At the launch of the 16th staging of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) in July organizers announced some of the major acts on the lineup including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Tarrus Riley and local acts such as Ophelia Marie and Triple Kay Global.
Now the official lineup has been released for the show which will take place October 26-28 . The show will honor cadence-lypso legend Jeff Joseph, popularly known as ‘Jeff Jo’, for his dedication to promoting Dominica’s heritage through music. Jeff who was well-loved in the French Antilles as well, died in a Martinique hospital on November 23, 2011. He was founding member of Grammaks band. The highlight of their career were with their appearances during the “Tour de France” in 1977 and their half time performance at the Superbowl in Miami in 1979. Jeff Jo performed at the first WCMF in 1996.
Other acts include Burning Flames from Antigua, Krosfyah from Barbados, Guadelope artists Luc Leandry, and Zouk Machine, Disip Gizman of Haiti and local favorites WCK, Michel Henderson, and5-time calypso Monarch Dice.
Local rising talent – contestants from Dominica Festival of Arts (DOMFESTA) song competition, Cadence Lypso competition winners, Colton T, Asher Thomas, Shameka Sorhaindo, and Chad Astaphan backed up by BREVE.
Asa Banton (Dominica)
Zouk Machine (Guadeloupe)
Tanya St. Val (Guadeloupe)
Luc Leandry (Guadeloupe)
Derick “Rah” Peters (formerly of WCK)
Onyan / Burning Flames [Antigua & Barbuda)
Seventeen Plus (USVI)
Dennison “Dice” Joseph (Dominica’s reigning Calypso Monarch)
Murphy “Sye” Jno. Jules (Dominica’s Reigning Road March Monarch)
Disip Gazzman (Haiti)
Tarrus Riley [Jamaica)
Triple Kay globa (Dominica)
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley (Jamaica)
Ophelia Marie (Dominica)
Michel Henderson (Dominica)
The Original Grammacks International [Dominica- Tribute to Jeff Jo)
Midnight Grooves (Dominica)
I’m feeling the lineup this year, although a month before the show is kinda late to announce the lineup but with Zouk Machine on the lineup I am so sold. Mwen renmen yo!!!
And by the way for those wondering why reggae artists are on a “creole” show it’s beacause Jamaican patiois is a form of creole much like the French patios spoken in Dominica. The confusion lies in the fact that we Dominicans call our patois creole and as such anything that is not patois is seen as not creole.
Anyways enjoy some Zouk Machine in the meantime…Windsor Park kai malade!!!!
WCMF is organized by the Dominica Festivals Commission (DFC) with Digicel as main sponsor.