With six weeks to go before the staging of the 14th annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) organisers are in a state of concern as a major act has not yet been secured for the final night of the event.
The Dominica Festival’s Committee (DFC) – the organisers – have been feverishly working to replace former lead singer of UB40, Ali Campbell, who was scheduled to perform on that night but was forced to withdraw due to illness.
Speaking at a DFC press conferences this morning, DFC Events Director Nathalie Clark said that while there has been dialogue with a few international acts, a final confirmation has not been reached.
This, she said, is a concern.
“Well the DFC is very concerned but at this time we also have to understand the constraints that other artists are under. They are already signed to different events so we’re pulling people from different places. So we know what we want, is just a matter of getting them to sign the contract,” she stated.
“We’re pursuing a group of artists but we can’t tell you exactly who they are as yet until we have signed a contract with these people. And yes we are very concerned. We would be silly if we weren’t concerned at this time,” she stated.
Though confident that an artist will be secured, Clark assured that there is a “Plan B” which will be revealed to the public if the need arises.
“There is a plan B but again we cannot let the public or the media know this until we ourselves are in that plan B. We’re still in plan A right now which is too get the group of artists that we specifically are talking and talking and liaising with at this time,” Clark stated.
She said that DFC is considering the options of a meringue artist, reggae or compas artiste in efforts to preserve a certain ‘feel’ associated with Sunday night’s show.
Clark said that the DFC has received a refund from Campbell and are working on gaining back credits from the airlines in respect to his airfare.
The WCMF will run from October 29-31 at the Windsor Park Stadium.