Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (CPAF) commends organizers of Bouyon Monarch Competition. CPAF acknowledged that the organizers promoted the Bouyon Monarch Competition, on 31 January 2016, and thereby helped in further developing that music genre in Dominica. Eight (8) artistes participated in the competition which was won by Carlene ‘XP’ Xavier Phillip.
Hannif Gregoire is Dominica’s representative for CPAF. He complimented the artistes for doing a “fantastic job”. He also commended the organizers for seeing the need to host the event and having the courage to “step up and undertake such an initiative”. He expressed the hope that next year, there would be a greater group of artistes coming forward to participate”.
Gregoire believes collaboration with the Bouyon monarch competition organizers “goes hand in hand with CPAF’S mandate” which is to develop the art-form and develop an industry in Dominica. He says the only way the genre can grow is through unity; “for all of us to come together for positive causes”. He explained that it is essential for artistes to understand the business aspect of the music industry, because they also want to make a living from it.
“We must understand that what we’re involved in the business of music, and with education programs, training programs, that’s the way our artistes can understand their business, and thereby want to develop it. That’s what we stand for, and that’s what we plan to do for the upcoming year,” Gregoire explained. He encourages all artistes to get on board with the work that CPAF is doing, and to get involved in the training sessions it plans to host.
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