With popular hits such as “Donkey Tricks”, “Do the Wiper”, “Old Mass Medley”, and “Chicken Riddim” under its belt local band, First Serenade, is setting its eye on making a comeback.
Dominicans were treated to the music of the band during the island’s just concluded 35th Independence celebration and manager Carlton Winston said it is coming back into the limelight because of requests from fans across Dominica.
“What inspired us was really the audience out there who have been asking for that different genre of music,” he told Dominica News Online. “They have been saying that the music we once played for them in years gone by, they need to hear that kind of music again because we played a variety of music.”
Trombonist, Christopher Dangleben added that the band is making a comeback since members believe that the music being played presently is “not music.”
The First Serenade Band was popular in Dominica for over 20 years before what members described as “internal pressure and external forces wanting to push their own agenda” resulted in it splitting up for the past eight years.
Winston pointed out that there have been some changes in the band and this is expected to improve its output.
“There have been some changes in the band. Technology has moved by leaps and bounds, so you have to bring in new blood into the band. There has been a change in our membership but many of the old heads are still there to put in the experience, talent and professionalism,” he stated.
Dangleben pointed out that First Serenade has always opted not to play its music through machines, which makes it unique. “If you go back into our archives you will see that our music has always been different in terms of the musicianship, the capability of the musicians … we always play, we don’t depend on machines or sequence music … we play our music,” he noted.
Both Winston and Dangleben noted that the band will continue to play various genres of music that will cater to all audiences in any part of the world.
In recent times the band performed at the 11th annual Creole in the Park and Fete La Pwent.
Both members advised the public that they should look forward to an album soon and they hope that the band will be able to perform at the 2014 Carnival Parade.