The twentieth edition of the World Creole Music Festival has been launched.
The Festival, which was inaugurated in 1997, celebrates French-Caribbean genres including Dominica’s indigenous cadence-lypso and bouyon, Zouk from neighboring Guadeloupe and Martinique and Haitian Kompa.
As part of the media launch, which took place at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday 13 July 2017, the line-up of artistes, bands and performers for the annual festival was announced and is as follows;
Night One – Friday 27 October 2017 : Breve, Klass, Movado, First Serenade Band, Yemi Alade, and Triple Kay International
Night Two – Saturday 28 October 2017 : Marce et Tumpak, Kai/Machel Montano, Etana, Romain Virgo, Asa Bantan, Zouk All Stars, Jean-Marc Ferdinand, Orlane/Franky Vincent, Stephane Ravor
Night Three – 29 July 2017: Mizik A Nou All Stars, Kalash, Swinging Stars with Calypsonians, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, and Sweet Micky.
In keeping with the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal’s plan to maintain a high standard of the festival, government has again approved a subvention of 1.7 million dollars towards staging of the festival.
Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge, who informed of the decision at Thursday’s launching, said the aim is to ensure that Dominica continues to “get it right” in planning and executing the festival.
In May of this year, the World Creole Music Festival was featured in Billboard’s ‘7 Caribbean Music Festivals That Get It Right’ list.
Among previous artistes who performed at the Festival are Franky Vincent; Kassav, Zouk Machine, Sweet Micky, Carimi, Sakis, Soucous, Elvis Crespo, Wyclef Jean, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Third World, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Machel Mantano, Cecile, Destra, Denise Belfon, Kerwin Dubois, Byron Lee, Jeff Joseph, Exile One, Swinging Stars, WCK and the Triple Kay Band.