The Dominica Festival Committee (DFC) promised it and the artistes they contracted delivered it spot-on to mark the opening of the 14th World Creole Music Festival last night in the Windsor Park Stadium.
If one were to take headline performer Luciano’s ‘Messenjah’ title in its literal context they would easily regard his performance as a clear indication of what lies ahead.
Luciano’s music has been renowned for its opinions of spiritual escape, Rastafarian culture and African repatriation. And with that combination one could easily predict a mature audience dominated by Rastafarians and cultural fanatics.
But with world famous tracks like ‘Messenger’, ironically enough, and a fully receptive crowd, most of who were not Rastafarian and predominantly youth, the Jamaican artiste had the Windsor Park Stadium shifting gears in sync with the shifting of his tracks.
“This is my first but definitely not my last time at the World Creole Music Festival and Dominica,” Luciano said to media operatives following his energy filled performance.
Opening the night was Victor O, who, despite the meager crowd, displayed a tremendous level of oomph. He was followed by Les Aiglons out of Guadeloupe, which held the crowd for over two hours with their captivating cadance and zouk tracks.
Midnight Groovers, regarded as one of the kings of cadance music, showed that after some 40 years they can still bring it and bring it hard.
The band, which is considered one of the best in the Caribbean, was not included in last year’s festival – an omission that was criticized heavily.
Lead by ‘Papa Chubby’, this year the group showed exactly why they were demanded, literally leaving the crowd begging for more.
Kreyola closed the night, or rather opened the morning, with a receded crowd of die-hards determined to stick around until the mics were off. They delivered a mixture of originality and popular tracks sung by other artists, much to the liking of the crowd who lavishly embraced the abundance of space that was opened up by the early leavers.
The action continues tonight with headline performer Jah Cure and it is predicted to attract a crowd that will far surpass that of last night.
Others scheduled to perform tonight include Krosfyah, an energetic soca band from Barbados; Les Etoiles du Cadance; Mas Compa and the homegrown WCK.