‘Mizik A Nou’: Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival (Copyright ©2010)

Experience Dominica, November 2010

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If you enjoy world music, experiencing new cultures and feasting on delicious food, well the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica is the perfect experience for you!

The annual WCMF is certainly one of the most talked about events on the Caribbean circuit and one of the major cultural attractions of the Nature Island.

The world’s largest gathering of artistes performing an exotic blend of indigenous music uniting people from the Creole-speaking world was conceived thirteen years ago, out of the need to promote the regions’ vibrant Creole music and to showcase Dominica’s talented musicians to the rest of the world. It has since grown to be one of the region’s most prominent cultural gatherings serving a potpourri of Creole music at its best.

The annual festival underlines Dominica’s independence celebrations and is usually held on the last weekend in October. Dubbed ‘three nights of pulsating rhythms’ the WCMF is an absolute melting-pot of Zouk, Cadence, Kompa, Reggae and Bouyon music from all corners of the globe; so everyone is happy and kept on their toes from Friday night right through the wee hours of Monday morning.

While some may be skeptical about mixing other musical genres at a Creole Music event, festival organisers defend this criticism saying that the festival welcomes artistes from the Creole-speaking world as well as those of other genres with roots infused in the Creole language.

From conception, the WCMF has had an impressive line-up of artistes with diverse styles from Dominica to Haiti, New Orleans to Africa as well as the French Antilles, Jamaica and Trinidad. Fans of this Creole extravaganza have fond memories of live performances by Kassav, Wyclef Jean, Grammacks, Carimi, Franky Vincent, Sakis, Shaggy, Exile One, Tabou Combo and Machel Montano amongst others.

A bigger and better show is expected this year at the plush Windsor Park Sports Stadium, with Jamaica’s reggae icon Jah Cure kicking it up a notch along with a spectacular line-up of A-list performers.

So if you are wondering where you can put on your dancing shoes and jam to the best in Creole music under one roof, you should know that the Word Creole Music Festival in Dominica is the place to be!

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