Music in the Caribbean has acted as a catalyst to social transformation, political and religious uprising and integration. Essentially, we turn to music when we desire to reconnect with a supreme power, when we need to be reminded of the rigours of racial discrimination, political upheaval and modern social injustices.
Caribbean music has been associated with the exposure of social ills such as poverty, teenage pregnancy and corruption in government. Calypso, which originated from Trinidad, is the musical commentary stage of the Caribbean. Each year, calypso comes alive prior to carnival celebrations in the “nature isle” – much like what obtains in St Lucia. When calypso takes its annual rest, we return to the comforting tunes of reggae.
Bob Marley, recognized as an international reggae sensation, and Dominican reggae artiste Nasio Fontaine are among the popular artiste in rotation on most people’s Caribbean inspired playlists. Zouk, inspired by music from the French, also has a special place in our hearts and music from the Bouyon traditional has even been embraced in times of partying. To add to this elite group of genres, we welcome the pulsating “jump and wave” rhythms of Soca. Although Soca is mostly heard in the carnival season, it is used in most social gatherings dubbed as a “lime” or “break away” time. Who is your favourite Caribbean music sensation?
Historians! This summer we are somewhat restricted because of COVID-19. Next summer however, we should plan to go museum hopping in the Guadeloupe Archipelago. Our two-week vacation plan will be compressed. We will be visiting Musée de Rhum, Ecomusée de Marie Galante, Musée de Schoelcher…and more. You will bring along your camera and travel journal to document your hops for posterity.
And if you need that perfect beach to unwind and drift away from the stresses of everyday living …We’ve got it. Introducing Batibou Beach in Dominica… This untouched beauty is located in a remote part of Dominica a few minutes away from Melville Airport. Access to the beach is via 4WD and you should bring along your picnic basket as vending services are unavailable. We recommend that you visit this area in groups because of its remoteness. Get to know your neighbours!
Let’s Go Shopping!
Calling all shopaholics! Building a music collection takes time. Often, you must sieve through hundreds of tracks from multiple genres to find the perfect music for the perfect ambiance. You can be one step closer to fulfilling that task with a visit to Acoustic Video and Music Centre in Roseau, Dominica. Find that memorable classic track with the help of our knowledgeable staff in an easy, well organized setting. A wide range of music genres can be found; Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Classical and Popular Music. Live a little … Shop a little!
Historical note! Did you know that Nasio Fontaine’s “Born to be Free” was the biggest selling single in St Maarteen? Get to know your neighbours!
A bit of the French for the Visitor
Un Musicien: Musician
types of music
Les genres des musique
La musique rock
la musique classique
La musique romantique
A love song
Une chanson d’amour
An old song
Une vielle chanson
La musique contemporaine
I listen to music
j’écoute la musique
La soirée dansante