WCMF 2015 line-up announced


Joycelyne Beroard and Phillipe Marthelely of Kassav fame will perform at the event
Joycelyne Beroard and Phillipe Marthelely of Kassav fame will perform at the event. They are pictured performing at the 2013 WCMF

The official lineup for the 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival was announced on Thursday at the Fort Young Hotel.

The line up consists of a mix of Zouk, Compa, Soca, Bouyon, Afro Beat, Calypso and Reggae.

There will be performances by Zouk heavyweights such as George Decimus, Jocelyn Beroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean Phillippe Martheley, Pascal Vallot, Frederic Caracas, Zouk Machine, and Luc Le’andry.

Jamaican Dancehall stars Lady Saw and Popcaan will make appearances, as well as rising Reggae artiste Chronixx.

There will also be performances by Trini Soca stars Blaxx and Olatunji & Benjai and Bajan Soca artiste, Fada Fox.

Also on the line-up are artistes from Dominica including Ophelia, Devine, Asa Banton, The Original Bouyon Pioneers, among others.

The dates for the WCMF are 30 and 31 October and November 1 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

The complete line up is below:

-Night one (Friday 30th October)
Devine from Dominica, Kreyol La, Timaya from Nigeria, Chronixx and Tripple Kay Global

Night Two (Saturday 31 October)
De’de’ St Prix of Martinique, Ophelia from Dominica, Grand Merchant Zouk featuring George Decimus and Catherine Thelemon, Joycelyne Beroard, Jacob Desvarieux and Jean Phillipe Marthelely, Esy Kenenga, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Pascal Vallot, Federick Caracas, Zouk Machine, Luc Leandry, and Lady Saw.

In the Calypso segment, the legendary Swing Stars and Calypsonians and Bouyon Lyricist Asa Bantan will close day two.

-Night Three (Sunday 1st November)

Extacy Band from Dominica, T-Mickey (who is the son of Sweet Mikey from Haiti), Original Bouyon Pioneers from Dominica, Popcaan from Jamaica, Soca All Star to be backed up by Roy Cape stars featuring: Blaxx, Olantunji “the 2015 Groovy Soca King of the World”, Benjai and Father Fox from Barbados.

CEO of Discover Dominica Authority and Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, has described the line-up as “exciting.”

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  1. amanda
    October 22, 2015

    Thee are so many local musicians that play OUR music, why is thee always a lacking of local musicians? Anthony Gussie, I did not know he was from Wesley, what a great musician, also the radio stations, they know who they are, should play more of the local music. Go on the net and see how they are appreciated out of DA. We had a local artist reported died in a fire, how may times was her music played? look on the net, see how great she was. Go LOCAL.

  2. August 9, 2015

    Wadi Wat a u all guy doing that fete is creole
    No mid_night grovers think twice

    August 9, 2015

    :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: This is the poorest festival amongst all the festivals in the islands!Recycling after recycling!Very poor festival !I’m not a fan,has never been,cause i don’t worship the devils! :oops: :mrgreen: :?:

  4. Chacha
    August 9, 2015

    Can’t please all the people all the time….
    Line up is OK, missing sme reggae but overall not bad.
    Sunday for me,but popcaan and soca should be on Saturday night. How people want destra and she was here twice recently.. Come on ppl

  5. August 9, 2015

    Why they doe bring down another African artist like iyanya because they didn’t bring flavour

  6. August 8, 2015

    Cadence,zouk,compa and reggae are the building blocs of the wcmf.all others genre of music are extentions,so as to create more diversity.reading the article about the genre of music to be played at the wcmf,cadence is not mentioned as a genre of music to be played at this year wcmf.i dont want to be critical or make any harsh comment,cause i believe that the omition is a typografical error.giving the band selection committee,the opportunity to explain to the Dominican people,why cadence is not a genre of music to be presented at this year Wcmf.

  7. Tjebe fort
    August 8, 2015

    Just and idea. Maybe we could get a big artist to come and give them a free Dominican citizenship for their fee. That would not cost us anyhting. Mr. Skerrit wants to expand the passport program anyway he says. Imagine, famous artists walking around with a Dominican passport, free publicity again for us.

  8. not against
    August 7, 2015

    Nasio Fontaine please. OMG. Bring Nasio please.

  9. eyes opened
    August 7, 2015

    Hahhahaaah….Compare this to ANY other festival in the region and see how far we’ve fallen. We can write the post-event coverage right now: WCMF Organizers claim event was a loss…again!

  10. August 7, 2015

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well the line up is nice but just made sure Rental Vehicles will be available because we need to tour sweet Dominica. Also what’s the date for Creole in the Park.

  11. August 7, 2015

    The people of Dominica we must support the festival to the fullest,because it is our product,our thing is our thing.

  12. August 7, 2015

    The band selection committee it seems are only interested only in promoting bouyon and calypso at the wcmf,and that is because is the bands from Roseau who mostly play those two genre of music.99% of the Dominicans musicians who play cadence comes from rural Dominica and 95% of the musicians who play reggae comes from rural Dominica.it leaves one to ask the question,is that the reason why there is so little presence of those two genre of music at the Wcmf on a yearly basis.next year for the 20 eth anniversary hope we can see exile one ,ophelia,midnight groovers and black affairs.when the government is assisting the music industry, the organizers of festivals must show their support by making correct decisions.i will give the greatest praise to the organizers for their hard work but i must say it as i see.

  13. wht
    August 7, 2015

    no Nasio. ahahah we really hate to see our own make it. the wcmf organizers should be ashamed!!

  14. August 7, 2015

    There is only one authentic cadence lypso artist in the line up,with this i disagree.While they say this year festival is to honor Gordon Henderson. More cadence lypso artists must be included,on the line up or we might see the death of cadence as a genre of music.i support the festival and the hard work put in by the organizers.2016 would have been est to honor exile one contribution. The cadence artist is Ophelia.

  15. mine
    August 7, 2015

    Where is Midnight Groovers?

  16. Harry Mack
    August 7, 2015

    Which musical group can you recruit with three months notice? After 19 years of a festival the organizers still have not been able to come up with a proper line-up. Collin Piper appears to be very incompetent but because he is loved by certain sectors he escapes with mediocrity.
    It’s a shame to be discussing line-up of the festival in August, the promotional material of the festival should have been out seen January.
    Can I get vacation from my job and book an airline ticket now for October? No. In any case the line-up does not look impressive. Why would the son of Sweet Micky be on the line up with the atrocities of his father in Haiti, supporting the policies of Papa Doc and Baby Doc. Is there any political consciousness in the decision?

  17. Me
    August 7, 2015

    Would not be surprised if we see more VIP this time than paying customers/

  18. SMH
    August 7, 2015

    Could have at least gotten one international African artist like Serge Beynaud? I mean that’s a headline act and I bet it would be the best performance of the festival. SMH

  19. Brain D
    August 6, 2015

    Trust me the line up is not really a festival line up they could do better than that wi. Really not my vibes and the still not going lower the price of the tickets smh

  20. Tick Tock
    August 6, 2015

    Let’s be realistic PPL!!!! Everyone want so much for EC$350. You are getting 3 nights of live entertainment for a bargain and all you are doing is complaining. Yes, we all want more internationally acclaimed artists to perform at the festival but a logical person would understand that the price of the tickets would go up substantially. If you are all ok with that then good for you… I for one am pleased with the lineup considering the price of the ticket.

  21. Affa
    August 6, 2015

    I can’t help but notice….Cultural minister from Grandbay, over $1 million pledged, I know all-u doe like Nassio Fontaine the biggest Reggae star Dominica has produced; but at least bring in a major ‘Creole’ act for the locals and tourists ……Midnight Groovers!!

  22. Annon
    August 6, 2015

    Did they say De’de’ St Prix? I have to see that show. ooh Famous for having 2 bass players on stage at the same time, mucho tambou, and horn section…..I cyan miss dat.

  23. August 6, 2015

    Reserved the right to keep it Real on principal. No accountability? no post mortem? All that gamesman ship? I will not miss myself! Enough, is Enough, ” if we do not stand for something. ,We will fall for everything. Keeping it real! go to hell” . I still live my country, and will continue to promote, assist, invest in Dominica. Sound off! SMH!?????????? Good luck!

  24. Joe Thomas
    August 6, 2015

    Why not change the name to world music festival take Creole out of that comess

  25. terry sanderson
    August 6, 2015

    oooh my gosh, my favourite OBP. Smokey is the key man in customs and Wakas in forestry. Hope you guys paying those busy talented men as much as the soca artists, Popcaan and Chronixx. Sunday night me and my crew dere, CANNOT WAIT

  26. August 6, 2015

    Bring Kassav\’s lead singers but not the rest of the band, will be there for the zouk night. But the whole show is trash.

  27. From Fond St Jean
    August 6, 2015

    Where is Midnight Grovers and Nasio Fontaine

  28. sava
    August 6, 2015


  29. Jah Kal
    August 6, 2015

    Dominica what about Nasio Fontain ????????????????.

    • T Dot
      August 6, 2015

      Same thing I’m saying but those ppl never appreciate their own so

    • Bigboy
      August 6, 2015

      Nasio need to take care of his issues before coming back on stage. When was his last album or concert?

    • salop
      August 7, 2015

      He is more expensive than the foreign bands.
      You might never hear him again.

    • A. George
      August 7, 2015

      maybe he will be there for the 20th anniversary

  30. Line Up tho.....
    August 6, 2015

    The line up isn’t that bad but i do have some concerns with it first of all i don’t think the survey was taken into much consideration if it was who knew Dominicans fancied french music that much or maybe the survey only mattered to the french patrons but the long wait for that line up DFC, and DDA you guys could have done better and pumping $1 million into creole fest when you look at the cost of everything is not much money at all……more could be done disappointed with the Band Selection Committee

  31. faceup
    August 6, 2015

    Collin Piper needs to be fired..For this line up the association must be broke. Where is the money at?

  32. nigel
    August 6, 2015

    sounds boring to me. same old lineup. 19yrs and we can’t headline a serious artist thats at least internationally recognize.

  33. nonsense!
    August 6, 2015

    Put the soca on the friday instead and friday line up sunday..would make more sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stupesssssssssssssss

  34. Lang Mama
    August 6, 2015

    All you call father Thomas and Shsrplis to administer the ladt rights of passage cause Labor Chwais creole fest.

    Labar ka decalais.
    Fig mor, plantain mor,public works mor, creole fest jah mor tamadores mor,legumes mor ,fortnight mor

    All we have is PIG’s(Politicians In Government Stealing) that grabbing more more and much more

  35. hmm
    August 6, 2015

    PM should have contributed Rihanna or one of his other good friends he had on the campaign rally

    • salop
      August 7, 2015

      Rihanna coming for FLOW Creole in the Park.

  36. Dominican
    August 6, 2015


  37. JoJo
    August 6, 2015

    Who wants to go can go but not me and that is my choice, very democratic. To be fair anything more than boiled potatoes and two vegetables would be exciting to mr. Piper, so I can not make too much of his comment. I didn’t know that Nigeria is a creole country also,. well, I’m learning. Intriguing is the booking of T-Mickey, who is the son of the President of Haiti and I suspect they had to accommodate the P.M.’s wishes since he is supposed to be a good friend. I’m staying home with a cold Kubuli this time round. I will not be missed and not miss anything.

  38. Dominican
    August 6, 2015

    Ukip and countrygirl rihanna soon come,

  39. Dominican
    August 6, 2015

    The Line up is good, some of us complaning but we never went to DFC festival, so let those who normally partake / contribute to the festival comment……….DFC keep up the great work god knows the stress you guys go through to make everything happen…. one love

  40. Miss Pretty
    August 6, 2015

    OMG Timaya…YAyyyyyyyyyy
    UKWU :-D

    August 6, 2015

    WHERE WCK?????

  42. nonsense!
    August 6, 2015


  43. Bud & Lou
    August 6, 2015

    The Labour Party Election Campaign had a much better lineup of international artistes.

  44. sims
    August 6, 2015

    where all the local artiste like nasio,oriel and the revoluters who jus perform on the biggest reggae festival, oozy wck colton etc. isn,t our festival about exposing our local talents and musicians.pure disappointment i personally believe a bouyon bands should b on the line up

  45. Mamizoo
    August 6, 2015

    I will continue to stress the point that we are where we are because we have adopted the habit of pretending thst things are not broken and ib the face of obvious problems we would rather pretend the problems dont exist. Well while ee continue to pretend and pacify lies the creole music festival is now down in the dump.
    But whst intrigues me is the fact that 6 months ago friendly governments provided or government with so much money to bring artists that the creole festival cant afford to get on the line up. There was enough money to lieu Dominicans back to Dominica today there is no sign that a agressive effort is made to bring people on the island for the festival; similar to what was done early December.
    After 16 years the festival cannot attract artists that could keep the festival interesting maybe it is time to overhaul.

  46. August 6, 2015

    I wonder what has wck done to the organizers of this show

    • hashtag
      August 6, 2015

      GMAB with WCk. what is their latest release? ermmm sorry. they are dead. so ppl doh tired hear balance batty and 767 then…stuck in time….
      they need to record new music with a twist to the old boy on. they are STALE

    • No name
      August 6, 2015

      They are all bent on trying to destroy the band, but God is good. I guess the money that piper wanted to give working good for the so called pioneers. Don’t worry they will start doing duggy stuff behind each other again and go their own ways.

  47. wonderer
    August 6, 2015

    I wonder what Wck has really done to the organizers they refuse to place them in on a yearly basis

    • worried
      August 6, 2015

      ikr so tru,, they always find to put wck when one of dem artiste unable to make it,, its shameless

  48. Patriotic B
    August 6, 2015

    The line up is not bad, but different compared to the power houses we have had in the past years. I hope the prices of tickets would not go up

  49. AKB
    August 6, 2015

    DID they even pay attention to the survey results? I guess all of that was just a sham….with that said the line up is not horrible but nowhere as grand as the organizers led on….and knowing the trend the tickets are gonna go up in price.

  50. London da
    August 6, 2015

    Very very very poor line up me nah coming down to see rubbish

  51. Whistler
    August 6, 2015

    is this event a street side blocko seems so..one thing Dominicans always boring when it comes to getting good acts..take a look at the other islands their festivals have international appeal..but Dominicans are so backward in all their sectors they lack thinking..

    Dominica has agents selling passports all over the world u mean the regime in power couldn’t pump at least 3 million in the fest, can anyone tell me who accounts for the monies for passport sales..

    what a foolish caribbean island dominica is….

    • Exhale
      August 6, 2015

      You have so many negative things to say about Dominica, then stay away. I guess you was born elsewhere. Dominicans are so quick to decimate there own. “what a foolish caribbean island dominica is” ? then stay the HELL AWAY.

      • Me
        August 7, 2015

        We will and leave you to listen to Ophelia warble all on your own.

      • NRT
        August 7, 2015


  52. Hmmmmm
    August 6, 2015

    SUNDAY is the best !

  53. South Beach FL
    August 6, 2015

    same old dull line up…again it’s Dominica the are totally unable to raise the bar,

  54. Witi
    August 6, 2015

    Thought i heard Shaun Paul, Destra and Machel Montano

    • hashtag
      August 6, 2015

      apparantly they can only sum up persons who have collabo’d with them.
      Destra and Machel are everywhere headlining. WTH couldn’t they be here. ?
      majority of these acts are ONE HIT PLUNGERS.and that’s all we know.
      Benji is not a performer. remember how he flopped at CITP?
      There is no entertainment here.just regurgitated floppers

    • hmm
      August 6, 2015

      They said Timaya (who has had songs with Destra, Sean Paul and Machel Montano)

    • ME
      August 6, 2015

      If you could spell Sean Paul….

  55. Dominican
    August 6, 2015

    DA on FIRE MI SAY WOSHHHHHHHHHHH :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  56. watchdog
    August 6, 2015

    That’s the lineup?????? Huh??????? Think my money staying in my pocket this year wi….

  57. Sweet Cherry
    August 6, 2015

    what a slap on the face to person who patronize such activities. Fete Lapwent Lineup 2015 promises to be better than the garbage lineup just presented to you. I am assuming it will cost $10 to get in .

  58. Ami
    August 6, 2015

    is a vibes, I love the line up, but not enough reggggggaaaeeeee to cool down the pressure in the country.

    • Interested
      August 6, 2015

      This is not a reggae festival. already too much reggae in a creole festival

      • smh
        August 7, 2015

        I wonder if you UNDERSTAND the term CREOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DollFace
      August 6, 2015

      I know right?! NASIO FONTAINE MI SEH!!!

  59. August 6, 2015

    So looks like in their cost saving strategy they invited artists who belong to bands but has their own songs. Hmm interesting.

  60. grell
    August 6, 2015

    This Festival should cancell,very poor lineup with the exception of original wck.Too much politics in this,will surely not be attending.

    • Liv Pope
      August 6, 2015

      So stay where u are…. I wonder if you even have money to travel. Everything is politics. You can never please black people, damn if you do, damn if you don’t…. Dominica don’t need negative people like u grell so stay where u are in your misery

    • Original Mahaut Man
      August 7, 2015

      Will someone miss you ?Hell no. We don’t need ignorant people like you in Dominica.

  61. bigmack
    August 6, 2015

    Nasio could have easily filled the chronixx spot …just saying.

    • NRT
      August 7, 2015

      You see Nassio is a real artist/headliner, chronixx is more of a hot-plate singer good on CD, JA have a million of them. I hope they didn’t pay much.

  62. Looking On
    August 6, 2015

    Ok, hold up there… where is Gordon Henderson? What night does he perform? Unbelievable!

  63. hashtag
    August 6, 2015

    Where do I start….disappointed

  64. August 6, 2015

    That lineup is a disaster.

  65. Ukip
    August 6, 2015

    You think one year you all can bring down Rihanna? Just asking

    • countrygirl
      August 6, 2015

      Does the committee have Rihanna money? Just asking

      • Titiwi
        August 6, 2015

        This is supposed to be creole festival, not a Rihanna testimonial.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        August 6, 2015

        What happen to de passport money? :-P :-P

      • just saying G
        August 6, 2015

        does Rihanna have music dominicans can dance to? just asking

      • kisses
        August 6, 2015

        Is it a dancing festival? Just asking

      • A. George
        August 7, 2015

        so you never go fest and dance? just asking? :-P

    • hashtag
      August 6, 2015

      it’s entertainment.
      compare al the other festivals. none cater to a specific music. it’s variety.
      just the other day beyonce headlined Glastonbury. and it was a good move to mix it up.
      other artists perform at jazz festival. wireless. etc…
      they have to cater to all….
      Dominicans need to wake up. we are duped. labor campaign was really a better lineup. ASK WHY!!

    • Domnichen
      August 7, 2015

      Rihanna has no place in a World Creole Music Festival

      • Look it
        August 9, 2015

        For true? Check the meaning of Creole. Idiot!

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