Written by Mara Etienne- Marley
If you enjoy world music, experiencing new cultures and feasting on delicious
food, the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica is the perfect experience
for you! The annual WCMF is certainly one of the most talked about events on the
Caribbean circuit and one of the major cultural attractions of the Nature Island.
The world’s largest gathering of artistes, performing an exotic blend of
indigenous music and uniting people from the creole-speaking world, was
conceived thirteen years ago, out of the need to promote the regions’ vibrant creole
music and to showcase Dominica’s talented musicians to the rest
of the world. It has since grown to be one of the region’s most prominent cultural
gatherings serving a potpourri of creole music at its best.
The annual festival underlines Dominica’s independence celebrations and
is usually held on the last weekend in October. Dubbed three nights of pulsating
rhythms the WCMF is an absolute melting-pot of zouk, cadence, kompa,
reggae and bouyon music from all corners of the globe. Everyone is happy and kept on their toes
from Friday night right through to the wee hours of Monday morning.
While some may be skeptical about mixing other musical genres into a creole musical event,
festival organisers defend this criticism saying that the festival welcomes artistes from
the creole-speaking world as well as those of other genres with roots infused in the creole
language. This has proved a great decision as the festival grows each year with spectators
as well as performers returning time after time. From conception, the WCMF has had an
impressive line-up of artistes with diverse styles from Dominica to Haiti, New
Orleans to Africa, as well as the French Antilles, Jamaica and Trinidad. Fans of this creole
extravaganza have fond memories of live performances by Maxi Priest, Kassav, Wyclef Jean,
Grammacks, Carimi, Franky Vincent, Sakis, Shaggy, Exile One, Tabou Combo and Machel
Montano amongst others. A bigger and better show is expected in 2010 at the Windsor
Park Sports Stadium, with Jamaica’s reggae icon Jah Cure kicking it up a notch along with
a spectacular line-up of A-list performers.
So if you are wondering where you can put on your dancing shoes and jam to the best in creole
music under one roof, you should know that the Word Creole Music Festival in Dominica is the place to be!