As part of support for the people of the Petite Savanne community affected by Tropical Storm Erika, one of Dominica’s popular bands, ‘The Extasy Band’ will host a relief concert at the Windsor Park Stadium on October 3.
Petite Savanne was one of the communities that was hardest hit by Erika which also severely damaged the island causing loss of lives and leaving many homeless in various parts.
The event has special meaning for the band since all nine members are from Petite Savanne and they all lost friends and family during the disaster.
The band’s manager, Sherman Antoine, told Dominica News Online (DNO) that back-up keyboardist, Nehemiah “Nehi” Darroux, lost nine family members during the storm and that is how the idea of the concert came about.
“When we speak of human lost, Nehi received the hardest blow,” he stated. “He lost a lot of family members that is one of the reasons we are urging everyone to patronize. There are nine members in the band and each of us have lost a family member and friend who were close to us.”
Antoine said the people of Petite Savanne, the majority of which have been evacuated from the community, are in distress.
“Basically we are in the same boat, the same way they are feeling, I am feeling the same way also,” he said. “We are one family in Petite Savanne and when one is affected, all are affected.”
Antoine described his experience during and after the storm as a “rough one”.
“During the storm you were not feeling the real impact, everyone was trying to help and right now as it simmered down, reality is hitting now,” he explained. “Some of us just built our homes and we have to leave it and trust me waking up at someone else’s home, it’s not easy.”
Antoine encouraged residents of Petite Savanne to be strong. “God never give us too much we cannot handle. I advise they keep God close to their hearts and things will work,” he said.
Performances for the concert are expected to come from other local groups, bands/musicians including; Michele Henderson, Fanatik Band, Swinging Stars, Ti Orkest the Petite Savanne Cultural group. The official DJ will be Miguel Labadie.
He said a number of businesses are also onboard including a Carib Beer, LIME (the official sponsor) and Krazy Tee.
The band is requesting a contribution of $10 from patrons, however those who wish to contribute more, can do so.
The relief concert is expected to begin from 8:0 0pm.
Meantime, he made mention of plans that are already in place to launch the band’s first album later down this year.
The new album he said will be a collection of songs performed by the band.