Veteran bandleader and sax player will be honored at Dominica’s 13th Annuanl World Creole Music Festival this month for his contributions to Caribbean music. Val Cuffy, events director of the Dominica Festival, said that the Festival “will be celebrating Roy Cape by honouring him for his contribution to Caribbean music for the last decades, as well as Dominica’s own Swinging Stars. This big band concept of music is falling by the wayside to keyboard and drum machines, so we need to idolise and really keep these guys playing so we are looking forward to welcoming Roy and his band to the Festival.”
Cape, who will be performing for the first time at the Festival, is looking forward performing and receiving the award. “I was given a National Award in 1994 (Hummingbird gold) but that is in Trinidad. This honour is coming from another island, Dominica, and it is very special when you have another country in the Caribbean paying tribute to you.”
The Festival takes place over three nights, October 30 to November 1, from 7 pm until 6 am the next day. “It will be three nights of high intense action from all the artistes and people can come in and enjoy our creole foods, our creole music and lifestyle,” said Cuffy. In the build-up to the main event, there is the Digicel Red River Jamboree to be held on October 24, at Layou Park, Roseau. It is an all-inclusive family event with local music and food. There is also Lime Creole In The Park on October 26 at the Botanical Gardens and Creole Day/National Parade on October 30, in Roseau. The Festival gets going with the Swinging Stars, one of Dominica’s leading calypso bands, Allan Cave backed up by ZIN, La Perfecta with salsa and meringue and Music For Real (MFR). The following night the Icons of Zouk will be in the spotlight, along with Dominican band Caribbean Vibes, DLUX Mizik, Sweet Mickey (Michel Martelly), Morgan Heritage and Triple Kay International Band. The final show will feature the Cadence Icons, Winward Caribbean Kulture (WCK), Michele Henderson, Maxi Priest, the Nature Boyz Band, Roy Cape All Stars and soca stars Denise Belfon, KMC, Iwer George, Kurt Allen and his daughter Chocolate and the Soca Monarch of Dominica Daddy Chess.
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Photo of Roy Cape from the Trinidad Guardian at http://legacy.guardian.co.tt/archives/2005-03-02/