Two Jamaicans, two French and two Dominican artistes are among headline acts for the first ever Reggae Creole Festival to be held in Dominica on 29 April 2017.
The festival dubbed ‘Ragga Kweyol’ was officially launched at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. It will be held at the Windsor Park Stadium Forecourt with an entrance fee of one hundred dollars.
Headline stars include Luciano and Macka Diamond of Jamaica, Admiral T of Guadeloupe, Paille and the Red Ties Gang from Martinique, and Atunyah, Colton T and Fanatik Band of Dominica.
Executive Director-Purchasing at J. Astaphan Ltd, Gisele Astaphan, stated that the primary focus of the festival is to achieve market expansion, economic stimulation, and to increase the number of stay over visitors.
She stated that the festival adds another unique attraction to Dominica and includes the Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia among its target markets because of the common creole culture, and the ease of travel.
“Raga was designed with some French consultancy and input to give it the best marketability and results in these territories, specifically Martinique and Guadeloupe. And the day chosen also, was best suited for that market and ideally for us to create a high season out of a traditionally low season,” Astaphan stated.
Astaphan added that the festival will provide a platform for local and regional artistes to interact, develop new markets for local and foreign artistes, as well as advertise the ease of travel between the islands.
“Raga also serves as a forum for sponsors to target a new audience, a new market, and it also promotes the creole culture in another music genre, which is Reggae Dancehall,” Astaphan further added.