WCMF media launch postponed

Piper and Charles addressed the media on Friday
Piper and Charles addressed the media on Friday

The official media Launch of the 19th edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) carded for Friday was postponed.

Officials said this development will not affect the staging of the festival itself.

“This postponement in no way shape or form impacts the World Creole Music Festival, that is still scheduled for October 30th, 31st and November 1st,” Chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC), Colin Piper said to the media.

He said the Discover Dominica Authority has been working for the last three to four months to put together the line up for the event

“And while we have agreement, in principle, we felt it most prudent to make sure that all I’s are doted, all T’s were crossed so that when we announce we could announce the full and complete line-up,” he said. “We think that would be the best thing for the festival and the best thing for the nation in general.”

He noted that the DDA is working hard to present an exciting line up for the festival and the media and general public will be informed a new launch date soon.

Meantime Promoter of the WCMF Leroy “Wadix” Charles said several surveys during which patrons of the WCMF, far and wide, were asked to recommend who they would like to see at the WCMF this year and those recommendations were highly appreciated.

Charles noted that the majority of some of the artistes who were recommended by the surveys are on this year’s line up, “with the exception of a few that we can’t meet based on budgetary arrangements and unavailability of those artistes.”

He said a minimum of 10 Creole genres forms part of WCMF 2015.

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16 Comments

  1. Bod
    July 21, 2015

    Considering WCMF seems to be DDA’s main tourism marketing strategy (God only knows why, when we have an island crammed full of waterfalls, volcanoes, rivers and rainforest) this is a bit of a disaster isn’t it ?

  2. Zavamon
    July 20, 2015

    After reading the above article on the postponement of the media launch and then reading the comments that followed I am not so sure what most of you all read. Why are we so quick to cast judgment or show so much hate when we don’t like someone. Wadix is been attacked for what? Whilst majority of us Dominican knows the value and returns of his talents over the years not only on promoting the festival but in promoting creole music and Dominica has made tremendous strides and in spite of all the stocks he continues to do his best. Be critical but don’t hate for just hating. There is still going to be a festival all that was mentioned is a postponement of the launch to ensure all i’s were dotted and all ts were cross…Wadix don’t let those haters deter you…Jah has blessed you and that they can’t take from you!!

  3. Me
    July 20, 2015

    folks, I think the reason for the delay is that Mr. Piper has not secured yet the P.M.’s approval for the money he needs to secure the artiste’s contracts. It couldn’t really be anything else…or could it?

  4. Percy
    July 20, 2015

    WADIX Burning Flames has Reunited i am call for them to be part of this year line.

  5. grell
    July 20, 2015

    Wadix get away from Piper,this guy is one of Skerrit cronies,they want you out,and you said it before.

  6. Reader
    July 20, 2015

    Last year there was a consultant doing an analysis of the festival. In conclusion he stated that the committee is not and should do the following:
    1. Take more advantage of our unique French connection as this festival promotes creole music.
    2. Involve more local acts
    3. Create more hype around the event
    4. Diversify the sponsorship.
    5. Raise the standard of the show so that its excellence will encourage sponsorship and artists.
    6. Use the festival as a way to encourage art entrepreneurship as Trinidad dies with its Carnival.
    7. Have year round planning.

    And more. I see nothing has been done. Lof. There is not ONE Dominica/ WCMF Billboard in St.Lucia. All French promo they want to use Wadix and send him on the radio. Garçon get some beautiful intelligent women to promote the show. Get the artists to promote the show. Do a Proper film of the show. Advertise on large TV networks. Advertise throughout the Caribbean. Make your web stuff more interactive. WCMF die too. Lmao!

    • BEL
      July 20, 2015

      Reader for your information there is someone called Ezra Winston responsible for the French Antilles at DDA and has been from last year. So that nonsensical grudge you have against Wadix …Stop and get facts before you write this crap on DNO.
      If you knew the French Market you would know that you cant send any beautiful young woman who do not know A TO Z about the language, Culture and the festival to go and convince them.
      So while you may feel you know what you are trying to depict …..WADIX is not DFC nor DDA. Neither is he an employee of them ……So chill on the man and be thankful he is the only man in Dominica promoting creole music 365 days a year unlike the others

  7. Harry Mack
    July 19, 2015

    Hey, we having a small family party on November 4th and all my relatives buy their airline tickets already, we are in July and you all do not know who the line-up of the WCMF is?
    Garcon resign. Leave Justina and Ian festival for them instead of making a fool of yourselves and blatantly lying to the Dominican people.
    At this stage tickets should be on sale for November. Wadix get out of that nonsense and Collin you have much more talent than to be going through that stress. Get out and speak the truth. We are BROKE.

  8. JoJo
    July 19, 2015

    That man Wadix too full of himself. The festival more and more becoming just like another regional music festival and nothing special creole. I will wait till the full line up is known and confirmed to make up my mind whether it is worth buying a ticket and then wait till shortly before the date to get it at a discount as usual. With the Euro so low against the dollar I don’t expect so many visitors from the French islands as before.

    • BEL
      July 20, 2015

      JOJO I am a Wadixite , and stop hiding behind DNO to make your comments……..I have followed this man since Wadicole days in newtown ginger school. Who else knows the creole music like the man? Do you even listen to him and hear his class. Stop this hatred and embrace this man.
      I tired warn him to leave Dominica foolishness for them. Wadix Leave Piper and Skerrit nonsense Festival for them and stop taking pong for these guys. They are using you and when they are finish they will cast you aside.

  9. Wonderland
    July 18, 2015

    Wadix looks like he would rather be elsewhere. LOL

    • Tjebe fort
      July 19, 2015

      Eh ben, is not that. Every time he does not have the word he feels deprived.

  10. serena
    July 18, 2015

    Yawn. Y’all broke. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  11. July 18, 2015

    You can tell a man is lieing before he opens his mouth. Every thing is upside down, everthing is inside out, and if i did`nt Know better someone would tell me wait untill the passage of the Budget debate for some spin. Last year it was change to accomodate the french nationals. SmFh. its back to its orginal date this year. Is there a reason this time??? my reason is I`m not in that. Ray charles can see that BS. Sadly! we are loosing our W.C.M. F. i hope im wrong. mark my words my people we only have five more years, of our Beloved W. C. M. F. my humble suggestion.. Sell the rights of the W. C. M. F. to the highest bidder. I will donate my usual $10,000. 00. to the Grotto home for our beloved sons and daughters. Mr Irish, expect a call soon.

  12. Lang Mama
    July 18, 2015

    Wadic body language tells me that he would rather be somewhere else. The government of Dominica the main sponsor is flat broke. The festival committee in my opinion was being unrealitic wanting to spend limited response on trying to promote the festival on the ground. The resources that they wanted to dump into Carimi just to come do a siwo in Dominica just did not make sense to me.

    • world peace
      July 18, 2015

      I had the same sentiment when i saw wadix face

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