As part of events for this year’s Carnival celebrations the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) have organized, for the first time, a Bouyon Festival carded for Friday at the Windsor Park Stadium.
Bouyon music is an important part of Carnival and is very prevalent during the annual street jump up.
One of the main acts for the Festival is the Original Bouyon Pioneers.
Member of the group, Cornell Phillip, said Bouyon has a lot of potential “in the new style, in the original style.”
“It is about time that we really press on the genre as being something original from Dominica,” he stated.
He noted that he feels honored to be part of the festival.
He invited Bouyon fans to turn out in large numbers to support the festival.
“It’s time we represent Bouyon music in a big way because we have been combating the likes of Soca music, Reggae, Dancehall…and Bouyon is ours,” Phillip noted.
The band is expected to perform for 90 minutes.
Meantime; Chief Executive Officer of the DDA, Colin Piper said, “We notice that Bouyon is a great part of the Carnival, but yet wasn’t getting the place that we felt it deserved and so that is what we try to do. I think you are going to see a great show in that regard.”
He hopes that eventually the event will be presented as a competition.
“At some point in time you will be seeing the possibility of a Bouyon Road March because we really think that this is the music of the generation and so we want to make sure that it has its representation,” he stated.
Other performance which will form part of the line-up are Kross Vibes, WCK, Asa Bantan and Triple Kay International.
The event is expected to begin at 8:30 pm.