In an effort to revitalize and preserve Bouyon Music in Dominica, the organizers of the Bouyon Monarch Competition have launched a national artist drive in preparation for next year's event.
Public Relations Officer of Bouyon Monarch 2017, Val Cuffy said: “What we are doing is a national event that needs the support of all Dominicans, because we saw the demise of cadence music. We are seeing where Bouyon is almost heading to that precipice. What these young guys are doing is trying to bring Bouyon back up.”
The inaugural competition took place on January 30, 2016 and has since been deemed a success. The winner of that competition was 'Carlyn X-P' Xavier-Phillip. She walked away with a crown and $7,000. The 1st runner up was Beno Christmas, who walked away with $5,000, and 2nd runner up was Anwa Cadette who walked away with $3,000.
Cuffy said “We want the cream of the crop, the best of the best this year. Now is the time to come out and help save this Artform Mr. Cuffy. We are calling out on the lead singers of the Triple Kays, The WCKs, Fanatik, Calypsonians and the like. The genre needs you, and it needs you to call us to confirm your registration!”
In an attempt to raise the bar for competitors, and to better capture the interest of potential contestants, the winning prize has been set to $10,000. The 1st Runner-up will walk away with $5,000 and the 2nd Runner up with $3,000.
The 2017, Bouyon Monarch Competition is geared toward providing local Bouyon artists, with a platform to showcase their talent, in an effort to improve the standard of the Artform.
Registration is ongoing, and will continue until September 30, 2016. The cost of Registration is $200.
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