Occur Goes Global - The Music of Dominica

Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Don’t get it confused with the Dominican Republic (that nation is featured next week). Dominica is a Caribbean island nation alive with the Creole spirit and the soul of calypso. Let’s meet five bands and artists meshing pulsating tunes with passionate political sermons. WCK Windward Caribbean Kulture are the creators of bouyon, a “gumbo soup” of music that mixes Creole, Carib, calypso, African and reggae influences. Since 1988, the high-energy innovators have put to infectious rhythms lyrics... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Barbados

Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Yes, Rihanna is for all intents and purposes the musical ambassador from the Caribbean island of Barbados. But beyond her pop flair, there is an exuberant array of calypso, jazz and carnival artists from this thriving nation. We’ll explore the bands who give voice to the celebration of Crop Over (a festival with roots in the sugarcane harvest) and the native instruments that are distinctly Barbadian.   Troubadours International Talk about longevity— this reggae/dance collective first got together... READ MORE