The Original Bouyon Pioneers to perform at WCMF 2016

Members of The Original Bouyon Pioneers
Members of The Original Bouyon Pioneers

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.

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  1. DJ Gemini
    November 1, 2018

    The Original Bouyon Pioneers is a Brand new Band out of The Commonwealth of Dominica…. The Entire Caribbean was Crying and sad because of the five cartigory five Hurricanes that devastated the region in 2016 and yet still in 2018, houses are till without roofs only tappoline covering Blogodow donations from the worlds people sent to assist in relief to people affected by the hurricane dissasters is helping, Yet some people are still suffering from the after affects of these Natural dissasterous storms. Apres Bon Dieur C’est La terre. Now The Veterans are back to save the day with a new band. The Original Bouyon Pioneers. God Bless them. They are here to Cheer Up the People of the Caribbean… The African Caribbean and all affected by the Storms. “I want to see you on the dance floor”…dancing once again… the music is for the people….Psalms 87 in the bible. Dominica we Love You..Caribbean we Love you…African sufferers in the Diaspora… Read You Bible and do Good.

  2. dominica pie
    September 27, 2016

    Where is keith his bass style is signature to original wck riddim.

  3. 305goon
    September 26, 2016

    Now that’s the true wck band. Not the other noisy mess ck.

  4. indeed
    September 26, 2016

    This whole Pioneers of Bouyon is a confusion…….Is WCK Wackers, Cornell and Keith? Is WCK the band, the band who created bouyon music? Did Cornell leave WCK? saying in an interview that he wanted to do other things and other genres of music apart from bouyon…..he started Fanatic, was working on his studio, then started C Square………now back up a bit…..WCK has continued always, even though some original members left to do other things…..fair enough. So question……why now start another band calling yourself the Pioneers of Bouyon when WCK whose role that was is still alive. Why didnt you go back to your WCK band? Too many egos, greed and foolishness. On principle I can NEVER support this Pioneers of Bouyon. They are getting gigs and the people expecting to see WCK, pioneers turn up I saw them in St Kitts and the MC was referring to them as WCK. The whole thing is sick. It is always important to put things into proper perspective.

  5. forreal
    September 26, 2016

    put back ra on drums and vocals….the man has that talent….I definitely has had that experience first hand,,,,would love to see that again

  6. Deba
    September 26, 2016

    Keith and Cornell young men at SMA started that- they were ahead of their times – give the man his props. I was a student at the time and saw the evolution. Cornel and Keith were best of friends at SMA – young innocent teenagers. Jah bless

    • forreal
      September 26, 2016

      actually….bouyon music is jing ping and quadril mix,,,all they did was put it on instruments,,so it’s really our cultural inheritance

    • Really
      September 26, 2016

      Keith went to the Dominica Community High School

  7. Really
    September 25, 2016

    So who was the baseMan of original WCK? I know there was a baseman. what happen to him? I know he is still alive

    September 24, 2016

    Original hold Dem!!!

  9. September 24, 2016

    Well come back guys, well deserved, and greatly anticipated,Real and Authentic, Class at the HeighestLevel come and deliver to seperate the “Real” From The noise. Glad i will be a witness to that and more. is our Thing. With Val Cuffy one can scense the real perspectives on what needs to be done. Keep up the Good job. We all in that together.

  10. Sweett
    September 24, 2016

    Real bouyon music I enjoyed dem times beessstttt ever remember met beta lol

  11. Really
    September 23, 2016

    First, what is bouyon? Can you really define bouyon music? what is it really? Second is it really world wide? This press release is simply an over kill.

    • Anom
      September 27, 2016

      Just came up for air from under a rock??

  12. Dominican away
    September 23, 2016

    I thought Keith was part of the original.

    • Papa Dom
      September 26, 2016

      Yes he was the K in WCK

  13. September 23, 2016

    They rocked the entire Caribbean with boujou in the nineties the other group should rename the band instead of wck,i remember when the original wck came to St.Thomas they rocked the hall with a massive crowd.They had alot of fans.

  14. FED UP
    September 23, 2016

    The best ever! Such good memories – thank you guys!

  15. The Sign Man
    September 23, 2016


  16. Betty Boop
    September 23, 2016

    wow!!! according to B.A-B.A…. :lol: :lol:

  17. P.O.B Pioneers Of Bouyon
    September 23, 2016

    P.O.B will separate the men from the boyz with the twin bouyon empires – top chefs RAH et CORNEL.
    You remember d time when they made dust come out of larbu in Lime creole in the park ? Thanks to JEFFREY BAPTISTE ; the man that could make this happen.

    Take a bow guyes….Dominica needed that.

  18. patty
    September 23, 2016

    that was the best aspect of bouyou music…i know the guys won’t say it..but deep down they are disgusted with the type of music called bouyou today…

    the bands after WCK, have totally lost the basics of Bouyou….

    when one listens to the Originators u can hear a complete package, the tracks are well written and have true musical arrangement in terms of parts and it’s fully clean not distorted as the thing the other bands call bouyou today…..

    • Tjebe fort
      September 26, 2016

      I will say it for you sister, today’s boujon is unadulterated crap and I include KKK in that.

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