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Saturday, October 27, 2007

King holds court on first night of the Festival

Friday October 26th, 2007 saw the opening of 3 nights of pulsating rhythms. At the brand new Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, the 11th annual World Creole Music Festival was ushered in. Initially the crowd was small when Top Vice and King Mensah took the stage. The crowd grew gradually and by the time the king of the dancehall took the stage at 2am, there was barely standing room on the tiled turf. Care was taken not to damage the fresh laid grass, plastic tiles were brought in to cover the field where patrons would stand for the close up we have grown accustomed to in the caribbean.
Immaculately attired in a cream suit with an orange shirt, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis the aptly self-proclaimed 'girls dem sugar' showed his fans why he is the King of the Dancehall. He belted out hit after hit and had everyone eating out of the palm of his hand. He sang, danced and lectured much to the delight of the crowd. They obeyed his every move from hands up to cell phones in the air.
Beenie Man encouraged everyone one to be proud of their heritage and revealed his madras tie in solidarity with the celebration of creole day.
He was followed by Dominican jam band Triple Kay who kept party-goers jumping until 5:15am.
The organisers were happy with how the first night turned out and would no doubt rectify a few things ahead of night number 2. Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, Lorraine Bannis-Roberts did indicate that she was happy with what obtained and can already see how next year would turn out, specifically with reference to the venue.
Val Cuffy, the Executive Director of the Dominica Festivals Commission was happy that the plan worked and they got about 90% right.
As the weekend's festivities continue with Market Day on Saturday morning, lets see what the second concert unfolds.


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