WCMF 2010 opens spot-on (photo gallery and report)

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.

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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.

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15 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2010

    good job y’all

  2. missout
    November 2, 2010

    missed it

  3. McCarthy marie
    November 1, 2010

    @Anonymous:

    interesting why we have never had a group from the Seychelles at the WORLD CREOLE MUSIC FESTIVAL where they speak exactly the same Kweyol and we do and have a similar history of French and English colonization

  4. Musician
    November 1, 2010

    A further disrespect to our local artistes known as the cadance legends….. guys like Harley, gill Fountain, Derick Peter, Pato are hardly mentioned or even have thier photos shown

  5. DR.KINGLASH
    November 1, 2010

    SATURDAY NIGHT WAS HISTORY TENTS WHERE EVERY WHERE ROOF WENT SOOOO MUCH TOO SAY, 2010 FES WAS THE GREATEST FES EVER.

  6. JUST SAYING
    November 1, 2010

    I THINK THE ANTHEM WAS SUNG VERY WELL, UNLIKE THE VERSION I HEARD FROM THE NIGHT LANDING..IT WAS VERY WELL DONE, WITH NO EXTRA MUSICAL TONE AND STRINGS ATTATCHED..
    BUT EVERY ONE IS ENTITLED TO HAVE AN OPINION..

  7. john bess
    November 1, 2010

    Once again the closing act was so disappointing,kreyol la seemed to be lacking the usual showmanship.The organisers lacked the foresight to allow the highly and top act of the midnight groovers to close off the first night.Finally ,next time save the best for last,not some haitian band that sound good only on cd.

  8. tim
    November 1, 2010

    great job dfc this year.please bring back ……..kreyola,t.vice,chubby,exile one,

  9. En Ba La
    October 31, 2010

    Way to go CHUBBY yeaaaaa!!! This was a good performance from Chubby and the Midnight Groovers. From start to finish. Yes I Chubby. proud of you all as always. This is Groovers when I would “go by lalay to watch Groovers play” lol

    The sound quality wow!! Dominica I can tell you this was good. I was surprised when I heard Les Aiglons – the clairty of the music. sweet. I thought for once I was listening to a cd on – only when the commentators came on – I said WOW.

    These guys; Jackson, Ghost and sorry cannot remember your name – the other names are more familiar. You all did a good job at broadcasting

  10. Mac
    October 31, 2010

    @GARFORD GEORGE: if you take the time to scroll through the slide show you will find at least 30 or 40 pictures of the Groovers…

  11. stoney
    October 31, 2010

    Hats off Groover stold the event on Friday in my view…they were extremly showbiz stylee…

    Hats off to you guys….

  12. GARFORD GEORGE
    October 31, 2010

    Big up papa chubby & The Midnight Groovers. for making us Grandbayrian Proud.
    The guys can still play the music hard.I wonder why there is no picture of Groovers Band in action.

  13. Anonymous
    October 30, 2010

    Seychelles Creole Festival greets arriving tourists with music

    Oct 29, 2010
    Passengers arriving at Seychelles International Airport were treated to a special welcoming ceremony on the occasion of the country’s Annual Creole Festival held in October. A live traditional Creole band was entertaining arriving visitors, ensuring that they understood that the Creole Islands of the Seychelles were celebrating their Creole Week. Seychelles is known as being the “Creole Capital of the World,” and this special airport welcome was hosted by the Seychelles Tourism Board.
    This year, this special event had been organized as part of Seychelles’ 25th anniversary of the Seychelles Creole Festival, which marked at the same time the International Creole Day that is celebrated annually on October 28.
    Arriving passengers were greeted at the arrival lounge by representatives of the Tourism Board, as well as by representatives of “Bonjour Seychelles,” a local perfume brand who were also offering samples of their locally made perfume. To ensure that the arrival lounge was filled with a Creole ambience, musician John Vital and his group entertained passengers with some of the best music of the islands.
    Alain St.Ange, the CEO of Seychelles Tourism and eTurboNews ambassador, said that the Creole Festival is one of the country’s main annual events and that this was set to remain so, because Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is also the “Capital of the Creole World.”
    “More will be done to now ensure that the world knows that every year during the month of October, the Creole Islands of the Seychelles brings to life the Creole Culture,” Alain St.Ange said.

  14. old P
    October 30, 2010

    Now, That’s BIG, Big tunes, big show….World Class! das all I can say.

  15. Anonymous
    October 30, 2010

    who was the lady singing the national anthem?
    shame on her …………..that is not how the anthem
    should be sung!!!!!
    come on we can do better than that

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