The ‘original kings of Cadence,’ the Midnight Groovers, was the main act of the “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” staged in St. Lucia on Sunday.
The event featured St. Lucian creole cuisine, a wide variety of world-class beers and live performances.
Entertainment was also provided by the reigning champion party band of St. Lucia, DYP, as well as traditional groups Mamai Lacaye, Secret Band and Avot Servis, the Harmonite Steel Band, Lighting dancers, Ricky T, MC Pringles and the 2013 Piton Soca Starz winner Soca Bandit, the “Pork sauce” man.
Six international beers were highlighted at the festival, including the Oktoberfest beer Paulaner Beer, Amstel Extra, Parbo Beer, Bulmers Pear Cider, Desperado Red and Affligem Blond.
But it was the Midnight Groovers who held center stage as the main act. Organizers of the event had high praise for the band who they say has “bridged the gap between Cadence and Calypso to present their own brand of music dubbed ‘Cadence-lypso.’”
“With a solid and cultural musical style, Midnight Groovers have created commercial success with their rhythmic sounds, playing to huge crowds in their homeland as well as in the French Antilles and St. Lucia, where they are very popular,” the organizers said. “With more than thirty albums under their belt and a string of hits songs as part of their repertoire including “Pou Yon Koko,” “Milk and Honey” and “Mandella” to name a few, the group can still rock any festival stage.”
Oktoberfest En Kweyol was staged by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) and has been endorsed by Folk Research Center and the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
It was sponsored by LIME, Landmark Event and the official media partners the Wave, Daher Broadcasting Service (DBS) and RCI.