Dominica, or the Commonwealth of Dominica, to use its official name, was once more host to one of the world’s most exciting music festivals from October 29 to 31. Now in its 14th year, the Annual World Creole Music Festival—originally scheduled for three nights until hurricane Tomas cancelled the show scheduled for the second night—brought together artistes representing various musical genres, such as zouk, kompas, cadence-lypso, and other indigenous styles from East and West Africa, which are intertwined with other sounds of the Caribbean, namely: reggae, soca, calypso and rhythms. For the nature lover, Dominica is the ideal location. When you add more than an ample dose of the best music in the world, the nature island personifies the word, paradise. Before the start of the musical fare, attendees at the festival were able to take advantage of some of the most natural and untouched sites to be found anywhere in the world. cont./
Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC November 1, 2010
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Dominica on 32 years of independence this November 3. The broad partnership between Dominica and the United States is based on a shared commitment to strengthening democracy and promoting sustainable development that widens the circle of prosperity to more people in more places. As you gather to enjoy festivals and celebrate your rich history, I wish all Dominicans a safe and happy Independence Day. I look forward to a future filled with friendship and cooperation between our countries.
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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