For fans who were awaiting in great anticipation for the release of the video of the popular song “Dominica Overcome” by “Look-Us Band” of Trafalgar, the wait is no more.
In the presence of a large gathering on Monday, the band released the official video of the song which has been a favourite to many Dominicans here and in the Diaspora. The video was directed by Dr. Alwin Bully.
After the song was released, it became an immediate hit and has been burning up the airwaves.
Attorney, Ronald Charles, who penned the song, said it was written to provide inspiration as the country struggles to cope in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika which devastated the island on August 27.
Charles, who also provides back-up vocals, said at the launching ceremony the storm did not only affect Dominicans on island, but also family and friends in the Diaspora who were concerned about their many love ones.
“Dominica Overcome, Dominica we Shall Rise Again is a song which brings together a sense of hope, express love and cemented togetherness,” Charles stated. “The words of the song resonated with Dominicans far and wide and also friends of Dominica bringing strength and hope to persons affected by the disaster.”
He pointed out that one may conclude in refection of the storm, “We should regard mother nature with a deep sense of respect as it reminds us that we should always look out for our brothers and sisters.”
He said the proceeds from the sale of the CD and Video will be donated primarily to the child and the elderly adversely affected by Erika.
“We are optimistic that this donation will continue for a period of 12 months as of this day, based on sales and contributions,” he noted.
Meantime, Bully said he was surprised and elated when he received the invitation from Charles to direct the music video. He believes the song is making a significant contribution to the healing of Dominica.
“I was surprised first of all because most of the videos that are made in Dominica are made by people under age 40,” he said. “I was also elated because not only did I think it is one of the best Dominican compositions…but it was and still is making a significant contribution to the healing of our country after the Erika catastrophe.”
The prospect of a music video for the hit song is one Dr. Bully welcomed with great enthusiasm.
According to him in making the video, the main challenge was finding the right footage during the storm and its aftermath and “Creating new imagery and keeping the spirit of the song as defined by the lyrics…”.
“There is need also to ensure that we do not slip down the easy road of the tear-jerker, focusing on people’s misery and pain which I think should be kept private to them, although some of that had to be there, but we determine to look on the brighter side of rebirth and a new beginning, rather than that of loss and sorrow,” he said.
He stated that the music video has reflected the true sentiments of the song, “strength and resilience as a response to a natural disaster.”
He explained that the video opens with a dreamy surrealistic look at the incredible beauty of Dominica, which is then suddenly confronted by, “a change of atmosphere and feeling and the terror of raging waters…”
Following the release of the song during the first week in September, the band officially launched the CD single outside the Prevo Cinemall in Roseau, on September 15.
The song is also performed by Lead Vocalist of the Look-Us Band, Jerd Dorsette, and was produced by Ali Rolle of Epic Lab Studio in Roseau.
The song is also available online at www.mp3musicfactory.com
The video is available at the office of Ronald Charles at 7 Cross Street, New Age Photo and the office of Q95 in Roseau. A donation of $25 and above is needed for to get the video.