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Lisda Sawney Lends A Hand During Oliver Samuel’s Divorce Papers

(Washington – DC) Yesterday, Sunday, September 20th 2015, Rebuild Dominica held a successful fundraiser at Howard University during “Divorce Papers,” a comedic play starring Jamaican sensation; Oliver Samuels. As disaster relief efforts continue, supporters of Dominica provide additional platforms for fundraisers that benefit the people of The Commonwealth of Dominica.


Rebuild Dominica, Inc. extends a special “Thank You” to Lisda Sawney, who offered to sponsor a fundraising booth during Oliver Samuel’s hit play, “Divorce Papers.” A native of Grenada, Mrs. Lisda Sawney has been awarded for her excellence in community service and health initiatives. She has been featured, April 2014, in an article from Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine: Outstanding Grenadians In the Diaspora (edited by Andy Pilgrim). In the article, Sawney was noted as having being recognized in 2001 by the International Honor Society of Nursing as one of the “100 Extraordinary Nurses” in the Washington area, in 2012 the Government of Grenada Homecoming Award, an in 2013 she was presented with an award by Gillian M.S. Bristol, former Ambassador of Grenada to the OAS and US, in recognition of her “Steadfast Commitment to her homeland and for her unswerving partnership.

Dominica’s supporters throughout the Caribbean and in the diaspora are stepping up to help with the Rebuild Dominica initiative. Individuals such as Lisda Sawney make it possible for Rebuild Dominica to continue relief efforts!

Cast: Dennis Titus, Maylynne Walton-Lowe, Oliver Samuels and Ruth Ho Shing
Cast: Dennis Titus, Maylynne Walton-Lowe, Oliver Samuels and Ruth Ho Shing

About “Divorce Papers”

Like other Oliver Samuels’ uproarious classics, “Divorce Papers,” written by Basil Dawkins and directed by Douglas Prout, is the definition of a family friendly comedy-drama. After months of sold-out runs in Jamaica, “Divorce Papers,” starring Oliver Samuels with Ruth Ho Shing, Barbara McCalla, Dennis Titus and Maylynne Walton-Lowe, has captivated audiences in other Caribbean islands and Toronto and will certainly do so in the UK and US. “This play is not only for persons who are divorced or who are contemplating divorce, but for all persons interested in romantic relationships.” Rev. Devon Dick, Jamaica Gleaner. “Samuels leads a cast of experienced, accomplished actors in this hilarious and exhilarating but informative production.” PRIDE Magazine Toronto.

About Everybody’s Caribbean Magazine

EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American magazine, launched January 1977. The magazine produces and promotes Caribbean plays and concerts and is the longest surviving Caribbean-American publication with subscribers across the U.S. It is published by Herman Hall Communications, Inc.  and publishes 6 printed editions per year.  EVERYBODY’S “Caribbean” Magazine is the essential guide for things Caribbean and in Caribbean communities overseas. Features cover today’s hottest personalities from entertainers, musicians to public servants.


This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or

Donation Drive at Caribbean Cargo DC on September 19th!


Rebuild Dominica has partnered with Caribbean Cargo DC. We invite you to join our relief efforts during this donation drive event. Please drop off donated items and contributions toward shipping this Saturday (September 19th, 2015) from 10 AM to 4 PM at Caribbean Cargo DC – 9700 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy, Lanham, MD 20706.

For supporters unable to drop off during this relief drive, please consider making an online contribution. Many thanks in advance for your support!


Zouk in the Park Set for Mount Rainier Nature Center Sunday, September 27, 2015

Make plans to attend this year’s Zouk in the Park. This free event will be held at Mount Rainier Nature & Recreation Center in Prince Georges County, MD on Sunday, September 27th from 3p.m. to 7p.m. The nature center has live animals, educational displays, a game room, and an outdoor playground. The facility is located near West Hyattsville Metro at 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.


Festival goers will experience the infectious beats of zouk music, which originated in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Today it is very popular in Haiti, St. Barts, French Guiana, St. Martin, St. Lucia, and Dominica.

Zouk is also popular in Belgium, France, Quebec, Canada and French speaking countries in Africa (such as Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Benin, Niger, Congo, Cameroon, Togo). Cape Verde & Angola enjoy Kizomba & Cabo-Zouk, typically sang in Portuguese. In South America, Lambada zouk is gaining increasing popularity in Brazil.

Salsa fans will love zouk! Everyone is welcome to have a great time while listening and dancing to the rhythmic tunes of Francophone music at Zouk in the Park. At this African and Caribbean French music event, attendees will be treated to an amazing line up of classic and contemporary tunes and beats. A diverse playlist of music will be played to showcase this very fun and melodic style of music. Among the various genres set for the ultimate francophone music event are Soukous, N’Dombolo, Makossa, Kompa, Cadance, Coupe Decale, Mbalax, Afropop and even Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha and Cabo-Zouk.

Like ZoukFest, at “Zouk in the Park” there will be activities for kids on the playground, food for purchase, and arts & craft vendors. Bring the family, lawn blankets, and picnic chairs.

LuvZouk encourages your support of Dominica in the aftermath of tropical storm Erika. About 15 inches of rain fell on the mountainous Caribbean island of about 70,000 people on August 27th. Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address, “damage inflicted by the storm set the island back 20 years.” “The extent of the devastation is monumental. It is far worse than expected,” he said, adding that hundreds of homes, bridges, and roads have been destroyed. “We have, in essence, to rebuild Dominica.” Airports were left inoperable, and some communities remained isolated by flooding and landslides.

Donations will be collected at the event to aid in Rebuild Dominica’s relief efforts.

For more information about “Zouk in the Park” and other great zouk music events in the greater Washington DC area, visit