Motto to Dominica: I am sorry

St Lucian Bouyon artiste, Lashley Wendel Winter whose stage name is ‘Motto’, has apologized for what he said was a “slight glitch of words” during his performance at the 21st Edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) on Sunday.

Motto, who was performing for the first time at the festival, said Bouyon music originated in St Lucia.

But in his apology, Motto said what he meant to say was that St Lucia is influenced largely by Bouyon music.

 “I would like to apologize to the people of Dominica for my slight glitch of words last night at the World Creole Fest,” he said. “…After my little speech in [an] attempt to unite bouyon music, I wrongly stated bouyon started in St Lucia where I obviously meant to say Dominica,” he explained.

He said further that he was caught up in the moment when he made the statement.

“Last night, the crowd adrenaline was amazing. [I was] caught up in the moment and did not even realize my error until after finishing performing. I understand this was not received well, but everyone is human, everyone makes mistakes,” The St Lucian music producer/performer explained.

Motto said his remarks should not be viewed as any disrespect to anyone.

“As an artist/producer of St Lucia’s new Dennery segment genre, widely influenced by bouyon, I enjoy exposing the world to the many sounds of the Caribbean. I would never purposely disrespect anyone in that manner,” he added.

Motto expressed his love for Dominica and its music and said he is honoured to have been able to perform at the World Creole Music Festival for the first time.

“Again my deepest apologies for my slight error,” he reiterated.

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25 Comments

  1. KETTY BOUCARD CHIN
    October 29, 2019

    Very very good time at the festival. I understand totally how he got caught up in the moment!! Commandable for apologising!!! Walk good!!!

  2. Loving my country Dominica
    October 29, 2019

    I am sorry to have to say this, St Lucia may be a sister island but they see themselves as better than us in many respects until they see us with something that they do not have. When a St Lucian friend of mine visited me in Dominica for the first time the person was quite upset (and did remark) about how come Dominica has a Bayfront and they do not have one in St Lucia. When they found out that Alwyn Bullly had started the Literary Festival in Dominica one St Lucia invited to present at the festival remarked that St Lucia has two Nobel Laureats, one of them Derek Walcott for literature and how come is Dominica that organizing a literary festival. The next year they tried to start one, I am not sure where that is today. Did St Lucia not hire a former top World Creole Music Organizer from Dominica to try to start a creole music festival in St Lucia? I am not sure where that is now either, but we must stop being naive in Dominica. Not everyone is happy about our originality.

  3. DAPossieMassive
    October 29, 2019

    It is really amazing how forgiving we are as a people. But my question is whether our people will keep forgiving such an abusive and tyrannical Government in a country where people are so afraid to speak out.

    DOMINICANS: YOU NEED TO FIRST FORGIVE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT FORGIVING SOMEONE ELSE.

  4. DAPossieMasse
    October 29, 2019

    It is amazing how our people are forgiving, and that is so nice. But can you forgive yourself for allowing this regime who is making you suffer that much and you still allow them to?

    Dominicans, YOU NEED TO FORGIVE YOURSELF FIRST.

  5. Herbie J
    October 29, 2019

    My bro. That’s whassup. I commend you for taking responsibility and manning up to things. You are human and not perfect. Thank you for clearing the air. This makes you an even more likable and powerful artist. Dominique and St Luceeee are brother and Sister Islands. You dunnnnn know howtsssss. ReeeesPEK.

  6. Doh try that
    October 29, 2019

    My brother don’t get “caught up in the moment” again. Bouyon originated in Dominica!

  7. Elle
    October 29, 2019

    I have seen Motto on numerous interviews and he always credits “bouyon from Dominica” as one of his Major influences. I’m convinced it was a slip of the tongue. Why would anyone think otherwise? Give him a break!

  8. October 29, 2019

    Any way public servants need their salary OK. Today is the 29th and I haven’t seen nun appear on my eportal. It seems like my PM trying his best to lose that election, or win it 11 to 10. I will not vote eh. OK!!!!. People disgruntled my brother. AND WE NEED OUR WATER PROJECT IN PENVILLE. IF NOT GIVE US FUNDS TO BUY OUR PIPES OUR SELVES BON!!!!. You lucky is like we do like Linton head u know

  9. BMB
    October 29, 2019

    He’s a young and upcoming artiste. Let’s cut him some slack man. After all, Bouyon music was born 10years before him; he erred in his statement. I believe him when he said, “…. caught up in the moment..”. Dominicans are known world over for lighting up an event with crowd participation.

  10. Waiting for airport
    October 29, 2019

    He make a mistake man, ease up on him. Plenty times he big up D A and Bouyon in the past. I think this time he genuinely make a mistake.

  11. October 29, 2019

    At this point, the comments here is 8 and except for 2, I love the essence of the rest.

    A young artiste acknowledged his flaw and he apologized to us, what is best for us to do, if not accept his apology? And so we did!

    Young man, I am adding mine too; thank you for your apology, you said it well

  12. WeNiceMan
    October 29, 2019

    I will give the young man the benefit of the doubt. I saw him on a radio interview with Machel in Trinidad just before carnival. They were featuring the bouyon track they did together. He actually said that Dominica was the origin of bouyon and he grew up a big fan of WCK. The riddim was actually called the WCK riddim.

    So cut the yute some slack.

  13. Galileo
    October 28, 2019

    Those of you speaking of this guy being really contrite are either naive or you may be stuck on Dominica and have never travelled. I live out of Dominica and constantly have arguments with Trinidadians and st lucians about the origins of bouyon. At one barber shop I went into details about WCK and the actual bouyon song and was still laughed at and ridiculed until a Kittitian came to my rescue. It’s an honour they want to deprive us of. Let’s keep promoting bouyon and cadence as our music. Haitians are claiming cadence. These are all indigenous to Dominica.

  14. Mexican
    October 28, 2019

    The abundance of the the heart the mouth utters(Matt:12:34)

    St. Lucia saying is theirs, Trinidad claiming it, and even Grenada doing de same thing and calling in Jap-jap. The list goes on..

    We don’t mind them man play de Bouyon, but going around calling it their’s, is not only UNETHICAL, but is plain naked THEFT. But Dominicans are rather simple people, they will just sit back and allow everyone to walk over them. On their own soil too.

  15. charmaine
    October 28, 2019

    He got called out so he is trying to turn it!

    • Mamizoo
      October 29, 2019

      If you look at his YouTube videos he always promote Bouyon as Dominican and that he has always been inspired by the Dominican music and groups

    • Herbie J
      October 29, 2019

      Nothing is wrong in Being called out. Calling out some one holds them responsible and accountable for their actions and words. What’s important is to acknowledge that what you are being called out for is indeed the truth and not a fake story. So, you apologize, make corrections, adjustments, and restitution in a humbly and respectful manner. And too, you ensure that it doesn’t happen again. This artist has taken responsibility like a MAN and I commend him for this.

  16. Sybil nowell
    October 28, 2019

    No problem my brother everyone makes mistakes. At least you apologised. Wishing you well for the future.

  17. Strictly Local
    October 28, 2019

    It’s all love motto. Just a little mistake. You know Dominica and St Lucia cyah vex.

  18. zandoli
    October 28, 2019

    No worries mate. These things happen.
    Happy you were invited to perform.

  19. Shaka zulu
    October 28, 2019

    St. Lucia is great sister island and great friend. You are forgiven bro. It is an honor for you to claim as yours also. St. Lucia and Dominica is same to me. One love. Survival of boyon and cadance is in the spreading from home base so keep it up. We understand.

  20. Justsayin'
    October 28, 2019

    From day one Motto has credited Dominica for Bouyon, I. Believe his apology is sincere.

  21. Man bites dogs
    October 28, 2019

    Mr Motto, we accept your apology anyone can make a mistake we all do look no further than these second hand clowns 🤡 under the name so-called Workers what Workers??

  22. Di Londoner
    October 28, 2019

    Apology accepted, son.

  23. SMH
    October 28, 2019

    Dominica that have more marleh with these people…always have a story with these artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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