The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has announced that the Cadence All Stars will be the final mainstage act of the 2016 Jazz ‘n Creole Festival, to be held at the Cabrits National Park, in Portsmouth, on May 15.
According to Marketing Executive DDA, Monique Jacob, Cadence All Stars are a group of the island’s best musicians selected to deliver something uniquely Dominican.
“The Cadence All Stars brings together some of the best of Dominica’s musicians, to perform what is uniquely Dominican music,” she said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
Among the All Stars are: Fitzroy Williams, keyboardist and founding member of the Exile One band; Cornell “Fingers” Phillip, keyboardist, and member of the Bouyon Pioneers; Jason “Froggy” Joseph, drummer for Triple K Global; Freddy Nicholas, bass player for Bilomen and guitarist Jerry Moulon.
Singers for the act include Carlyn “Carlyn XP” Xavier-Phillip, reigning Bouyon Monarch, and lead singer of C-Squared and Fanatik Band; and Joy Stoute, a seasoned performer who is no stranger to the stage.
Cameron Pierre, Breve, Soft, élan parlé, Andy Narell have also been named as mainstage acts.
Le Pelican Magazine of St. Martin, COURTS Dominica and Rainbow Rentals have been announced as first-time sponsors of the event.
Meantime, Jacob discussed the festival’s growth since its inception in 2010.
“Last year, our total attendance exceeded 1,900, so, we almost had 2,000 at the mainstage last year. And, the year before that, we were just at about 1,600. So, the growth has been tremendous. The first year, in 2010, there were only 600 patrons,” she stated. “So, over the years, the festival has more than doubled and is tripling and we hope to have at least what we had last year.”
Jacob spoke of a “spillover area” being included at the venue to allow patrons more space for movement.