For the first time United States BET/R&B Artiste, Mario Barrette, will touch the shores of Dominica where he is expected to give a performance at the Arbeedee Cinema located on the north of the island.
The performance, which is scheduled for September 5, forms part of Caribbean Got Talent Dominica competition, according to organizers.
It is being organized by the owner of Dominica Got Talent and Global Entertainment Network (GEN), Osron Denis, of St. Vincent
Speaking at the launch of the competition held at the Garraway Hotel on Friday, Denis said Caribbean Got Talent Dominica is basically the Caribbean version of America Got Talent.
“The idea of that is to give Dominicans young and upcoming artistes the opportunity and ability not just to perform on stage but to perform on an international level and standard,” he explained.
According to him, for the past few months while living in Dominica he observed that the entertainment industry is of a low standard, “So we decided to come together to make a change.”
Denis stated further that the process is going to start off with a talent competition leading to auditions beginning on August 18, 2014.
“Ten lucky persons out of the audition will have the opportunity to advance to the semi-finals which will take place of September 5 at the Arbeedee Cinema,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Owner of Arbeedee Cinema, Cabral Douglas, said the idea of the event is to encourage young people to come together.
“This is an example of young people coming together and thinking outside the box about what it is that we can achieve to push Dominica forward with our entertainment product and also to provide an opportunity for our young people of Dominica to use their skills, talent and hard work to achieve something in life,” he said
According to him, in order to able to build a relationship with other BET artistes in the United States, “We feel that it is important that we are able to export Dominica talent into the biggest musical industry in the world,’we need to build a relationship within the American black music community.”
He added, “We believe that this will attract members of neighbouring islands to Dominica which is important for her tourism product.”
The show is expected to be streamed live online at GEN TV, where finalists will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes, and an International record deal.
R&B artiste from Guadeloupe Paul Davy Ziron is also expected to perform at the event along with local artistes Mel-C, Asha Thomas, Dj Flipp, DJ Smooth among others.
Sponsors of the event include CBN4 News, Pirates Limited, United Insurance, Arbeedee Cinema among others.
Ticket cost $40 for the first week, $50 at the door and $100 VIP available at Arbeedee Cinema.
Mario is scheduled to arrive in Dominica on September 2, 2014.