BIO: RALPH CASIMIR
CULTURAL PASSPORT -CD
ROC News Update
"Building Dominica: One Song At A Time"
Sixteen of the very best musicians from Dominica, Nature Island of the Caribbean, have donated 16 incredible tracks to the result-oriented Ralph Casimir and Orion Cultural Fund (ROC Fund), spearheaded by Delmance "Ras Mo" Moses. The songs will be published on a CD entitled Cultural Passport to be launched on October 25th, 2003, 7 days before Dominica’s Independence Day, and at the beginning of the acclaimed World Creole Music Festival, the most popular tourist event on the Island. The funds generated from this project will be earmarked towards teaching of culture, music and music business to the youths of Dominica. Dominica has been noted to be a cultural center in the Caribbean, sprouting music styles such as Zouk, Belle’ Cadence and Bouyon; however, the island fall short of harnessing the full potential of its music from a social and economic standpoint. This is a self-reliant endeavor aimed at preserving the cultural identity and strengthening the national independence of Dominicans.
According to Free Joseph, one of the several artists involved in the project, "The musicians have been long aware that collective security brings unity. Through this project the fruits will ripen faster and the youths shall reap the harvest". Another, Wendy Robin, who resides in Canada said, "Dominica is filled with very talented people and we all need to support each other because we might just be grooming the next superstar".
The ROC Fund was created after the name of Ralph Casimir and Orion. Ralph was a bookbinder, commission agent, solicitor clerk, cantor for the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Town Councilor, and secretary of the famous West Indian Conference of 1932. He founded the first Literacy Society in Dominica and was responsible, as an agent for the Black Star Line and member of the United Negro Improvement Association, for bringing Marcus Garvey to the Island. Orion is a national female legend who was a preserver of Dominica’s traditions, a magnificent drummer, dancer, artist and teacher - a "jack of all trade" and master of all.
Some of the artist involved in the project includes Nasio Fontaine, Ophelia Marie, Ras Perez, Reggae Cowboys, Lazo, Camron Pierre, Jeff Joseph & the Grammax band, Pat Aaron, Jahlee, to name a few. The CD, scheduled for release on October 25th, will be designed with a picture of Dominica’s passport at the front, signifying the fact that Dominica’s musicians are Dominica’s cultural ambassadors.
The ROC Fund is offering businesses advertisement spots on the booklet of the CD. Businesses and individuals such as the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences, Gabriel Christian Law Firm, Dr. Clayton Shillingford, Alwin Bully, William James, Gomo George, DUKA, Linton Scotland, TheDominican.net, Tax Friends, BuyDominica.com and more have all contributed to this project.
The ROC Fund is still accepting businesses that would like to advertise on the CD. Also, financial contributions are tax-deductible. For further information, please contact Delmance Moses: (203)605-0925/(256)651-3304 or email@example.com
N. Nixon (Director)
BuyDominica; Tel: 256-651-3304
Thanks to Gomo George, our visual arts director, a Dominican artist based in Toronto, for the free donation of his time and energy which resulted in the design of the logo (see left) for the ROC project.
Symposium on Dominica in UK
Ras Mo coordinator of the ROC project will address the Symposium on Dominica to be held in London UK on August 21st 2003. Speaking on the topic, " The Diaspora and culture in Dominica". In his address Ras Mo will appeal to the audience to donate to the ROC Fund.
The following Artists have agreed to contribute to the compilation CD:
RAS MO, PAT AARON, BOOMSHAKA, NORMAN ENCEE CYRILLE, HARRY MO MOISE, OSBORNE IFEEL JOSEPH, JAH-LEE ALFRED, FREE JOSEPH, ZAIRO ST HILAIRE, DUWABLADE , NASIO FONTAINE, NIDECK ADAMS (ADJAH), PATO. CLEVE HURRICANE JEAN JACQUE, TRONADA.
REGGAE COWBOYS, LAZO, LEVITASYON, WENDY ROBIN, PECHE, PAULA LETANG.
PEREZ ST HILAIRE (GERMANY), JEFF JOSEPH & GRAMMACKS (FRANCE), CAMRON RIZOE PIERRE (ENGLAND).
The liner notes for the CD will be written by ALWYN BULLY.
Information for the project can also be viewed at The Dominican Newsletter's website at thedominican.net. Contributions by check or money order can be made to:
P O Box 27254
Washington, DC 27254.
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