Many of the guys who created the last musical genre of the 20th century, the Bouyon music from Dominica are back together as the Original Bouyon Pioneers. The Original Bouyon Pioneers will give us one more sway when they perform on night one of the World Creole Music Festival on Friday 28th October at Festival City, Windsor Park Stadium Sports, Roseau, Dominica.
The Original Bouyon Pioneers, many of whom are the originators of the great bouyon rhythm (riddim) are back together after many years apart and will be among the highlights of what is expected to be one of the major nights of the 19th edition of the WCMF. The Pioneers who collectively helped give the world hit after hit from 1988 until the early 2000’s have in recent times been in great demand around the region for the Ole Skool music and the authentic bouyon riddim.
The band which includes brothers Cornel and Smokey Phillip, the former who has become known worldwide as the musical mastermind behind the bouyon sound, Derrick “Rah” Peters, whose voice carries many of the big bouyon hits of the earlier period and Ashton “Wakas” Lugay, the guitarist who helped to create this unique sound, will join together to bring us the nostalgia and the songs which the generations of the last 30 years have come to love and enjoy.
The Original Bouyon Pioneers is about bringing back a sense of nostalgia and indulging in a feast of earlier bouyon songs which makes us sing and dance and to be happy that we experienced the music of the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Well known tracks include – Original Hold Them, Balance Batty, Follow the Leader, Conch Shell, Tou Chou Tou Flam, Pride and Joy, Marathon, Bouyon Connection, Set My People Free and more recently they created “Characters” and Jamin’ with Kurt Allen of Trinidad & Tobago.
On night one of the Festival, fans should come ready for a night of fun and excitement. Come prepared to sing, do the bouyon train and watch Rah and the boys take you back to a time in the village when they were cooking up the bouyon.
The 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28-30, 2016 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, the Dominican capital.
A line-up of top regional and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-beat, Haitian Kompa to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons. The main headliners of this year’s festival include Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia, Dominica’s song-bird Michele Henderson, Kreyol La, Dédé St. Prix, Haitian international super-star Wyclef Jean, T-Micky, African pop sensation Akon, Timaya, reggae star Popcaan, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Soca group Kes The Band, along with Dominican bands WCK, Triple Kay Global, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Extasy, Breve, Midnight Groovers and Bouyon Ambassador Asa Banton.