Just one day before the annual World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) is set to kick off, the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) has announced that one of the major acts will not be hitting the stage.
Chairman of DFC, Colin Piper said at a press conference on Thursday that Mavoda is out due to “unforeseen travel issue.”
He will be replaced by Jamaican artiste, Cecile.
“Their management was only made aware of this recently and since then they have been trying their utmost best to make it possible, but unfortunately without success,” Piper said. “And so upon hearing that news in light of that information DFC has worked to find an artiste from the same genre that we feel will add diversity to the festival while ensuring a great performance from the reggae genre. That artiste is none other than Cecile.”
Additionally, he said, all logistics have been put in place and Cecile will be performing on Sunday night at the WCMF.
“This obviously was something that was unforeseen, but it is something that we try to have a contingency plan for and so we were able to work with some of the agents that we had in place to get some ideas,” he stated.
In terms of funds already paid to the Mavado, Piper said, “We have recouped funds and that happened quickly and speedily, so the deposits that were paid was in fact reimburse, so that’s not an issue.”
He stated that all acts for the festival “remain as it is.”
Meanwhile Piper said, the First Serenade Band will be added to the Sunday night lineup at the festival.
This, he said, “will serve to supplement the Cadence and the Bouyon genre for Sunday night.”
Cecile will be performing in the United States on Friday, however she will arrive in Dominica on a WINAIR flight at 5:00 pm on Sunday to perform later that night.
Her back up musicians will be in Dominica on Saturday, according to Piper.
Recently, Nigerian group Flavour was axed from the festival due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease scare.
“I think we acted on the best information that we had at this time and reacted in the best interest of the country,” Piper said.
The WCMF kicks off on Friday, October 24.