DFC announces final line-up for WCMF 2012

Zouk Machine makes a return to WCMF

The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC), producer of the annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) has announced the final line-up for the 2012 staging of the show.

The show will honor cadence-lypso legend Jeff Joseph, popularly known as ‘Jeff Jo’, for his sterling contribution to Dominica’s music culture and for his many years of dedicated service to the island’s cultural and artistic development.

A night of Bouyon, Zouk and Compas will open the gates to the 16th annual World Creole Music Festival on October 26. Patrons will get the opportunity to enjoy acts from local bouyon band WCK, new bouyon sensation Asa Banton, Haitian Compas group Kreyola and Zouk artistes from the French West Indies including Zouk Machine, Tanya St.Val and Luc Leandre.

Night two, October 27, will bring to the stage Barbadian Soca band Krosfyah led by Edwin Yearwood, local soca band Fanatik, Derick “Rah” Peters of WCK fame, Onyan of Burning Flames, Fredo of Seventeen Plus from the USVI, reigning calypso monarch Dice and road march king Sye. Also on the line up for that night is Disip Gazzman of Haiti, Reggae star Tarrus Riley, and Triple Kay Global.

Roots music will be the highlight of night three, October 28, with a major tribute to Jeff Jo. That night will feature Damian “Jr Gong” Marley out of Jamaica, Ophelia Marie and Michelle Henderson. The Original Grammacks International is also expected to make their debut performance on the WCMF stage paying tribute to their late leader Jeff Jo. T-Vice and Chubby and the Midnight Groovers will also perform on the closing night of the festival.

The Friday night of the festival is also dubbed “Dominica Night” which is intended to give Dominicans the opportunity to pay homage to their country, organizers say. That night will also showcase rising musical artistes from DOMFESTA,  Cadence Lypso competition winners, Colton T, Asher Thomas, Shameka Sorhaindo, and Chad Astaphan backed up by BREVE.

A mini opening ceremony celebration to kick off the weekend is also carded for Friday night.

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  1. ooppss
    September 17, 2012

    this year world creole music festival is crap. no offense .

  2. Sxm Hartatak BandFan
    September 10, 2012

    Mannn I would of love to see the original members from Hartatak 90’s such as Fredo Trevor Sate Dalton Vernon Cougar Bert on Stage they would of MASH DOWN the creole festival boi Look Pon Rhythm !!!!! Hartatak Band Fan to the BONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. D
    September 8, 2012

    So where my cassav?

  4. wck WCK wck WCK CK
    September 7, 2012

    thanks jah for wck
    i there

    i so luv dat big band
    they rock me in my country

  5. room for improvement
    September 7, 2012

    its very sad that after sixteen years of WCMF, when the festival should be at its HIGHEST STANDARD its now taking a turn for the worst.A dominican star such as nasio should never be left out.Psquare and Macheal Montano should be the top acts for the festival..so many hott soca artists in the caribbean and none of them are ON.At the end of the day these folks would attract many persons of different age range.If the ticket gonna remain so high they might as well raise the standard of the show…very weak line up,after sixteen years!

  6. Anonymous
    September 7, 2012

    qui diabe ‘asa banton” his version of bouyon music can NOT match up to that of WCK…if thats what we call music and lyrics, one ought to give his songs another listening ear..to me, our bouyon music is going down down down if thats what we r entertaining… they should at least put someone else on the line up besides him..there r so many other popular bands and individual that the people want to see..

    • Dominican Princess
      October 10, 2012

      Asa Banton is not trying to match up to any other band HE is a young man from where you maybe hate so badly GRAND BAY moving to his style of music which is not repetition like the triple k can perform HE entertains a crowd… GIVE THE YOUNG MAN A CHANCE he has been to places all over the world,, isnt that enough proof he is one of the great? RELAX..DO NOT BE A HATER..

  7. me2
    September 7, 2012


  8. Know Music
    September 7, 2012


    September 6, 2012

    I’m a bit bit disappointed. But some people may be satisfied.

  10. yardie
    September 6, 2012

    it was always my dream to see onyan & burning flames on the big stage so this year if god willing Saturday night [WCMF] here i come

  11. yardie
    September 6, 2012

    the organizers need to give triple kay & wck a rest i mean i used to love wck but lately they are a big disappointment trying to follow the foot steep of triple kay

  12. True Dominica
    September 6, 2012

    Piper is all about PIPER, MONEY, and MORE PIPER, for three yrs. now every year his brother comes down to Da as bands manager and plenty more to that, he needs to be investigates

  13. BZ,
    September 6, 2012

    Some people talking but when the last week reach we will see who first will be there.Cnt pay there bills but that day they will find cash or gold.

  14. Kajchri
    September 6, 2012

    A p square wud draw a nice crowd! (my opinion)! The line-up could have been much better. but good job anyway

  15. Anonymous
    September 6, 2012

    Line up could have been much better! A p square wud draw a nice crowd (my opinion)

  16. yes i
    September 6, 2012

    the word is not ionly it should read i only

  17. yes i
    September 6, 2012

    the first ten years of the fes were the best .Ionly missed one night of the ten years but since then the standard has droped alot .

  18. Wondering
    September 6, 2012

    Sad we never hear about Nasio Fontaine and Nelly Stharre. Local artists with ‘world creole’ music and standard. We forget them nuh?

  19. Devoted dominican
    September 6, 2012

    My fellow Dominicans, there are many differet forms of the creole language.

    “A creole language, or simply a creole, is a stable natural language developed from the mixing of parent languages; creoles differ from pidgins (which are believed by scholars to be necessary precedents of creoles) in that they have been nativized by children as their primary language, with the result that they have features of natural languages that are normally missing from pidgins.
    Road sign in Guadeloupe Creole meaning Slow down. Children are playing here. The literal translation is “Lift your foot. There are small people playing here”.

    The vocabulary of a creole language consists of cognates from the parent languages, though there are often clear phonetic and semantic shifts. On the other hand, the grammar often has original features but may differ substantially from those of the parent languages. Most often, the vocabulary comes from the dominant group and the grammar from the subordinate group, where such stratification exists”.

    please visit this site which will educate on the many different form of the creole language.


    • Sar Casm
      September 10, 2012

      When the WCMF originated in 1997, to the organizers, the word “creole” (Kréyol) was used to identify it as one of the only truly indigenous music events in Dominica.

      indigenous: originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country (in this case, French creole).

      Words and meanings sometimes play different roles over time. Like the word “gay” used to mean happy or jubilant, as in the well known heterosexual Dominican band “Gay Lords”.

      In the interest of increasing profits, organizers today tend to rationalize their motive by invoking the literal meaning of “creole.”

      rationalize: to ascribe (one’s acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.

      To my knowledge, we have only seen French, Spanish and English creole acts at the WCMF. This sets the precedent for Arabic, Dutch, German, Malay, Ngbandi, and Portuguese-based creole acts in the future.

      Then it will truly be a World Creole Music Festival.

  20. W
    September 6, 2012

    I cannot believe they didn’t have Machel Montano on that. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

    • hmm
      September 6, 2012

      let’s hope LIME has him for Creole in the park….keeping my fingers crossed

  21. marcel
    September 6, 2012

    why do we always seems to just include what ever we want in our festival.take a look at at Jamaica .them people never invite calypso..zouk or even the same creole music we are trying to compare with reggae and so on how come they don’t invite swinging stars,wck. or even our princess of of music Michell Henderson to there reggae festive.please the biggest and best was in the early days of the festive.just see when our music icon dies then they give tribute.please give Nasio Fountain his flower NOW,those who in charge need awake up call.BAD JOB.I don’t want to know what is the 17 years going to be.Micheal Jordan,tom and Jerry ,or maybe Jessica Simpson.lol

  22. da
    September 6, 2012


  23. sweet
    September 6, 2012

    the line up is badly organised i must say. i wanted p square wii. i suppose is next year for that, but i think i will be taking a trip for that festival season il only go creole in the park, thats where i take my foot.

  24. Doctori
    September 6, 2012

    I don’t like the nights’ line up. Damien Marley sure!!!! Taurus nice!!!

  25. john
    September 6, 2012

    I wanted usher in the line up and beyonce to and 50 cents, and shakirra too :lol:

  26. dat u hear wii
    September 6, 2012

    I doe like the line up na

  27. Ericx
    September 6, 2012

    Wwhatt, no Soukous??
    Next year bring back Sakis, Diblo Dibala, Soukous Kings, or any Soukous, it’s better than no Soukous in the WCMF. Thank you organizers.

  28. SKB, Sugar City.
    September 6, 2012

    To the moderator or administrator of this blog, kindly, can you please find out from the Dominica Festival Commission,what is the meaning or definition of the term “World Creole Festival”.

    Your answer if you receive one, would be greatly appreciated.
    If you are skeptical about my request,I would like to inform you that my friends and myself have attended seven (7) Creole Festivals.We come first of all because music is universal, secondly it is known Dominicans give a mean “Fete”,thirdly it’s about Caribbean togetherness, mainly O.E.C.S Unity, fourthly Dominicans are
    some of the nicest people you will ever meet
    (that is a fact )every nationality has it’s
    weaknesses. Fifthly,we have stayed at the same establishment, they are like family to us now.

    There is another reason why more folks will
    show up for the last night, “Jr Gong “.
    Kymani Marley was in Antigua about two (2) months ago, flew up from SKB because I like Kymani, his style and songs , the show was great but at the end folks were saying, Jr Gong
    would have gotten a bigger crowd ,so it was revealed that Jr Gong would be in the Nature Isle for The World Creole Festival and the brother will have company. So Dominica when Morgan Heritage graced your stage, you had
    Reggae, give. Jr Gong and his entourage some time.

    I love Nasio music myself, had a conversation
    with him and for whatever reasons ,he is not headlined in Dominica but outside of his home country he is a star. Continue to support him by buying the music, but don’t dis the festival, it’s
    very disheartening hence I asked the question?
    Define “World Creole Music Festival ” creole means many things to differebt people,it was not called Cadence,Bouyon,Zouk or Zydeco music festival, the dorminant words are World
    Creole and Music.

    A suggestion would be to have one night exclusively for Cadence, Bouyon Company and

    My friends and I look forward to being in the

    Nature Isle for Seven (7) days, hoping to tackle
    some part of The Waitukubuli National Trail and
    Fun times at the park.

    Thanks for the space I was given on your site and hope my posting don’t infuriate anyone. One love and remember the Caribbean is a melting pot .

  29. enuff
    September 6, 2012

    Wait nuh! How Chad Asssssssssssstaphan reach on that???

    • hmmmwatisdat
      September 6, 2012

      hahah alas the boy not a headline artist on the lineup he maybe singing 2 songs lol

    • rudegyal101
      September 6, 2012

      aa i cya understand mr! why the boy cannot be on the line up nuh, he good, he entertaining he better that half of what ont he line up anyway lol just saying (poor line up)

  30. Dattt
    September 6, 2012

    P square should be on that line up

    • Kicks
      September 6, 2012

      I checking! *singing in Nigerian accent* put your hand in de air…ohohooo

  31. unknown
    September 6, 2012

    So when will the ticket prices be out ….hope you’ll dont use jeff jo name to make extra cash

  32. hmmmm
    September 5, 2012

    Breve???? hmmm good luck with them, hope the show up, they can probably play but are unprofessional.

  33. I Die Nah
    September 5, 2012

    the main problem is that zouk/compas/soukous music is not popular as before when the festival started… so they must include reggae/dancehall or soca acts to pull the crowd because those are the genres that are hot now…the compa acts need more promo, they might be good, but cant pull a large crowd which may be worth what they are charging but personally i like the line up… they should have tried to include P-Square because they are a mix of zouk/r&b… and both young and old like them… Damien marley is good, but not so hot…a dancehall artist would have been a better choice…but he will still bring a good crowd and good performace… so big up… please support the festival.. the line up is good

  34. honeybee
    September 5, 2012

    m all for the french creole, will be going only on Friday night. I just wish instead of wck, midnight groovers would play.

  35. Cosco
    September 5, 2012

    lineup look good to me. i will come down

  36. Cosco
    September 5, 2012

    Where the company that marketin Discover Dominica from ? Minnesota.

    whats special abt minnesota i wunder ?

  37. September 5, 2012

    The line up is good but dam the flight ticket expensive….ny to d/ca

  38. "O" STRESS!
    September 5, 2012

    Good or bad line up I am booked just being back home is the best line up I wish for. My own line up will be Coconut water, sea water, some fish broth, Rosalie Resort and a deep in the holy river water, check out those lovely ladies we have in D/ca, clean fun without violence and Malkasa. Thats the best line up money cannot buy. Cant wait!!!!!! DA are you there????!

  39. BOOOO
    September 5, 2012

    not interested :-|

  40. sexylady
    September 5, 2012


  41. sexylady
    September 5, 2012

    where is psquare and oyinye!!! #chomymoney

  42. humble
    September 5, 2012

    yep i agree with u totally that was the best and i dont think they will reach that standard again they really need to examine the bands or they will really kill the festival

  43. Hey
    September 5, 2012

    To me, the line-ups for all 3 nights sounding empty. Where’s Carimi, Swingin Stars? Where Dice reach in that? SMH, allu disappointing this year.

  44. Teddddddyyyy
    September 5, 2012

    Ok seriously you guys are poor in planning, this line up is poor and weak in my opinion. All these bands have performed at the festival with the exception of the Jamaican artist and Asa Banton.
    This would be my Line up
    Friday Night
    Asa Banton
    Kaysha (Zouk Artist)
    Misty Jean (Kompa Artist)
    Tarrus Riley

    I would keep the legends of Soca with the old skool guys of Flames, ck, 17 plus
    Zouk All Stars
    Triple Kay
    Bracket (From Africa – Singing Yori Yori)
    Mr. Vegas

    Sunday Night
    Gramacks, ophelia Michele, midnight groovers (all together)
    Damian Marley
    T-Mickey (kompa -son of sweet mickey)
    Small Axe band – Soca from St.Kitts
    Dan Junior – Zouk Kompa

  45. Hard working man
    September 5, 2012

    Where is P-Squared? I mean come-on man? Give de people a little real vibes especially the line-up for Sunday! Is that your way of saying work on Monday so we can skip Sunday even if Jnr Gong on Sunday or we pay for Jnr Gong on Sunday and “take what u get” in the rest of the line-up? Certainly not impressed.

    I have never commented on a WCMF line-up but this one definitely is out of whack!!! Come-on man, my money I paying!!!

  46. wcmf comittee
    September 5, 2012

    dat line up is nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. mercedez
    September 5, 2012

    aa night three is old. jnr gong alone i will go for..ophelia of all person. krazyt can bring down konshens on that night or even psquare and they would see

  48. September 5, 2012

    To the ppl who commented about the name change I agree with u guys,and it is so true that the 1st and2nd was the best . The price of the tickets has gone up and it gets worst every. Year. The line up is good for a festival but not a CREOLE FESTIVAL!

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2012

      They tired explain to u all the trem “Creole Festival” and very year u all kep asking the same question. Creole is not “patois” alone!!!!!!!!!!

  49. MET YO
    September 5, 2012

    My only issue is WCK should be Saturday and KKK should be Friday.

  50. Creole Festival Fan
    September 5, 2012

    Pure Coshoni. Bring the zouk and sous cous music.
    All you eh getting my money this year. Which damn Damian Marley. Where is Our very own -Nasio?

    • shing
      September 5, 2012

      i agree with this one where is he

    • d/ca
      September 5, 2012

      nuff respecttttt, and dey cutttt so much style on them man eh he not even bothered wi dem. pure nonsense, did not see thunder that start to roll wen nasio come down? boy waters, that u call showers of blessing, respect the brother nasio

  51. wongping
    September 5, 2012


  52. hmmm
    September 5, 2012

    got goosebumps just read the line up for friday!!!the tribute to Jeff Joe should be really nice.. they all should sing his songs… even Jr Gong :-D

  53. Rocks
    September 5, 2012

    Creole Festival is next month and now all you putting the line up out….Bad planning is at the root of everything we do in Dominica….

  54. Igloo
    September 5, 2012

    *shrugs* Good line-up, bad line-up, in between, I won’t be going because my pocket cannot afford those hot prices there…So is LIME and CITP for me.

  55. trute
    September 5, 2012

    Great lineup. Why are so many dissing the lineup?

  56. zouk fanatic
    September 5, 2012

    Where is Tambo Combo ,Machel Montana, Naiso Fontaine that what I think that missing…good line up..Zouk Machine and Tvice thanks for dat

  57. domnichen
    September 5, 2012

    What about Swingin stars- will they be playing ????

    • MET YO
      September 6, 2012

      apparently not

  58. kitten
    September 5, 2012

    They need to do better than that…chupessss :(

  59. my 2 cents.
    September 5, 2012

    Eddie Toulon gone but surely not forgotten. atleast when he was here emphasis was placed on the “creole” in world creole music festival,now it seems its placed on “world music festival”and the creole part is forgotten.mr present chairman dont you like creole music?cause in my opinion you keep pushing the creole music further and further away from the festival.

    • Dizzy
      September 5, 2012

      Just so you know, “creole” does not only refer to patois. Almost every country has their creole ranging from Haitian to Jamaican and even Louisiana has their french based creole. If you all only want to hear patois then the show should be called World Patois Music Festival.

      • irad
        September 13, 2012

        its not the language its the style or redym thats creole

      • irad
        September 13, 2012

        what we want is the creole vibes in what ever language

  60. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012

    if i misss that jean bois crew will die because de black box is not in the country

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2012

      who dis talkin about jean bois crew dere… nobody gone miss u boi.. j/k. lol :lol:

  61. NANA
    September 5, 2012

    i love friday night, david plays zouk machine all the time at home in Orlando, he and i love zouk machine, ZOUK MACHINE, OH HOW I WICH I WAS going to be there, i will fly like a witch and come, i love the line up , it is gooood, hello?

  62. Anonymous
    September 5, 2012

    they lucky they include ck cuz i would not have gone

    • Ghost
      September 5, 2012

      NOT HAVE GONE? You actually went to the 2012 festival already? Waw that’s amazing.

  63. I doe Care!
    September 5, 2012

    I doe care how I getting there.. But alas!!! Onyan! Edwin YEarwood! Sye! Dice! Taurus Riley! Asa Banton, T Vice! Damien Marley!!!
    Gasah!!! Riddim for your money dat! Waiting for the ticket Price!
    Once God give me life I DERE!!!!

  64. me again
    September 5, 2012

    nice line up…… WCK,Wilfredo Michaels from 17+,Zouk Machine,T St val,T Vice,Taurus,Jr Gong……wooosh ooh la la !!!! dat DEFINITELY calls for a season ticket

  65. September 5, 2012


    September 5, 2012

    Stuppes!!! That’s the best they can do after 16 years!!!

    • Proud D/can
      September 5, 2012

      well just doe go na . . .stupes. U giving them $ to get any better? :-x The line up is good for the limited funds available.

  67. Blue Ray
    September 5, 2012

    Good secound line up

  68. yea
    September 5, 2012

    this sounds so boring….. think imma just go creole in the park only

  69. hmm
    September 5, 2012

    Saturday night sure looks good to me.

  70. sandy
    September 5, 2012

    great line up…I in that

  71. Fed Up
    September 5, 2012

    Why don’t we just call this the World Music Festival and take the word creole out of it – since the organizers are bent on taking creole music out of it altogether. What a shame. When this festival just began – it was the “go to” for French islands/countries. Now, not so much. :(

    • True
      September 5, 2012

      You’re 100% correct.

      • fed up
        September 5, 2012

        there are different types of creole people…do some research before making such comments

    • anonymous
      September 5, 2012

      Google the meaning of “creole” and educate yourself before you speak….

  72. Evolved
    September 5, 2012

    hmmmmmm….. so Colin Piper is the Chairman of the DFC and also Exec. Director of DDA.

    Why is it that his brother based in Florida is manager for three bands being brought to Dominica for the Festival?

    Should that not be considered a conflict of interest or are we just immuned to corruption these days.

    • Sahfete
      September 5, 2012

      When the same set of people and them families popping up everywhere it starts getting reaaaaaal difficult.

    • Belle bef
      September 6, 2012

      Nepotism . When the pied piper plays the Rats a come running,

  73. no mercy
    September 5, 2012

    Really? Is that really creole music festival? Don’t think so.thing they should name it soca bouyon reggae festival.I think the creole fest is fading away.the 1st and 2nd yr of the festival was a festival to be remembered.that’s what u called creole festival.u had 90% zouk bands.

    • Yep
      September 5, 2012

      I agree with you. I attended the first and second year and they were all Zouk. I remember Zakis played one year till daybreak.

  74. anonymous
    September 5, 2012

    ticket price, start time?

  75. gorgeous
    September 5, 2012

    Tht line up is pure crap. Rubbish

  76. young blood
    September 5, 2012

    good lineup for friday night.

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