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Volume No. 2 Issue No. 57 - Monday October 13, 2008
Madame of Madame Wob Dwiyet: A show for the ages
Thomson Fontaine

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AShlene Giraudel crowned Madame of Madame Wob Dwiyet (Photo Eric Charles)
It was dubbed the Madame of Madame Wob Dwiyet Show, and it did not fail to live up to expectations. Irvington, New Jersey came alive last weekend to arguably one of the greatest show’s depicting Dominica’s cultural heritage so far in this Reunion year.

Six beautiful ladies, all former winners of the Madam Wob Dwiyet competitions met head to head in a spectacular display of glamour, beauty, culture, music and the true Dominican spirit.

Siraya Timothy, Ashlene Giraudel, Carol Telemaque, Lovelle Beaupierre-Nelson, Sabina George-Mingo and Lena Stoute, treated hundreds of ardent fans to an unprecedented display of the very best of Dominica.

The six contestants competed in four separate categories: creative wear, talent, wob dwiyet and in an interview. In the creative wear category, patrons were treated to a dazzling montage of color, style and creativity as the contestants played on variations of the flag, Dominica’s natural beauty and the abundance of color.

In the wob dwiyet display, the contestants glided across the stage harking back to a time when the Matadors’ dressed in their Sunday best and walk around town in timeless elegance, befitting a proud and dignified people.

Contestants depicted a series of themes in the talent competition, focusing mainly on a nostalgic look of Dominica. If the intention was to make the crowd miss their homeland then that was clearly accomplished. Patrons laughed, others cried, but all were taken by the powerful depictions of Dominica as it was meant to be.

The entire competition was punctuated by the uplifting sounds of quadrille, belee, calypso, and Dominica folk songs, some performed by the local Bozai band. Alex Bruno, fresh from the Nature Isle gave a masterful display as he worked the crowds with classic Dominican humor and ‘bon temps’.

And so it was after three hours of an intoxicating display of the best Dominica had to offer, Ashlene Giraudel, the 2006 winner, was adjudged the winner coming ahead of Sabina George-Mingo and Lovelle Beaupierre.

Working hard to ensure the success of the show was Angela Sylvester and the Dominica Emerald Organization of New Jersey (DEONJ). A show for the ages, one to remember and cherish, even as a proud nation celebrates thirty years. E-mail to a friend

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