A sensational cast of artistes and bands was revealed during the Launch Party of the 20th edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) at Palm Cottage in Roseau on Wednesday 27 June 2018.
The confirmed performers and bands thus far include Yemi Alade of Nigeria, Chronix and Movado of Jamaica, Machel Montano and Kes the Band of Trinidad and Tobago, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Francky Vincent, Stéphane Ravor, Klass, Sweet Micky, Mizik à Nou All Stars, Midnight Groovers, Triple K, Signal Band, and Asa Bantan.
This year’s reveal of performers was a bit different than what previously obtained as the performers and bands were not specified per night.
Events Coordinator at the Dominica Festivals Committee, confirmed after the line-up was announced that additional performers and bands will be announced to the line-up in the coming weeks as a four-month marketing plan has been developed.
The World Creole Music Festival, which is one of the premiere music festivals in the Caribbean, is carded for October 26-28 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau.
This year’s edition is especially significant as it forms part of celebrations to mark Dominica’s 40th anniversary of Independence.
Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority, Benoit Bardouille told the Press Launch that Dominica was brought to its knees after Maria and many wondered whether we would be able to host this signature event.
Thus, Bardouille noted that the staging of the festival is “a clear indication” that recovery continues in earnest and that Dominica is open for business.
Minister for Tourism & Culture, Senator Robert Tonge said the Dominica Government has delivered “a reunion quality line-up” and that the festival has remained true to its origin.
Launched to promote the Dominican tourism product and create a world class platform for indigenous Dominican music, the World Creole Music Festival has become a renowned staple on the regional music gala calendar.
The festival has given special focus to musical genres with roots in various forms of musical fusion from various countries from the Creole-speaking world. To date, musical forms which have gained exposure at the festival include Cadence-lypso, Kompa, Zouk, Soukous, Bouyon and Zydeco.