The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has introduced new artists who will grace the stage for the 11th Edition of Jazz N’ Creole this year.
The event is carded for May 1st at Fort Shirley, Cabrits National Park.
“Today we announce three other artists who would be entertaining us on the site of the historic and pristine Fort Shirley within our celebrated Cabrits National Park,” Festivals and Events Manager, Samantha Letang said while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. “We are pleased to announce, firstly, Freetown Collective out of Trinidad & Tobago. Freetown Collective music often seeks to explore themes related to what it means to be human.”
She said the music of Freetown Collective is catchy, energizing and deeply satisfying .
“Next is a band that we know about that has graced the stage in Dominica; local band Breve will be with us on stage for Jazz N’ Creole 2022,”Letang revealed.
According to her, the band was started by Gomez Drigo and Kennrick Lawrence.
Letang added that Breve who will also be accompanying the ‘Femme 4’ at Jazz N’ Creole, has grown, having performed at the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) and many other events.
Michele Henderson, one of Dominica’s top female singers, is also part of the Jazz N Creole line up for 2022, according to Letang.
“Michele is a singer and songwriter from Dominica and the composer of the proud CARICOM anthem ‘Celebrating CARICOM’, “Letang indicated. “She has produced 6 solo albums and is well known for her Creole Music repertoire.”
The full performance lineup for the event includes Teddyson John from St Lucia, JSJ Trio from Guadeloupe, Freetown Collective from Trinidad and Tobago, Michele Henderson from Dominica, Femme 4 featuring Starsha, Marsha, Tasha P and Shalina from Dominica and Breve from Dominica
Meantime, for the first time this year a VIP experience will be introduced.
The DDA Festival and Events Manager said the VIP Experience will include a designated parking zone, screening, a dedicated entrance, a shuttle service from the entrance to the main stage, premium drinks and refreshments along with an elevated experience.
The DDA also says that added feature on offer to all patrons will be a 360-video booth for photo-sharing moments via
social media and creating jazz memories.
Several Jazz ‘n Creole fringe events will precede the main stage event on Sunday, May 1st at Fort Shirley. Fringe events begin with Jazz & Cocktails at Alliance Alliance Francaise de la Dominique on April 29 which features a tribute to Nelly Stharre. Fort Young Hotel’s happy hour event dubbed Jazz on the Shoreline will also be held on April 29 from 5 pm. On Saturday April 30, the fringe events move to Rosalie Bay Resort for Wato Drums and Fire and then on to Atlantique View Resort for the Pre Party, cadence, soca, country and jazz.
Tickets cost $120 until Friday this week. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 will pay $75 and children under 12 will enter free.
Tickets can be obtained at the Discover Dominica Authority Office in Roseau. A limited 20% discount is available on the grounds experience.
Tickets can also be purchased at https://shop.access767.com/shop/dfc/
Parents and others who intend to participate in the event are reminded to walk with a form of identification, especially children within the 12 to 18 age group.
Information about Covid-19 testing for the event will be presented at the next press conference.
Official sponsors of the event include Timbo’s Suites, J.Astaphan & Co. Ltd, Belfast Estate, Digicel and Trading International Group
The theme dress code is “Nature Island Chic”.