(Originally published at OnePaper.com)
by Edmund A. Toulon/from the official site
Dominica, West Indies: In 1997 Dominica established the Caribbean’s newest festival called the World Creole Music Festival. This indigenous music festival gathers the various forms of Creole Music worldwide over a three-night period dubbed ” three nights of pulsating Creole rhythms and styles,” on one main stage, in the capital city Roseau.
These forms of Creole Music include, Compas music originated in Haiti, Zouk from the French Antilles of Guadeloupe and Martinique, Soukous from West Africa, Cadence Lypso/ Bouyon from Host country Dominica. Over the last two years additional form such as Zydeco music from Louisiana and Salsa from Cuba have been included on the line up.
The World Creole Music Festival has been seen as a major vehicle for tourism promotion for the island Dominica, identified as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean”, along with providing further exposure to these musical idioms. The festival has been able to foster a closer relationship among the musician, bands, patrons and generally Creole music lovers of the Franco-phone community.
Some of the most popular exponents of Creole music, who have graced the World Creole Music Festival stage included: Kassav, Tabou Combo, Grammacks New Generation, Sakis, Francky Vincent, Midnight Groovers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Waliers, Boukman Eksperyans, Malavoi, Ophelia, Magnum Band among others. Since the festival has been established well over sixty musical bands and individuals artist have performed at the event bringing together an estimated seventy-five thousand patrons.
Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival has grown by leaps and bounds, and is laying claim to be the finest and most unique music festival, and once again promises to be bigger and better with new features on each night dedicated to the infectious sounds of the Creole music idioms.
Official Website of the World Creole Music Festival has been offline. You may obtain basic information on the festival at http://www.avirtualdominica.com/wcmf.htm. Caribia Digest will let you know when this situation has changed…