Former lead singer of British reggae band UB40, Ali Campbell and Jamaican reggae stars Jah Cure and Luciano are the major acts on the lineup of the 14th annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).
Alistair Campbell- a song writer and now a solo artist- was the founding member and lead singer of UB40. He sang on hits like “Red, Red Wine.”
Campbell quit the band after being a member for some 30 years because he was unhappy of many business decisions and some members of the band.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, became popularly known in 1997. He was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for gun possession, robbery and rape, following his arrest in November 1998. He released three albums while in jail.
This is not the first time Jah Cure will perform here. His first local performance was at the Krazy Kokunuts a year ago. Some wellknown tracks of his are “You’ll Never Find”, “Longing For” and “Call On Me”.
Jepther McClymont AKA Luciano is a roots reggae artiste. His music is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and late reggae singer Dennis Brown. He was formerly known as Jah Messenjah.
The WCMF lineup was announced at a media launch on Thursday night at Fort Young Hotel. Also included on the lineup are WCK, Exile One, Midnight Groovers, Tripple Kay and T-Vice, among others.
WCMF organizers have promised that the event will feature more Creole acts this year.
According to Tourism Minister Ian Douglas, there’s a realization that the music industry has reached a critical state and some have said in many instances that it has become stagnant.
“We see the decline in the quality of music being offered by any of our top groups and the young up and coming bands. We see a challenge in taking our products in the market that has become competitive and certainly impacted by the new technologies which makes it difficult for those who labor in the industry to make a descent standard of living,” he added.
Meantime Chief Executive Officer of Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper says Dominica will not succumb and cancel its major events because of the global financial crisis.
Chairman of Discover Dominica Authority Benoit Bardouille also believes that the country should be proud, since in spite of an uncertain and difficult recovery, it is able to host the festival.
The WCMF will be held on October 29, 30 and 31. The headline sponsor is Digicel.