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Morgan Heritage at the World Creole Music Festival

The World Creole Music Festival (WCMF)was conceived out of a need to provide a stage for Dominican Musician and musical expressions, and to increase Dominica’s visibility overseas.

Held during the last weekend in October, and now in it’s thirteenth year, the 3-night festival has grown to one of the only truly indigenous music event in Dominica and the Eastern Caribbean.

The creole festival has attracted some of the most renowned musical groups and soloists from the creole-speaking world. Groups such as Ti-Vice, First Serenade, Zouk Machine, Magnum Band, Zin, Taxi Creole, Kassav, Tabou Combo, Exile One, Gramacks/New Generation, WCK, Carimi among others as well as solo artists like Sakis, Ophelia, Tania St. Valle, and Franky Vincent have thrilled festival audiences over the years.

And this year the WCMF was no different; we at Dominica-weekly had the opportunity to checkout night two of the thirteen World Creole Music Festival – which featured bands like Morgan Heritage – who put on a phenomenal performance, Sweet Mickey, Caribbean Vibes, Triple Kay band, and Dlux Band.

Here are some highlight moments, and a short video from night-two of the 13th Annual Creole Music Festival.

P.S. Just maybe…if we can get some help from the Dominica Festivals Commission we will be able to cover all three nights of the festival next year.

Dominican Musicians

dlux mizik at WCMF in Dominica

Una and Mr Mojo at WCMF

peter morgan

gramps morgan at WCMF in Dominica

sweet mickey at the WCMF in Dominica

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The Nature Island Hosts Cultural Events in Honor of Their Independence Celebrations

With a number of festive, authentic and traditional Creole events occurring throughout October and November, Dominica is giving travelers even more reasons to visit “the Nature Island.” In addition to its numerous nature based attractions and activities, the destination has planned some unforgettable events leading up to Dominica’s 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival, the social extravaganza of the year.

This is an exciting time of year for visitors to be in Dominica,” comments Colin Piper, Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. “It is when the heart and soul of our country, and who we are as a people are reflected through the events and festivities taking place. We welcome visitors to come experience this first hand and see and feel it for themselves.”

Heritage Day – October 25, marks Heritage Day, a day where villages are recognized and awarded for their uniqueness. Each year a different village is recognized. It is an opportunity to highlight individual, community and institutional achievements. This year, Dominica is recognizing the village of Giraudel Eggleston and Dominicans will roam their streets showcasing the town’s cultural music, dance and food.

Creole In The Park – On October 26 – 29, Dominica will hold their 7th annual LIME Creole in the Park, which was established for a daytime event during Dominica’s Independence celebrations. The four day event is held at the historic Botanical Gardens and features performances from local, regional and international artists. The event blends traditional Creole music with steel pan drums, with the delectable aromas of local cuisine.

World Creole Music Festival – Highly anticipated by fans of this style of music throughout the world, the 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival will be held October 30 – November 1, 2009. A well-established Caribbean and International platform for artists of the genre, the festival is widely seen as one of the only truly indigenous music events in the Caribbean. Over the years, the festival has attracted some of the most renowned musical groups and soloists from the Creole-speaking world.

This year’s line-up includes but not limited to; acts from Swinging Stars, La Perfecta, Caribbean Vibes and solo artists; Sweet Mickey, Michele Henderson and Maxi Priest. Past artists have included such premier acts as Exile One, Kassav, Gramacks/New Generations, Tabou Combo and others as well as solo artists like Sean Paul, Ophelia, Tania St. Valle, Sakis and Franky Vincent.

Independence Day – On November 3, Dominica will celebrate its 31st year as an independent nation with an array of cultural events, parties, traditional music performances, folklore and dances. During this time, citizens and friends of Dominica unite to celebrate and reflect on the progress and development that has taken place over the years and to reaffirm their commitment to building a better future for “the Nature Island.” Many milestones have been reached over this period of 31 years and this is an opportunity to highlight, individual community and institutional accomplishments.

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Well, Festival fans, it’s that time of year again; 13th annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) has announced the lineup for this year’s festivities. With a solid stream of performances by international and local artists – running from October 30th to November 1st, 2009 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, there’s something there for just about every musical taste.

But wait, you say you don’t like creole or zouk music? There’s actually way more going on than just creole and zouk music. There’s a night with reggae vocalist MAXI Priest – who’s best known for singing Reggae music with an R&B influence and reggae giants Morgan Heritage known for their mellow, RB-influenced, vocals and Rastafarian lyrics.

Mind you, if you do like creole or Zouk music, there’s plenty of that to go around in all flavours from kompa, Meringues, Retro Soul, salsa, and tropical sounds. The list of artists is simply huge: Sweet Mickey, DLUX Mizik,Allan Cave backed up by ZIN, La Perfecta, Kassav,and Icons of Zouk.

Not to mention the number local Dominican bands preforming on each night of the festival. Bands like: Dominica’s #1 party band Swinging Stars, MFR, Caribbean Vibes, Triple Kay International, WCK, Michele Henderson, and Nature Boys Band.

World Creole Music Festival: 2009 Lineup

Friday 30th October 2009

  • Swinging Stars
  • La Perfecta
  • Kassav
  • Music For Real – MFR Band
  • Allan Cave backed up by ZIN

Saturday 31st October 2009

  • DLUX Mizik
  • Sweet Mickey
  • Morgan Heritage
  • Caribbean Vibes
  • TheIcons of Zouk
  • Triple Kay International

Sunday 1st November 2009

  • Maxi Priest
  • Cadence Icons
  • Michele Henderson
  • Nature Boys Band
  • Winward Caribbean Kulture – WCK

For a complete rundown of the biggest music festival nature island has to offer, visit:http://www.wcmfdominica.com/performers.php

So how about you? What acts are you interested in seeing?

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