ECentric Productions will be hosting for the second year, Mizik Mélé Mélange, a creole pageant which will be used to launch Creole Heritage Month in Saint Lucia. The event takes place on September 27 at the Gaiety in Rodney Bay.
Coordinator Mary William said the pageant promises to be even more successful than last year’s, as major collaborators such as Alliance Françoise, the Folk Research Centre, the Gaiety in Rodney Bay and ECCO give an added boost to organisers.
Six talented young ladies between the ages of 18-25, who have the ability to speak Kwéyòl, will be participating in the pageant. The contestants were drawn from Ti Rocher Castries, La Toc Castries, Agard Lands, Monchy, Laborie and Mon Repos.
“We will be judging them based on their talent and education. We are looking for them to bring out their creole, not only in the way they speak, but their dress too,” she added.
The pageant affords contestants the opportunity to become part of the Caribbean’s rich and powerful creole heritage.
The creole pageant is focused on Saint Lucia in the initial stages, but the aim of Mizik Mélé Mélange is to give the event a regional focus by facilitating the participation of other French creole-speaking territories in the Caribbean.
Last year Mizik Mélé Mélange collaborated with Youth Fest of Vieux Fort for the inauguration of the creole pageant which coincided with the celebration of Creole Heritage Month.
Although funding was a challenge for this launching, the event proved to be of tremendous benefit for the participants who subsequently became even more successful as models, entertainers and marketers.
Yeshimabeit Alexander, who was sponsored by the Mon Repos Credit Union, currently tours with a modeling agency in the French island of Guadeloupe.
Steve Etienne of ECCO (Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights) has thrown his full support to the pageant.
Etienne said the intended regional outreach of Mizik Mélé Mélange is well within the own purviews of ECCO, which seeks to support initiatives that promotes the uniqueness of the Caribbean and seeks to elevate the creole language and culture.
William and Sam Moncherie are the two individuals behind the organisation of this initiative and they share a passion for organising events that would promote and develop pride in Saint Lucia’s creole heritage. Moncherie resides in Canada but travels the Caribbean working on cultural projects and William, his colleague, is stationed in Saint Lucia, preparing the ground for the grand event.
The team has also received support from Hilary La Force, director of the Folk Research Centre.
For more information on the event please call Mary William at 758-486-054.