Editorial of the President of the Community of Communes of Marie-Galante
What an evolution in 20 years!
Moving from a festival with measured ambitions at its beginnings, to a place to be, elevated to the rank of the biggest festivals of the Caribbean, is one of our most great satisfactions.
Plato said one day: "to know a people you have to know your music".
I will allow myself to add, to know oneself as a person it is necessary to master its history and to appropriate the rhythms that accompanied it.
Our story made of powers, pains and irons, before the embers of freedom, was cradled by the Ka which will be, in all its variants, worthily represented on the great festival scene. Our story also marveled at the sound of the blues born from the genius of our brothers from the neighboring continent, and honored continuously here at Marie-Galante.
Our story, before anything else, bathed in the sounds of Africa that sends us on stage, this year again, one of his most talented sons. How not to remember that the sound of Jamaica has become a global artistic and philosophical influencer, and zouk, born in our archipelago,whispered to each other's ear for love or to raise awareness, is worldwide welcomed into major art.
On our stage we will also have illustrious representatives. At Pentecost fest, Marie-Galante stands at the crossroads of all the music that has packaged our history. For this 20th edition, "Lanné Selébrasyon" we had to roll out the red carpet.
We had to thank you for your loyalty, send you a strong message that I will translate by these simple words: “péyi la piti mé i ka vwe gran”. Our size certainly should not be an obstacle to our development and Festival Terre de Blues is one of the levers. This edition full of symbols, also imposed the highlighting of a citizen who corresponds to the image of the values we celebrate on a daily basis in this area. Hard work, humility instituted in principle essential, solidarity presented as our compass.
In the service of others since always, the head of the CCAS of Grand-Bourg, the first deputy of the city of Grand-Bourg, Mrs. Jocelyne Coquin is the perfect incarnation of devoted commitment. Dear public, after having praised you as every year for your growing number and your good performance in all circumstances, I must extend my thanks to our institutional Regional and Departmental partners, but also to our private partners, our festival is now stabilized financially.
I therefore thank publicly President Harry Chalus and President Josette Borel-Lincertin who, as soon as they took office and our first interviews, they answered the call I made to them to continue to live this wonderful cultural tool and this great vector of communication essential to our territory.
Dear inhabitants, let's continue to impress the world with our savoir-faire, our warmth, our rich culture, our kindness and our sense of authenticity.
To all, I wish a good festival and never forget that once visited and once inhaled to full of bronchi, Marie-Galante is encrusted in your cerebral cortex, inviting you constantly to come back and fight to maintain its singularity.
Dr. Maryse Etzol
President of the community of communes of Marie-Galante