Roseau Dominica – (October 10, 2018) — Super carnival group, Ban Akiyo of Guadeloupe will form part of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival experience, and will be embedded among the large numbers of festival fans on Night Two of the festival, Saturday 27th October, 2018, performing and entertaining the masses during the various intervals on the grounds of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in, Roseau, Dominica
Akiyo, one of the most recognized and powerful carnival groups in the Antilles brings to the festival, a rich mix of the traditional Gwoka drumming born in Guadeloupe with African retentions and afro-Caribbean sensibilities. The grouping is well known for having modernized the Guadeloupe carnival scene with their unique brand of carnival music.
They have influenced major changes to the old carnival forms, eliminating the satin-glitter costumes, cans, plastic and other elements of the old mas, replacing them with a dynamic sound of Gwoka drumming, masks and passionate singing of love and social commentary.
They have over the period since the 1980’s helped to make this sound more distinctive and modern, improving on the instruments and enhancing the structure of the rhythm that has now given true expression to a real carnival sound not only in Guadeloupe but in many different parts of the Creole world where they have appeared to popularize the tradition.
Ban Akiyo, will bring their unique rhythm and powerful sound to the grounds of Festival City on the middle night of the festival, and continue the tradition to entertain and bring the people together in love and unity. At the end of the second night, they will take their sound and the masses with them to the Creole Bod La Mer on the Roseau Bayfront to thrill patrons with their unique drumming..
Festival fans and patrons can look forward to this unique Creole expression and get ready to celebrate with this dynamic Creole outfit as part of the 20th Edition of the World Creole Music Festival: C’est Mizik A Nou.
The participation of Ban Akiyo is made possible through the kind support of Alliance Francaise de la Dominique