Golden Drum, Special Recognition awardees announced

Ian Jackson will receive a Golden Drum Award for promotion of music
Ian Jackson will receive a Golden Drum Award for promotion of music

The National Cultural Council and the Cultural Division have announced the awardees for this year’s Golden Drum Awards and also the Special Recognition Awards.

The Golden Drum Award will be presented to Purcell Christian for Music Education and Performance, Prosper Paris for the preservation of Kalinago culture, The Alfred Family of Giraudel for floriculture and floral decoration, Ian Jackson for the promotion of music and Creative Writing and Elue Alexander for the preservation of traditional culture.

The Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dennison ‘Dice’ Joseph for his outstanding achievement in calypso, Nadira Lando for her outstanding achievement in queen pageantry, Lennox Alexander for Development and promotion of Steelpan Music, Cedric Phillip for the development and promotion of choral music and Birdy Phillip for the preservation of traditional dance.

The awards will be presented at the Golden Drum Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on Tuesday July 30th from 8 pm at the Arawak House of Culture.

This year’s Emancipation Celebrations carded for July 30th to August 11th will also feature the Unveiling of the Emancipation Monument at a ceremony at the Peebles Park on Thursday August 1st 2013 from 4.30 pm.

There will also be an Emancipation hike along segment 5 of the Waitukubuli National Trail which has been scheduled for Saturday August 3rd. The hike is being undertaken in collaboration with the Waitukubuli National Trail.

A new event this year will be the Eggleston Heritage Festival which will run from Saturday August 3rd to 5th at Eggleston. The festival will highlight some of the aspects of the heritage of both Eggleston and Giraudel.

The Emancipation Celebration will culminate with the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair to be held from August 9th to 11th at the UWI Open Campus. The Literary Festival will feature a range of Dominican and regional authors and poets with a special tribute to the late Aime Cesaire of Martinique.

August 1st, 2013 marks the 179th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Dominica and other countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

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  1. Nennen
    July 29, 2013

    Congratulations to all the Awardees both Golden Drum and Special recognition.
    In regards the process for nomination, and why Athie has not been, I guess he has not been involved in steel pan and music for enough years, neither is Franklyn Moses, nor Noreen Joseph, these names have been synonymous with the aspects of our culture for as long as I have been growing up in Dominica, yet they are not recognised, but have been nominated. Just a though for discussion.

  2. July 29, 2013

    Ian Jackson has been a steady voice in the promotion of culture in Dominica, and this recognition is well deserved.

  3. Alex Bruno
    July 28, 2013

    Big RESPECT to you Ian. Nuff love always. Please keep on writing and doing stuff like that.

  4. Wesleyman
    July 27, 2013

    Congrats Jacko,Really proud of you my friend, you have taken it to the higher hights… God bless you Brother

  5. GF
    July 27, 2013

    Congrats mr birdie phillip. This award is deserving u have really done a great job in preserving culture in grand fond

  6. Too Free
    July 27, 2013

    My take, I agree. Are you sure? Athie has really been involved in Pan for a very long time. I wonder why.

    He has been described as “one of the country’s respected resident steelpan performers.” How does the nomination process work? It would be useful to see a list of all the GD recipients over the years at a glance.

  7. Neg Mawon
    July 27, 2013

    Big up to my boy Jako….well deserved!! What about the others?

  8. Neg Mawon
    July 27, 2013

    Big to my boy Jako….well deserved!! What about the others?

  9. Copeh Sarvar
    July 26, 2013

    Ian has really made an impact in his area of arts and is well deserving!

    God is calling you to other things Jacko.

  10. Goodwill Massive
    July 26, 2013

    Well Done Jacko, you worked hard over the years, from your days with RSB, to present.

  11. cultureshock
    July 26, 2013

    Congrats to all the awardees on their achievement,
    Wish them well, especially to my boys,Jacko and Dice.well done and goodluck my men.
    Continue your hard work and be always ready,for when your real time to shine comes around.
    The Sky is the lemit.

  12. My take
    July 26, 2013

    Over the years awards have been given for steelpan and not once has the name Athie Martin come up.

    The man has been in the pan movement since his teenage years. He has trained, and continues to train, several pan groups and individuals.

    Better to give the man his flowers while he is alive, rather than wait posthumously.

    Politics really screwing up this country.

    • DC
      July 27, 2013

      While I do not object the claim that you are making on behalf of Mr. Martin, I cannot sit back idly and not state the facts, i personally know of past recipients who do not support the Government. None the less, i firmly beleive that Mr. Matin deserves an award for his tremendous efforts towards maintaining the steel pan culture, also, Mr. Moses for comedy, he is second to none in Dominica, he is also a walking dictionary. I am optimistic that they will be recognized soon.

  13. Dorian Shillingford
    July 26, 2013

    Here’s to my school mate, Ian Jackson.
    Keep up the passion!

  14. Gordon P
    July 26, 2013

    So what happen to people like Franklyn Moses . What they do is not part of culture nuh

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