Blazing their way through the ever changing, ever evolving musical world, Dominican based band ‘Ti Orkest” ( meaning little Orchestra) was established in December 2010.
A strong blend of musical talent, inclusive of songwriters and composers, the musicians stay true to the band’s title, operating like an orchestra.
Persistence, accuracy and dedication drives all of it’s members.
Creig Henry (Band manager)
Dexter Ulysses (Bass guitarist)
Mekhel Lee (Lead guitarist)
Carlos Williams (Male vocalist)
Shalina Samuel (Vocalist)
Melinda Ulysses (female vocalists)
Leon St.Jean (Keyboardist)
Bernet Serrant (Keyboardists)
Micaj Smith (Drummer)
With experiences based on Dominica’s Carnival: The Real Mas, starting in 2010, being one of the Street Parade bands in La Plane, Mahaut and the capital city of Roseau, inclusive of this year’s carnival, as well as having both their female vocalists, Melinda and Shalina ,take part in the National Queen Pageant in 2013 and 2014 respectively, Ti Orkest became very, very popular.
Promotional co-operate events at LIME Dominica, inclusive of their company party and their annual Creole in The Park. The “Jazz n Creole”, an annual event hosted by the Discover Dominica Authority, in 2014, Ti Orkest had a double feature, being the main band at the Fort Young Hotel edition May 17th, and Melinda Ulysses being a featured solo artist at the Main event in Portsmouth May 19th. They also performed at the event all the following years.
The “Real Beer is Carib” rebranding event, and the “Fireworks and Foam” Party hosted by Carib Beer,were big gigs for the band and as a result of them Ti orkest was featured on the televised Tempo Network Documentary of the Carib Beer events. The episodes are still being aired today.
The World Creole Music Festival is the biggest festival on the island of Dominica, and Ti Orkest had a double feature in 2014 with the band and Melinda Ulysses being a featured Rising Star. That year the band also hosted the Media Launch of the said festival.
The band has also performed at local businesses such as The Banana Tree. There as well, Ti Orkest was filmed by Tempo Networks as it was the renaming of the business place from Garage Bar and Grill to The Banana Tree and that too, is still being aired on Tempo.
The band also regurlarly did the Fort Young Hotel’s Happy Hour, and Holiday events at River Stone Bar and Grill, Concerts such as The Girl’s Night Out: Macka Diamond (Where the band was the only live band on the line up). Festivals such as the Cochrane Rabbit Festival, The Bagatelle and Warner Pork Festival, the ICT festival. There are many many more performances that can be named (see attached performance list) and this just goes to show that the band has proven its ability to be versatile. They are able to conform their repertoire to suit the needs of dinners, parties, cocktails, feasts and festivals.
The band is also the NCCU Cadance Lypso Champions for the years 2015 and 2016.
The band was also nominated for the Independent Music Awards based in Manhattan New York for the category of World Beat, for “Best Song”.
Apart from inescapable roots in the local genres of Bouyon and Cadence, an insatiable thirst for music propels each member of the band to persistently dabble in almost every genre of music, From Reggae and sweet Kompas, all the way to Classical and House Music, Ti Orkest truly has “Different strokes for different folks”
Ti orkest has successfully produced many band originals includig, “Handle it” written by Shalina and “Free Me Up” written by Melinda, and also the songs which enabled them to win the NCCU Cadance Lypso competition: “Cock-Ma”, “Ou Pa Konnet” and “Wespe Ime”.
The band works towards being an irreplaceable, refreshing and powerful icon, at the forefront of the music industry, bringing people together, touching every corner of the globe and doing what they love!
Finally the band promises to always emit that “feel good vibe” from its unique sound.
Ti Orkest, the future is in our music.