Culture 101- The Anthem, Cultural Division’s first ever anthem, launched

For the first time ever, the Cultural Division of Dominica has its own anthem.

“Culture 101 – The Anthem” according to Acting Chief Cultural Officer, Earlson Matthew, is a creative piece of work that has been produced as part of the Division’s brand and which represents “who we are and what we do”, not just as a cultural division, but as Dominicans.”

“The end result is an anthem that can be used at all events by DJs, in a social setting as a tourism product that promotes Dominica as an educational tool and so much more,” Matthew said in a press statement.

“In three minutes, this piece touches on many aspects of our culture, including xingping music, the Creole language, Dominica’s indigenous Kalinago People, the food that we grow and eat, our European and African dances, the Chanté Mass carnival tradition, candancelypso, Lapo Kabwit, Bouyon music, the national wear and oral traditions, such as Tim Tim and Kont,” the release goes on to state..

The project features some of the most prominent artists in Dominica’s recent history: Mr. Benji N2O, Asa Bantan, Tasha P, White Fairy, Mr. Delly, and the Tradibelle Cultural Group.

The Cultural Division says it believes that this anthem has the potential to be something historical and urges all patriots to share it as much as possible.

Below is the link to the video version of the anthem. It shows a curious young Kalinago is lured towards the infectious rhythm of local Jing Ping Music. As she observes from a distance, she gains an appreciation for various aspects of Dominican culture on display. By the time her journey is over, she has become part of the experience, a true testament to the Dominican culture of coexistence and unity.

 

https://youtu.be/ZUHlvSWsnW0

 

Below is also a link on the rebranding of the cultural Division. The rebrand was done at the DOMFESTA opening ceremony on the 29th.

 

https://fb.watch/cLVKPvR6ca/?mibextid=Bog7XT

 

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2 Comments

  1. Roger Burnett
    May 16, 2022

    May I suggest that the curious young lady in the video is also introduced to all aspects of the creative arts: theater, dance, poetry, prose, painting and sculpture.

    Culture represents who we are and what we do, and focuses on what we all feel comfortable with. Whereas the creative arts challenges us to explore new worlds and aspire beyond the norm.

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