EHS: Ti Orkest – the future of Dominica’s music

Ti Orkest in action
Ti Orkest in action

Blazing their way through the musical world, Dominican based band ‘Ti Orkest” ( meaning little Orchestra) was established in December 2010.

A strong blend of musical talent, musicians stay true to the band’s title, operating like an orchestra.

Persistence, accuracy and dedication drives members Creig Henry (band manager), Dexter Ulysses (bass guitarist), Stanton Guiste (Lead guitarist) Carlos Williams (male vocalist),Shalina Samuel  and Melinda Ulysses (female vocalists) Gerant Guiste and Bernet Serrant (Keyboardist), Vernandra Christian ( drummer) to continuously strive to be the best.

With experiences based on carnival performances in Mahaut and La Plane, promotional co-operate events at LIME Dominica, and with Kubuli at Mero beach, and requested performances at local businesses such as Ma Boyd’s (Kubuli) Bar, The Banana Tree (Formerly known as Garage) and Isho’s bar, the Girl’s Night Out: Macka Diamond ( Where the band was the only live band on the line up), Fort Young’s Jazz n Creole on May17th , the ICT festival on the 4th of July,The Carib Beer rebranding (which airs on Tempo Caribbean),feasts and festivals including our most recent performance at the 2013 Creole in the Park and The World Creole Music Festival,and the Colihaut Eat Fish Nights, the band has proven its ability to be versatile.

Ti Orkest offstage in a relaxed mode
Ti Orkest offstage in a relaxed mode

Apart from inescapable roots in the local genres of Bouyon and Cadence,an insatiable thirst for music propels each member of the band to persistently dabble in almost every genre of music, From Reggae and sweet Kompas, all the way to Classical and House Music, Ti Orkest truly has “Different strokes for different folks”. Infact the band has just released an original soca composition entitled” Handle It”

The band works towards being an irreplaceable, refreshing and powerful icon, at the forefront of the music industry, bringing people together, touching every corner of the globe and doing what they love! The band does not indulge in obscenity and indecent language or lyrical content, and reflects dignity and pride in its appearance and disposition.

Finally the band promises to always emit that “feel good vibe” from our unique sound.

Ti Orkest, the future is in our music.

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  1. Lunar King
    July 23, 2014

    mmmm. That Mel-c is so delicious! Really Loving their music. Keep on Rising, God should be your guide, every step of the way.

  2. t girl
    December 3, 2013

    i just love mel c voice its beautifull keep up the good work guys

  3. Lalway
    November 15, 2013

    So they are not Noisy and silly as YCK?

  4. Real chick
    November 14, 2013

    This band is good. I love them. Their energy is great, they have a very tight bond with each other on and off stage, like a family. As a band, they have work to do, like all other bands in this world. The thing is in Dominica the music industry is not so developed and so members of any band can’t depend only on gigs to sustain life, they have to work to make ends meet, and so it takes up practice time both as individual musicians/vocalists and as a band. Hence the reason why most local bands improve slowly or don’t improve at all. Ti orkest is clearly a band which improves with time and this is a great sign for their future. This band has its own WOW factor in the sense that many other bands focus mainly on bouyon and soca, but not Ti Orkest. They showcase a wide variety of genres and this makes them fit to be a band for any occasion. When it comes to appearance, this band has a good thing going on. They are always decently dressed, the girls even mix n match, they reveal what they came on stage to reveal; talent! Their behavior on stage is superb, not everyone likes that bump and grind style that many other entertainers portray, I mean come on it’s kinda getting old, especially when they do the same moves over and over. The entertainers of this band also remain dressed on stage unlike other bands I’ve seen. All in all the band is doing very well and should keep up their good work and they will reach far and even become a role model band to upcoming bands!

      December 5, 2013

      thats so tru…as a past member i see they are well on the way to being respected …this makes me wanna do some features wit the band

  5. So blessed
    November 14, 2013

    They are good but I also think that(shalina Samuel)need’s some voice lessons also she sounds a little manish(just saying)but I think she can do better. :wink: :wink:

  6. The truth
    November 14, 2013

    Great job guys especially to you shalina :-D .its better to see your name up for something good than fighting for man…you made a nice song

  7. tara
    November 13, 2013

    ti orkest! congrats.. and keep up the good work.. i mean, everything starts from small.. but u all are doing very good.. you all may not be the biggest, most popular, most talked about band now? but hey, with that bond, positive vibes and beautiful music you all are producing; great things will be popping for ti-orkest!

  8. ME
    November 13, 2013

    im very proud of u all especially ms shalina. u were always singing at work and im happy u got this far. good job!!

  9. Affection8
    November 13, 2013

    I want to know why people who call themselves christians cant stay out of wordly things. One guy in this band is on the worship team in a christian church. Tell me why you have to do worship on a Sunday morning and be involved in wordly things in the week? As far as i read this band is involved in carnival activities and wordly festivals. Christians need to get their priority straight. if you are serving God serve him. if you are in the world stay there. I would think his parents would give him better counsel or maybe not.

    • Nel
      November 13, 2013

      Shut up hypocrite! I am a christian and I hate when other Christians make comments like that as if we better than other people in the world. We should strive to uplift and edify the saints of God because we are all struggling against our flesh #check out your flaws and pray for the brother. He might get to heaven before you.#

      • November 13, 2013

        I read the press release and it looks to me like this could be a good band. I love young people and commend them for developing and putting forth their obvious talents.

        The problem with a born again Christian being in the band would be mainly the fact that they perform in establishments where alcohol is served,
        and for worldly gatherings where Christ is not honored.

        Years ago a physician who was an elder in his church and also preached in evangelistic services said to me “There are two kinds of Christians. There are those who are satisfied just to be saved so they will go to heaven. Then there are those who want to please God in all things and they want Jesus to be the Lord of their lives.”
        Every young Christian today must make this very personal decision which of these he or she will be.

        What will you do with Jesus? Will you let Him be Him Lord of your life?

        For those who truly want to please God and want Jesus to be the Lord of their lives I ask you to prayerfully consider these scriptures that speak about the separated walk of the believer.

        Romans 13:11-14, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Ephesians 5:1-12, 1 John 2: 15-17.

        There are places a Christian should not go. Christians should not go where Christ Himself is not welcome and the will of God is not honored.
        They should not be found where the commandments of God are violated, and ungodliness is celebrated.

        A good question to ask yourself is “Would Jesus come here? Would He be comfortable here?”

        Dedicated born again young people who are willing to surrender their talents wholly to the Lord should be encouraged to form Christian singing groups of various kinds that will present the gospel in music and song. God has a special place for music in His work. It can get into places no other type of ministry can reach, and it touches hearts that will not respond to anything else. Let them boldly come together and go forth! They can minister in churches, at church camps and conventions, in school auditoriums, halls, in prisons, in parks, and on street corners!

        Sanctified Christian people (young and old! are welcome to play and sing in my crusade services anytime if they sing hymns and songs that exalt Christ as our Savior, and coming King!

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

      • Helas!
        November 15, 2013

        WHAT KIND OF CHRISTIAN ARE YOU? please explain,
        you sure sound like the Devil incarnate

    • Di
      November 14, 2013

      The ignorance that spews out of some of your mouths is so remarkable. It is the same bible (MATTHEW 25: 14-30) that speaks of taking your talents and multiplying them. The same bible says it is a sin to do nothing with your God-given talent… but some foolish Christian will come on DNO and restrict a man to a few hours on a Sunday in a church choir. I mean, do you all even read the WHOLE BIBLE? Or just the parts your pastor instructs you to? Foolish…

  10. Curious
    November 12, 2013

    Continue to do a good job Ti orkest… Vibrant and enthusiastic young people …full of charisma… Reach for the stars.. the sky is the limit…one love

  11. Dominican in Antigua
    November 12, 2013

    I saw this band, during the Creole festival am so impress with them. keep it up, and will be seeing this Band soon in Antigua.

  12. Rastafari
    November 12, 2013

    Does the band have a web site, or face book, I need to connect with them, please. Post here or email:

  13. November 12, 2013

    Honestly, there’s no ‘WOW factor in the band. The music industry is tough. trust me when I say its nothing personal.Though u guys may be great for some cocktail music, I just don’t see u all making it big time with the mediocre performances. I want to know that after I have been to a Ti orkest “jam/Concert” i remember that there was this special something that occured or even this special someone i can remember. For example, Elisha benoit may be remember for his eccentric style and great looking back-up vocals, Carlyn for her party pumping voice, colton for his jamaican style and even that new girl in cross vibes for her powerful voice and beautiful show stopping presence. Ti orkest should work on a trademark. I want to see that extra something that is lacking right now.

    • anonymous
      November 12, 2013

      The only thing mediocre here is your review. Your obvoiuos ignorance of the true essence of music by comparing ti orkest to carlyn Xavier who only has a nice body going for her, And colton t’s perpetual nasality and the only proper person you may have tried to compare them with is elisha benoit. This band is the true essence and meaning of a family bond band. And adding insult to injury you had the audacity to say ‘jam’ when referring to ti orkest. They are a band and they have gigs and performances, a jam is a preserve made from whole fruit boiled to a pulp with sugar, not a performance. Go back do your homework then you can come back and even dare to come and speak to me about mediocrity and not seeing the ‘WOW factor’ try listening to good music for once in a while, instead of bombarding your mind with the juvenile perpetualistic form of music we call our own bouyon. And try listening to some tantalizing and rejuvenating music from the (littke ochestra) ‘ TI ORKEST’.

      • APACHE
        November 13, 2013

        annonymous you don’t know the music world

      • hahahaha
        November 13, 2013

        ok really??? so the person canna have an opinion?? and the other person checkin jealous… i find allu ppl impossible… i understand exactly wat magda saying…. i mean they good…but not nuttin special

      • blah blah
        September 13, 2014

        ti orkest, extacy they all the same thing when they come out with their own material i will respect them, they are good musicians but originality rates you.

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2013

      u are so jealous and silly person

    • SMH
      November 13, 2013

      @ Magda….Why are you so negative? just support the band instead of comparing them to others. What, the band will not get better or get the WOW factor u looking for? Stop acting like a FOOL and support local. Ti orkest keep doing allu thing.

  14. him i am
    November 12, 2013

    i believe that the Extasy band should show up on DNO also cause u all share somethings in common.

    • blah blah
      September 13, 2014

      tell extacy to make their own music again the musicains who play the instruments a good but get allu own material, dominicans too like to follow fashion, you cannot take someone work and get credit for it..!!!

  15. Negbawi
    November 12, 2013

    As long as this band stays away from anything thats looks, smells or taste like bouyoun they will be successful

  16. speechless
    November 12, 2013

    Congratulations Ti Orkest, keep it up and always look to perfect the art and performace, you guys are great….Gerrant does really enjoy them zouk and compas boi….lol,

    • November 12, 2013

      Thing is, although they have some good singers. I really dont find them that entertaining. they still have some work to do in terms of all round appearance and performance.

      • Anonymous
        November 12, 2013

        whats wrong with you girl? u are so jealous!! stop with ur silly comments

  17. November 12, 2013

    PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. You will get to your destination. Congratulations, do not allow the music industry back home to die.

  18. Anonymous
    November 12, 2013

    Have not heard the band but may i suggest you guys get a brass section. Sax, trumpet or french horn and trombone. Alao add two other purcusion. Trust me you will leap way above the rest

    • HELP US
      November 12, 2013

      make a contribution plz

  19. Observant
    November 12, 2013

    Whether or not the singer’s style is suited for the genre of music, what do you expect her to do? Not sing? I love this band! I love their style and their vybe. And another note, there is nothing indecent about shorts, its not excessively short or revealing. Some of yall need to chill! Smh

    • November 12, 2013

      Nothing is wrong with her shorts, I agree. Some performers go on stage naked. She is singing, not selling.

  20. Niko
    November 12, 2013

    Not a bad group although I find that Melinda’s style of singing is not suited for all genres especially bouyon and soca music. Her singing can be a little too nasal I find (just my opinion)but I like the band and wish them well.

    • November 12, 2013

      I have not heard their music, but if you say her singing is a “little too nasal” I think she should open up her vocal passage to allow the music to go out freely. She will get better, hopefully. She probably need some voice lessons.

  21. Producer
    November 12, 2013

    Quote…”The band does not indulge in obscenity and indecent language or lyrical content, and reflects dignity and pride in its appearance and disposition.”….that’s cool, so tell the singer to not wear shorts again (when performing) like the picture shows….just an observation…don’t take it negative….I checked your CITP performance and was impressed. :wink:

    • Marigot
      November 12, 2013

      I don’t understand u. We live in the real world,. What the hell is wrong with the girl’s shorts. damn hypocrite and critic. stupes

    • November 12, 2013

      Some performers go on stage practically naked. What do you mean by “not wearing shorts”? Can you be a little more explicit? Would long pants be better?

    • Dvt
      November 12, 2013

      but is that nah… saquez hypocrite

      • Producer
        November 13, 2013

        @Dvt and Marigot….both you are the real hypocrites… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • ME
      November 13, 2013

      i guess the singer dressed for the occassion. guess it wasnt a place like fort young happy hours they were performing at.

  22. Cupid
    November 12, 2013

    Good upcoming Band….great potential. Keep working hard and continue to reach for the stars. I’ve listened and seen to you play and I absolutely love it!!! You can do it!!!

  23. November 12, 2013

    Great jobs guys I enjoyed you music when I came home for the creole fest. you all have great potential, keep it up I can see you all going real fay.

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