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Creole music goes global

The Caribbean’s vibrant Creole culture is going global, now that top international television network, Black Entertainment Television (BET) has agreed to shoot the 9th edition of the World Creole Music
Festival, on the small island nation of Dominica October 28-30, 2005.
“We think this would be a fantastic relationship for us,” said Dominica’s Director of Tourism, Sharon Pascal of the island’s new partnership with BET. “This partnership will give the destination tremendous visibility, more than we would have been able to do on our own,” an elated Pascal continued.

“BET Jazz has millions of viewers.. we have seen what it has done for other festivals in the Caribbean so we are expecting to get that same level of exposure for the destination and for this world class musical event.”

This year’s lineup includes Kassav from France, Patrick St. Eloi of Guadeloupe, Machel Montano and Xtatik from Trinidad and Tobago, Djakout Mizik from Haiti, Monique Seka - the “Afro-Queen of Soukous music”, along with Sizzzla out of Jamaica.

“This year’s line up promises to be one that is unrivaled as the Dominica Festivals Commission stages the 9th production of this world-class event,” said Jeffrey Brisbane, Executive Director of the Dominica Festivals Commission, who, too, expressed his excitement about the BET partnership.