Belle Vue Throws Kwéyòl Fete

Dhalpuri, roti and goolagoola were among the crowd’s favourites.(Photo by Stan Bishop)

WHEN it comes to things cultural in Saint Lucia, Belle Vue, Vieux Fort has its fair share of bragging rights. The community is home to violin virtuoso, Joseph “Rameau” Poleon and is also represented in Parliament by Moses “Musa” Jn. Baptiste, whose poems flow as deep as the community’s ravines.

But last Sunday was a bit different. Although not a host community for this year’s Jounen Kwéyòl, the southern community made sure that its cultural impact would be felt this Creole Heritage Month. The Fete Kwéyòlen Belle Vue, organized by the Belle Vue Development Committee (BVDC) might still be the talk on the tongues of those who attended.

The event, held on the grounds of the Human Resource Development Centre, ran from around 1 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. No Kwéyòl fete worth its salt comes without great Kwéyòl food; as such, there was food aplenty: lobster, roast corn, roti, dhal puri, goolagoola, green fig and salt fish…

And what’s a good K wèyòl fete without great music, right? With performances from the Belle Vue La Rose Group, Third Degree, TwadisyonPiaye, Gregory Sinaise, Wnajman and Chant A Fire, the patrons probably got more than they bargained for.

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But the main highlight of Sunday’s event was a rare performance from Saint Lucia’s legendary violinist and cultural icon, Joseph “Rameau” Poleon, who treated the fans to some of his favourites pieces. The 86-year-old, who reportedly hasn’t performed in public for nearly a decade, proved that time has not flattened his sharp, beautiful notes.

In these photos, we offer some highlights from last Sunday’s Fete Kwèyòlen Belle Vue.

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Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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