Nasio Fontaine
Nasio Fontaine

MUSIC in the Caribbean has acted as a catalyst to social transformation, political and religious uprising and integration. Essentially, we turn to music when we desire to reconnect with a supreme power, when we need to be reminded of the rigours of racial discrimination, political upheaval and modern social injustices.

Caribbean music has been associated with the exposure of social ills such as poverty, teenage pregnancy and corruption in government.

Calypso, which originated from Trinidad, is the musical commentary stage of the Caribbean. Each year, calypso comes alive prior to carnival celebrations in the “nature isle” – much like what obtains in St. Lucia. When calypso takes its annual rest, we return to the comforting tunes of reggae, Bob Marley recognized as an international reggae sensation and Dominican reggae artiste Nasio Fontaine.

Zouk, inspired by music from the French, also has a special place in our hearts and music from the Bouyon traditional has even been embraced in times of partying. To add to this elite group of genres, we welcome the pulsating “jump and wave” rhythms of soca. Although soca is mostly heard in the carnival season, it is used in most social gatherings dubbed as a “lime” or “break away” time.

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Who is your favourite Caribbean music sensation? Tell us facebook: Island Neighbours.

Music lovers …’tis the season! There’s quite a lot of music being played in the Island Neighbours right now. Let’s check it out! In Dominica, check out the latest musical initiatives. Every Thursday “Sax” yourself up at 8 Castle Street as they present “Iwanna Sax you up” – featuring great music, cocktails and Creole cuisine. Further, The Brent Birckhead Quartet is scheduled to perform in St. Lucia and Dominica; in St. Lucia today at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and April 27 at the Arawak House of Culture in Dominica. The shows begin at 7:00p.m.

Guadeloupe displays a very rich culture. It is common to witness Tanbouanlari la: Drumming with song and dance in the streets; GwoKa, Quadrille and others performed on the streets in Pointe A Pitre very often. Balas Bar and Courtyard in Dominica is the place to be every Friday night. Music from local artistes and dancing erupts in the courtyard as people get together to free themselves from the stressful events of the week. If you’re in Guadeloupe or Dominica, join the fun!

Let’s Go Shopping!
Calling all shopaholics! Building a music collection takes time. Often, you must sift through hundreds of tracks from multiple genres to find the perfect music for the prefect ambience. You can be one step closer to fulfilling that task with a visit to Acoustic Videoand Music Centre in Roseau, Dominica. Find that memorable classic track with the help of out knowledgeable staff in an easy, well – organized setting. A wide range of music genres can be found; Jazz, Latin, reggae, rhythm and blues, gospel, classical and popular music. Live a little … Shop a little!

Historical note! Did you know that Nasio Fontaine’s “Born to be free” was the biggest selling single in St. Maarteen? Getto know your neighbours!

A bit of the French for the VisitorUn Musicien:

la musique

types of music
Les genres des musique

Rock music
La musique rock

Classical music
la musique classique

Romantic music
La musique romantique

A love song
Une chanson d’amour

An old song
Une vielle chanson

Contemporary Music
La musique contemporaine
I listen to music
j’écoute la musique

La soirée dansante

Chef d’orchestre


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