Last October, generally referred to as Creole Heritage Month or Mwa Kweyol, Dominica lost one of its iconic creole singers in the person of Pierre Labassiere as a result of a tragic vehicular accident which his nephew also died. Pierre Labassiere was the lead singer of the group Song Masters whose repertoire included cadence lypso and creole folk ballads. Pierre Labassiere grew to national fame as the voice of the song Wòch Mason Wifizé written by band colleague and singer songwriter Chesterfield Seraphine. This song speaks of the punishment meted out to children who spoke Kwéyòl at school.
Gregory Rabess, Dominican creolist, received the Meritorius Service Award for culture on November 3, 2020, on the occasion of official ceremony to mark the 42nd anniversary of Independence of Dominica. The award citation recognizes Rabess as a champion for researching and promoting key aspects of Dominican culture particularly in music, the Kweyol language and Dominican art. It continues “ his dedication to the advancement of Kweyol manifested through his pioneering work with the Konmite pou Etid Kweyol and his literary works and his music album which earned him the endearing nickname of Wochla, all of which earned him several awards including the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Award of Excellence in 1999, the Dominica Festivals Recognition Award in 2003 and the Golden Drum Award in 2010”. The citation concludes “Rabess continues to support the advancement and promulgation of our culture as part of a team of specialists producing a new Kweyol dictionary and as one of Dominica’s Cultural Ambassadors”.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Commonwealth of Dominica ranked first in the CBI Index — the most prestigious study into all active citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes in the world. On September 7th, Professional Wealth Management magazine — a publication from the Financial Times — released the new edition of the CBI Index, comparing 14 programmes against nine so-called 'pillars'.
Des forêts tropicales luxuriantes, des volcans, des plages tranquilles, des villages créoles aux maisons colorées… Bienvenue à la Dominique, l’une des îles les plus sauvages de toute la Caraïbe. Postée entre la Martinique et la Guadeloupe, elle est souvent confondue avec la République dominicaine, au grand dam des habitants. Mais ici, aucune grosse station balnéaire ni hôtel all inclusive en vue.
Music has been oft-dubbed therapy for the soul – and new meaning has been brought to that epithet in the Commonwealth of Dominica during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. Musical Therapy, now a regular Sunday evening showcase, was conceived of and produced by music producer Cornell Phillip and his wife Carlyn ‘XP’ Phillip, and it’s taken the island by storm. Since its inception, the show has fast spread to sister Caribbean islands and much further afield amongst the diaspora, their friends and families.
The question of ownership of Bird Island will never go away and be forgotten. Prime Minister, Rosie Douglas fought to reclaim Bird Island, as belonging to the Commonwealth of Dominica but Rosie died before he could accomplish the fact.
Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco — The Embassies of Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Morocco wishes to congratulate Ms. Remilia White and Ms. Kamila Bell, Foreign Service Officers from the Commonwealth of Dominica, on the successful completion of their intensive 10-month training programme delivered by the prestigious Académie Marocaine des Études Diplomatiques (AMED).
Allan Chastanet, le Président de la Communauté des Caraïbes (CARICOM) a indiqué que l’équipe technique réunie pour une mission d'enquête en Haïti avait été reportée en raison de la dégradation de la situation.
Senior Lecturer at the University of the Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom (UK), Dr. Violet Cuffy said the upcoming Dominica Country Conference, 2019 will focus on advancing creole heritage, Dominica’s culture and tourism and Kalinago people.