Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bouyon

LargeUp Recommends: World Creole Music Festival 2013

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Just about every island nation has an international music fest nowadays, but there aren’t any others quite like Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Artists To Watch in 2013


Words by Jesse Serwer and Erin MacLeod, Chronixx Photo by Martei Korley—

Chronixx by Martei Korley

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Impressions: Dominican Music + Culture at the World Creole Music Festival


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

Ophelia Marie at the World Creole Music Festival

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Bouyon Bass: Asa Bantan’s “One Man” Mashes Up Dominica

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

Asa Bantan Photo by Martei Korley

The dominant sound in Dominica today, bouyon was developed in the 1980s by bands like WCK, combining elements of kadans (or cadence-lypso), the folk style jing-ping and a quick-paced electronic drum pattern similar to soca. More recently, deejays with raggamuffin-style vocals inspired by dancehall have moved to the fore, updating the sound for the youth.

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