Emancipation 2012 celebrations kick off

Dancers performing at the opening of Emancipation celebrations in Dominica

Emancipation 2012 celebrations in Dominica kicked off on Tuesday evening with an African showcase at the Old Mill Cultural Center.

Organizers say the celebrations this year will have a strong African theme and Tuesday’s show began with an introduction to Africa and its territories, the varied languages and culture. The native Africans present also provided answers to questions about Africa, even the ‘silly’  ones which Africans get asked on a regular basis such as ‘is there any electricity in Africa?’

On display was African wear by African children with attire from various countries across the African continent including Nigeria, Cameroon, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, Comoros (an island off the eastern coast of the continent), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mali, Benin and the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire.

One of the performances was the rendition of  reggae singer Jah Cure’s “The Jailer” by medical student at All Saints University, Marie Pascale from Cameroon.

Pascale was accompanied by dancers during her performance and musical accompaniment was provided by a Nigerian on keyboard and Dominican Kyle Gordon, on guitar.

The evening ended with the public being invited to sample African cuisine and view art work on display.

Emancipation activities continue with the Golden Drum Awards this evening at the Arawak House of Culture.

See photos below of the African Showcase.

Photos by Abigail H. Antoine

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  1. loveable
    August 2, 2012

    they could of done better i was at all and i was not impress with the show on the 1st of august but i loved the clothing

  2. Great
    August 2, 2012

    very impressive. keep up the good work Cultural Division.

  3. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012

    love the African fashion!

    August 1, 2012

    Real vibez african creole so we doin it in D/ca. I enjoyed tastin a few african dishes, as my salivary glands n tear ducts had 2 b re-hydrated after some spicy goat stew n more (unique spices)….Happy emancipation 2012 yall….

  5. Sensible Dominican
    August 1, 2012

    Nice Dominica. Excellent display

  6. Viewpoint
    August 1, 2012

    Great pics!

  7. August 1, 2012

    This is so cool,by just looking at the photos am sure that it went off real well. Hart’s off to my lovely Dominica and it’s people.

  8. Roger Burnett
    August 1, 2012

    A wonderful evening, an excellent presentation, I feel sorry for anyone who missed it!

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2012

      Well I missed it :lol:

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