DBS’s Stephen Dangleben picks Marie-Claire’s “Jah Guide (Happy)” as his #1 song for 2010

Marie-Claire performing at Susie's in Jamaica in July 2010. * Photo submitted by AGSelectPR

Dominica Broadcasting Station (DBS) announcer, Stephen Dangleben, has chosen Marie-Claire’s “Jah Guide (Happy)” as his song of the year for 2010.

Written by Marie-Claire and produced by Garsha Blaks of St. Lucia, the upbeat song is infused with African drumming and chanting, as well as rock and roll guitar riffs.  It was featured (along with other DBS DJ’s top picks) on the live DBS Radio production called “DJ’S #1 on Friday, December 31.

Every year-end DBS asks its popular DJs/announcers to select their top song for the preceding year.  The announcer has total autonomy as to which song he/she selects.  According to DBS DJ Brenton Henry, announcers generally choose the song which has the most personal impact on them, the song which is most requested by their audience and the song with the best overall impact.

Dangleben, host of the popular Good Morning Dominica (Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30 AM) says he chose Marie-Claire’s song “because it had a nice bouncy tempo and a positive message.  It is spiritually uplifting and as such was a good song on which to start the year”.

Another song of Marie-Claire’s “Care For You” was also in the running.

For her part, Marie-Claire is “thrilled and over the moon”.

She adds:  “I am grateful to my fans and especially grateful to Stephen for all his support.”

The Dominican-born, Italian-trained opera singer performed both “Jah Guide (Happy)” and “Care For You” at LIME Creole in the Park during the 2010 Independence celebrations.  Marie-Claire closed off the year with several local performances during the month of December, including the “Peace and Love” Concert  on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard on the 10th, the Dominica Labour Party End-of-year Award Ceremony at Arawak House of Culture on the 18th and Carijazz/LIME  “Winter Wonderland” at the Newtown Savannah on the 26th.  In November, she also performed at the request of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves at a pre-election rally in St. Vincent.

So far for 2011, Marie-Claire has performed at Parry Bellot’s Yanni Tribute show at the Fort Young Hotel, proceeds of which go to the Grotto Home for the Homeless.  Marie-Claire will soon depart Dominica for Jamaica where she will record a 6-track EP performing classic Reggae songs operatically.

She will be working with the likes of producers Earl “Chinna” Smith, Tommy Cowan and Wayne Armond as well as songwriter Bob Andy.   She will also perform with the Peter Ashbourne-directed Samuel Felsted Orchestra at the Music Unites Jamaica concert series dubbed “Marley Meets Mozart”.

Marie-Claire has also accepted a request to teach master vocal classes at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.  After Jamaica she will head to her second home Bronx NY, where she will attend events such as Caribbean International Fashion Week and network within the music industry.  Plans are also underfoot for following up on management and booking offers.

To listen to “Jah Guide (Happy)” and “Care For You” please visit www.reverbnation.com/marieclairemusic

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  1. neva shillingford
    January 7, 2011

    :!: to my beautiful talented cousin….congratulations are in order!!! you deserve this and much more because every where you go in this universe you are always representing us..our beautiful Dominica… Thank you for what you do… I love you….wish you continued blessings from the creator and just keep on representing… hope to see you soon…peace!!!!
    much love and endless blessings :lol:

  2. Precious
    January 7, 2011

    well done my girl…one love, am a huge fan of your music:-)

  3. Anonymous
    January 4, 2011

    Hey sis u ar truly a blessing congrats love always.

  4. dnokries
    January 4, 2011

    Well done my girl, you are BLESS, JAH GUIDE!

  5. ah too row
    January 3, 2011

    love u and miss u mc congrats!

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      please stop your foolishness … DNO please remove this comment

      this user is trying to imply that Arturo Bellot – director of more sewo , and former husband misses her.

      You meed better moderation of your comments.

      Mr BEllot has moved on and so has ms Giraud ..thank you

      • mabouché
        January 4, 2011

        Anonymous, no one would have known if you hadn’t elaborated on the ”hidden” message in the comment , so if anything, DNO should remove your comment and not that of the original poster.

        Sometimes its better to keep silent. Just my 2 cents.

      • mouth of the south
        January 4, 2011

        unless u r mr bellot how would u know he doesn’t miss her or know he isn’t the one lol,,,wats wrong he cannot miss her then lol,,, i never know arturo was dere,,,ccchhhh everytime i see M.C i feel like kissing her lol

        • No Name 2
          January 4, 2011

          Thanks annonymous….I don’t know how I miss d play on words there eh……lol……exs can still be friends eh…..lol….look jokez

  6. Right Man
    January 3, 2011

    Marie Claire is top class. Besides her beautiful voice she is a very talented entertainer. Da really have some persons that we should hold dear in that they represent us Internationally,making our country proud.People like Marie Claire, Hunter,Billy Doctrove,Daddy Chess need to be given many opportunities to ensure that they spread the good name of Dominica all over the world.

  7. Nathaniel Peltier
    January 3, 2011

    looking forward to hearing much more good things.

  8. Sue-Ellen
    January 3, 2011

    Congratulations Marie-Claire and best wishes in your future aspirations. An amazing voice indeed.

  9. jacinta bannis
    January 3, 2011

    congratulations and I wish you well in your future endeavours. Go make Dominica proud. We need to hear more good news of this nature. In 2011 let us see the good in each other

  10. mouth of the south
    January 3, 2011

    ok marie claire u r one talented individual,,,,now jamaica making use of our talent,,,,have teaching dem huh!!!! for too long i wondering how come we don’t have a music engineering course at the college,,,,this would be very good for aspiring producers,,,,u have to beg man to teach u pro-tools,,,reason,,,logic pro,,,autotune,,,melodyne etc etc,,,and learning the fundamentals of the mixer board,,,i believe people like jah fox,,,cornell and a few other well known music producers should be offered the chance to teach some courses,,,,if i had the money i’d spend it on that program,,,,it’s time we wise up in d.a and another thing we need to enhance is our video production,,,

    • Musicans
      January 3, 2011

      Dominca has produce and still is producing top notch musican.
      However, one things the top musicians never like to teach the underdog.
      They are afraid that he or she may get better than them. Music is a gift from
      God to the human race and one set of people cannot hold the teaching and spreading of Jah, Jah love an insperation. I heard one musican in Da say he is not playing with anybody than is below his level. This selfish statement stills haunts meet today. If you do not teach him, who will carry on the touch.

      • mouth of the south
        January 4, 2011

        my sentiments exactly,,,when u die u work lives on,,,better yet if it lives on through others,,,a next jah fox,,,cornell,,,etc etc,,,similar how the states have many dr dre’s and timbalands,,,,ask dr dre who gave him lots of advice,,,,non other than the producer of michael’s biggest album thriller mr quincy jones

    • DJPS
      January 3, 2011

      So where is the cudos to “mouth of the south” for this contribution. This guy get so much blows for his witty comments. He is entertaining sometimes and he makes me laugh amidst the negatives I read here! Gay & Proud should now be proud of MOS and stop being G&P!

      • mouth of the south
        January 4, 2011

        well i don’t pride on being smarty all the time,,,i rather have fun than to be uptight but u know,,,peeps just label u dumb lol,,, :lol: :lol: :lol:

        • dnokries
          January 4, 2011

          that’s what i like about you , your humility,and you doe care waydaysay.

  11. donna [divas spa]
    January 3, 2011

    mc girl you are fabulous and at last dominica appriciating your talent hun xxxxx

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2011

      donna the diva, where you go,dominica not de same since you took that beautiful smile away, when ya comin back, we miss ya face, and that chill music ya used to play in the diva salon, and ya funnie stories. hurry hurry and come back we waiting for you

      • donna [divas spa]
        January 6, 2011

        :lol: ahhhh thanks anonymous who ever you are! i cant tell you how much i miss Dominica and all my lovely friends famly and customers of the spa.

        funny i always listen to my chill out cds and they so remind me of sunsets i used to watch from the spa at Garraway, it makes me real sad.

        not sure about the funny storys though you will have to remind me

        I hope to be back one day for good, hope fully sooner rather than later


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