or Chicken)
  • Two alcoholic cocktails & two non-alcoholic beverages
  • One 30-minute relaxing massage or pedicure
  • Complimentary use of our fully-equipped gym
  • Complimentary use of the pool
  • Use of Gardenview room for the day for changing (optional)

Price: EC$190 per person without changing room / EC$258 per person with changing room.

Resort Nightly Rates

All nightly rates are inclusive 10% government tax, 10% service charge, and include a healthy start continental breakfast.

  • Garden View Room: EC$326 now EC$267
    Each Garden view Superior Room includes a writing desk, bathroom with tiled walk-in rain shower and front porch with sitting area. Rooms are also interconnecting.
  • Junior Suite: EC$489
    Junior Suites overlook the gardens with ocean views from the veranda, each spacious Junior Suite features two queen beds or one king, writing desk, seating area and an expansive bathroom with a tiled walk-in rain shower and an oversized tub.

Dominica residents will receive 20% off the room rate for all other room categories. All prices are based on single or double occupancy.

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Summing Up

The specials are for a limited time only – October 11 to 28. So please take advantage of this opportunity and book your stay now!

Call (767) 446-1010 to make a reservation or inquiries.

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Festival Jam Session # 5 – Bouyon Wuk Up

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Roseau, Dominica (October 7, 2016) – World Creole Music Festival Jam Session #5 will feature one of Dominica’s unique musical genres – Bouyon. This week’s Festival Jam Session dubbed Bouyon wuk up will feature Xcess Groove and Clint H and friends.

Patrons of the Festival Jam Session will have the opportunity to win Festival tickets and prizes from sponsors Kubuli and Digicel. A Festival sing along competition will be held where participants will have to sing a verse or two of songs performed by artistes on the Festival lineup.

Festival Jam Session number 5 will take place on the Roseau Bayfront from 4 pm to 10 pm with Bouyon chef DJ Snow with sound powered by Arden Lights and Sound.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Flow reveals Creole in the Park lineup

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Flow's Creole in the ParkOn Thursday 6th October, Flow announced its lineup of performing artists for this year’s Flow’s Creole in the Park event (known as CITP).

CITP has become a staple of Independence celebrations in Dominica, and this year will be held from October 24 to 27 at the Botanic Gardens.

Expect to see some of Dominica’s top young artists and well as more established acts such as Triple Kay International, Midnight Groovers and the First Serenade Band.

Here’s the 2016 lineup for Flow’s Creole in the Park:

Day One Ultra Sound Band
Look-Us Band
Extasy Band
Midnight Groovers
Day Two Calypso Spectacular
Day Three Clint Henderson
Nayee and Friends
First Serenade Band
Triple Kay International
Tian Winter
Day Four Signal Band
Breve
Ibis Lawrence
Asa Bantan
Dexta Daps

This year marks the 13th edition of Creole in the Park. The event is known for more than its musical acts though. Patrons also look forward to the local food, crafts and manufacturers’ displays.

Enjoy this short preview of CITP. See you there!

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Teddyson John to Perform at WCMF

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Teddyson John
Teddyson “TJ” John recently won the award for ‘Best International Soca/Calypso Artist for 2016’ at the International World and Reggae Music Awards.

Roseau, Dominica (October 5, 2016)Teddyson John is all set to perform on night two of the World Creole Music Festival. The St. Lucian star will dazzle the crowd when he performs with Kes the Band at the Windsor Park Stadium on Saturday October 29, 2016.

Teddyson John’s popularity has risen with the release of his latest hit “Allez” on the airwaves.   The two time winner of St. Lucia’s Groovy Soca Monarch is sure to thrill fans with an upbeat and energetic performance.  Teddyson has performed with artistes such as Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Bebe Winans, Brick & Lace, as well as Destra and Machel Montano.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital.  A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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German Reggae Sensation Gentleman to Perform at WCMF

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In 2012 Gentleman won “Best Music Video” (for ‘Live Your Life’ with Richie Stephens) at the International Reggae and World Music Awards

Roseau, Dominica (October 5, 2016) – German born, reggae singer, Gentleman will perform at this years’ Dominica World Creole Music Festival when he appears on the festival stage at Festival City, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica, on Night Three, Sunday 30th October, 2016.

Gentleman who has garnered huge international attention for his conscious lyrics and a classic reggae style reminiscent of the late great Bob Marley, sings in the tradition of the great reggae lyricists on subjects of faith and spirituality. He sings both in English and Jamaican patois, the impact of his extensive travels to and from Jamaica for inspiration and sustenance for his musical career.

His appearance on stage is sure to create much excitement and have patrons singing along to his catalogue of hits.  The Cologne, Germany born singer whose real name is Tilmann Otto is currently signed to Universal Records and has produced several hits over the past several years. Gentleman is among the headliners at this year’s Festival and will be performing alongside other hit makers on the final night of the WCMF like Akon, Michele Henderson, Breve, Asa Banton and Haitian T-Micky.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital.  A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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The Original Bouyon Pioneers are back!

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Roseau, Dominica (September 22, 2016) – Many of the guys who created the last musical genre of the 20th century, the Bouyon music from Dominica are back together as the Original Bouyon Pioneers. The Original Bouyon Pioneers will give us one more sway when they perform on night one of the World Creole Music Festival on Friday 28th October at Festival City, Windsor Park Stadium Sports, Roseau, Dominica.

The Original Bouyon Pioneers, many of whom are the originators of the great bouyon rhythm (riddim) are back together after many years apart and will be among the highlights of what is expected to be one of the major nights of the 19th edition of the WCMF. The Pioneers who collectively helped give the world hit after hit from 1988 until the early 2000’s have in recent times been in great demand around the region for the Ole Skool music and the authentic bouyon riddim.

Original Bouyon Pioneers at WCMF 2016
The Original Bouyon Pioneers (left to right): Cornel “Fingers” Phillip, Ashton “Wakas” Lugay, Derrick “Rah” Peters and Irvin “Smokey” Phillip

The band which includes brothers Cornel and Smokey Phillip, the former who has become known worldwide as the musical mastermind behind the bouyon sound, Derrick “Rah” Peters, whose voice carries many of the big bouyon hits of the earlier period and Ashton “Wakas” Lugay, the guitarist who helped to create this unique sound, will join together to bring us the nostalgia and the songs which the generations of the last 30 years have come to love and enjoy.

The Original Bouyon Pioneers is about bringing back a sense of nostalgia and indulging in a feast of earlier bouyon songs which makes us sing and dance and to be happy that we experienced the music of the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Well known tracks include – Original Hold Them, Balance Batty, Follow the Leader, Conch Shell, Tou Chou Tou Flam, Pride and Joy, Marathon, Bouyon Connection, Set My People Free and more recently they created “Characters” and Jamin’ with Kurt Allen of Trinidad & Tobago.

On night one of the Festival, fans should come ready for a night of fun and excitement. Come prepared to sing, do the bouyon train and watch Rah and the boys take you back to a time in the village when they were cooking up the bouyon.

The video above was shot in St. Maarteen when the Original Bouyon Pioneers performed at a benefit concern following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Dominica Weathers Tropical Storm Matthew

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Roseau, Dominica (September 29, 2016) – Initial reports indicate that Dominica has weathered the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.  To date there have been no reports of loss from the tourism sector.  Businesses are open and clean-up efforts are ongoing.   Utility companies are actively working to restore service to affected areas.

Island accommodations and other tourism establishments have weathered the storm with little to no disruptions to normal operations and are open to receive visitors. The Douglas – Charles Airport has been reopened and ferry services are expected to resume on Friday September 30, 2016.  Travellers are advised to contact their respective service providers or travel agents to confirm travel status.

Management of Discover Dominica Authority hopes that persons who may be in the path of the storm takes the necessary precaution and remains safe.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Dancehall Star to rock WCMF Stage

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Popcaan at WCMF 2016
This is the cover of Popcaan’s “Where We Come From” album, released in 2014.

Roseau, Dominica (October 4, 2016) – Rising dancehall superstar, Andrae Hugh Sutherland, better known as Popcaan will rock Festival City at the 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival when he performs on Night One, Friday 28th October at Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

The dancehall star who has emerged as one of the leading lights of the dancehall movement in Jamaica over the past several years, will bring his vast popularity and showmanship to the Festival stage on a night that is sure to have patrons screaming and shouting for more music, more rhythm and more vibes.

This dancehall star who has toured extensively around the world, including Europe, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa has an impressive collection of music since his breakout in 2010 following his release of the hit song “Clarks”, a collaboration with his mentor, Vybz Kartel. Since then he has signed a multi-record deal with Mixpak Records and has worked with many top rappers, dancehall stars and others including Canadian rapper Drake and Kanye    West among others.

The Jamaican deejay, dancehall singer, song writer and award winning performer continues in the tradition of other dancehall and reggae stars to perform at the WCMF including Elephant Man, Damien “Junior Gong’ Marley, Taurus Riley, Third World, Steel Pulse, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Luciano and many others. Fans of dancehall music can await a musical treat and great excitement as Popcaan shines on the Festival stage for his first ever appearance in Dominica.


The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor capital.  A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Multi-platinum artist Akon set for WCMF Stage

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Akon at WCMF 2016

Roseau, Dominica (September 30, 2016) – Multi-platinum American singer, rapper, song writer, the prolific Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon is set to perform at the 2016 World Creole Music Festival on Night Three, Sunday 30th October at Festival City, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

Akon who has sought to perform at the festival finally makes his way and is expected to be one of the headliners at the 19th edition of the festival. His vast music catalogue, his international star power and his dynamism are features of the artist’s success that has for long been admired by festival fans and music lovers here and across the region.

Akon at WCMF 2016
Akon has been nominated for 3 American Music Awards, 8 World Music Awards and 3 Grammy Awards.

The American-born rapper who was raised in the West African state of Senegal has worked with many of the leading industry players from King of Pop Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Eminem to afro-beat super-group, P Square. He has also produced for several major artists over the past several years, making him one of the most prolific and dynamic song writers and producers of his generation.

The long awaited performance by this award winning American star is expected to raise the musical temperature of the festival and the profile of the festival to global audiences. As one of the major stars for the past decade and a half, Akon is bringing in his star power to the festival stage and a new element of world music to this growing music festival.

The artist who has several Grammy nominations to his name and has sold millions of records worldwide, has also appeared in film and television, making him a very complete artist. His big hit of 2007, “Don’t Matter” which was his first solo number one is among several Hot 100 Chart Toppers on Billboard.

Akon is sure to be a crowd pleaser and festival favourite as he brings his many hit songs, international connection and a fresh perspective to the World Creole Music Festival.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

 

 

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Timaya brings new wave of Afro-Beat to WCMF 2016

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Timaya at WCMF 2016

Roseau, Dominica (September 30, 2016) – New wave afro-beat comes to the stage of the World Creole Music Festival with the energy and vibration of Nigerian hip-hop, afro-beat and reggae superstar, Timaya on Night One, Friday 28th October at Festival City, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

Timaya at WCMF 2016
Timaya was appointed Peace Ambassador in 2011 and has won one Nigeria Music Award.

Timaya whose real name is Enetimi Alfred Odon, is a Nigerian singer and song writer. He is the founder of the South-South hip-hop group Dem Mama Soldiers. Timaya, whose music has become a major part of the local dance and party scene, has produced several major hits since he burst onto the scene back in 2005. His best known dance track here is “UKWU” which is a fan favourite and one that is bound to get you moving and dancing. Expect to hear this and many of his popular tracks as he combines his high energy, positive vibration and dynamic dance moves to his set on the festival stage.

Timaya is part of a new wave of African music which has penetrated markets across the globe over the past decade. This music which incorporates elements of popular African beats and Caribbean rhythms like reggae, dancehall and soca as well as rap and hip-hop from the United States have become extremely popular in Dominica and many other Caribbean islands as well as in the African diaspora. He is among a growing group of Nigerian acts whose music continue to make wave in every part of the globe.

Fans of the World Creole Music Festival have long been treated to the best afro-beat sound from the soukous master Sakis to more recent vintage music of the soukous stars of 2014 which included such names as Ballou Canta, Dally Kimoko, Yondo Sisters and Lokassa ya Bongo. This is a great part of the WCMF tradition which elicits the flavor of the motherland and the spirit of our creole homeland.

Timaya will continue this great tradition and build on the success of the many African voices and dancers who have graced the festival stage over these past nineteen years. This award winning performer and peace ambassador is coming to represent the continent and to bring his brand of afro-beat to a new generation of festival fans who are sure to love his style, his energy and his charisma. Be ready to move and sway as you feel the beat of the African continent.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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DDA Celebrates Wellness Month with Yoga at Schools

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A class practicing yoga at Lindo Park.

Roseau, Dominica (September 29, 2016) – Discover Dominica Authority partnered with three schools as part of Wellness Month celebrations in September. Yoga sessions were organized for students of the Christian Union Primary School, TC Sunbeam Preschool and the Convent High School.

The sessions were conducted by practitioners from the Yoga Teachers Committee of the Dominica Spa, Health and Wellness Association (D-SHWA).

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A class practicing yoga at Lindo Park.

The activities coincided with the national and regional observance of Caribbean Wellness Month. The objective of the activity was to encourage students to stay healthy by engaging in physical activity.

Other activities by Discover Dominica Authority for the observance of Wellness Month included weekly social media posts and promotion of wellness packages offered by hoteliers and radio talk shows.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Midnight Groovers to lift WCMF with Authentic Creole Rhythm and Style

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Midnight Groovers

Roseau, Dominica (September 22, 2016) – Dominica’s Midnight Groovers will bring an authentic voice and unique style to lift the 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival when they perform on night one, Friday 28th October at Festival City, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

The Groovers, one of Dominica’s most enduring musical groups come from the dynamic cultural village of Grand Bay in the southern heartland of Dominica. For well over 44 years, this group led by the Mark brothers; lyricist, bassist, drummer and lead vocalist, Phillip “Chubby’ Mark, and the musical maestro, Marcel “Coe” Mark, with new faces and new influences but the same Groovers signature music and style has given us great joy and a great music legacy.

Groovers’ music is rooted in a tradition of sincerity, honesty, a message of hope, justice and equality and an authentic sound which they have been able to reinvent in every period since the 1970’s. With over 39 albums, thousands of fans worldwide, a consistency of potent messages and sincere lyrics and a voice which transcends generation and social groupings, the Midnight Groovers are in fact the true Kings of Cadence.

They will perform at the World Creole Music Festival for the 11th time, making them one of the most celebrated groups to have performed at the festival. The last time they appeared on the festival stage, they were the 2014 honoured group for their contribution to creole music and to the development of the festival. This year the award winning group will once again bring the same energy and dynamism and will lift the spirit of the fans and festival patrons when they perform along with the other night one acts. Be sure to come ready to groove and to reminisce with all the people you will meet in the festival village and on the festival grounds, as these heroes of Sout’ City bring their special brand of creole music once again to the WCMF.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Extasy Band to Make Debut Performance at WCMF 2016

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Roseau, Dominica (September 22, 2016) – One of the fast emerging musical groups on the Dominican music scene over the past few years, Extasy Band from the now storm ravaged Petite Savanne community, will make a return appearance at the 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival when they perform on night one, Friday 28th October, Festival City, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

Extasy Band which specializes in diverse forms of Creole music with their signature sound of Kompas music will be one of the local highlights at this year’s festival. The group which became well known in 2015 for their civic mindedness following the devastation and destruction caused in their home community of Petite Savanne by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, this time will be in the spotlight for their great musical talents.

Extasy Band at WCMF 2016Extasy Band became very involved in fund-raising activities in the post-Erika relief effort to assist the people of Petite Savanne. The group toured several neighbouring islands and collaborated with others in staging a number of local fund-raising activities. “For their dedication to the field of music, culture and involvement in Tropical Storm Erika relief activities,” they were recognised by the 2015 Events Management Class of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica.

For the 2016 WCMF the focus will be on the Extasy Band as they bring their own brand of Creole music to the main stage of the festival and attract the legion of fans to Festival City in the first festival since the passage of Erika. Extasy Band is sure to bring a new energy and a unique appeal to the thousands who are expected at this year’s festival. Their sound and entertaining style are certain to generate a great deal of excitement. Come help them lift the spirit of their people and help them leave their footprints on the memories of the festival fans and patrons.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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WCMF 2016 Tickets Available Online

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Roseau, Dominica (September 22, 2016) – Tickets for the 19th World Creole Music Festival are available online. This announcement was made by WCMF Project Consultant Val Cuffy today. WCMF 2016 tickets can be purchased from www.ticketpal.com at US$125 for season tickets and US$48 for nightly tickets.

Click here to get your tickets!

Season tickets will be on sale for EC$275 during the weekly Festival Jam Sessions at the Bayfront. Sakis La Peau Kabwit, Mac & Cheese and C Squared will be the featured acts for this Friday’s Festival Jam Session. The September 23 event will begin from 4 pm until 10 pm. Sponsors of this week’s Festival Jam Session are Digicel and the Dominica Brewery and Beverages Limited with their Kubuli Beer. Festival lovers can look forward to new sponsor specials at this week’s event.

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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Festival Jam Session # 4 is on!

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Roseau, Dominica (September 29, 2016) – The World Creole Music Festival Jam Session number 4 is on. The event will take place at the Bayfront on Friday September 30, 2016 from 4 pm to 10 pm.

The highlight of this week’s Festival Jam Session will be a soft launch of Mas Domnik 2017. Miss Dominica 2017 contestants will sign their contracts during the event. Patrons will also get a glimpse of carnival costumes on offer for Mas Domnik 2017. Entertainment will be provided by the Infinite Nation Band and the First Serenade Band. World Creole Music Festival partners Kubuli and Digicel will be on board with the usual promotions and specials. A mini masquerade and La Peau Kabwit will also create the festive hype this weekend.

World Creole Music Festival season tickets will be on sale for only $250 per ticket. This special will be valid until October 7, 2016. Festival patrons should not miss this offer!

The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital. A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons.

The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.

For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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PM Roosevelt Skerrit Tours Bath Estate in Roseau [Video]

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit toured parts of Bath Estate on Saturday. The clean up has begun but it is a long way from completion.

For more information visit www.opm.gov.dm.

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Ivy Raff [PRAG Dominica]

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Ivy Raff in Dominica
Ivy Raff in the Valley of Desolation, Dominica (Photo source: PRAG Dominica)

“I could (shoot, I might just) write a novel counting the ways I love little Dominica. It has the most breathtaking natural scenery in the Western Hemisphere, a hiker’s paradise. I was born in America, but my background is Russian.

Russians are absolutely obsessed with spa culture and hot baths, and the fact that Dominica has mineral pools and healing mud that are 100% natural is a gift from God!

But the best thing about Dominica is Dominicans. They love their country so much that they are dedicated to its safety.

To be a woman traveling alone, and able to hitchhike worry free in a truck carrying two dudes you’ve never seen before and four machetes – it’s an indescribable relief.

On Friday nights, a Roseau I-tal restaurant hosts an open mic night where you can kick back, sip your herbal tea, and listen to truly world-class talent spitting reggae/hip hop fusion.

For no cover. Where else can you find that?!”

By Ivy Raff, Dominica 2014 (She promised to return)

 

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