The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) are promising an improved performance lineup for the 2018 World Creole Music Festival (WCMF). DDA Chief Executive Officer Colin Piper disclosed at a post Hurricane Maria tourism briefing organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization on Wednesday May 30, 2018, “We are continuing to try to improve on the line up of Artistes. Most of those from last year’s postponed Festival are willing to come back this year. We now have to determine which ones we are going to take up on that offer. However, we intend to improve on what was already a spectacular line up for last year’s planned event.”
The 2017 WCMF was cancelled following the devastation Dominica suffered during the passage of Hurricane Maria. Government had approved EC $1.7 million dollars to stage last year’s event. The line-up of artistes, bands and performers announced for the 2017 festival were;
Night 1: Breve, Klass, Movado, First Serenade Band, Yemi Alade, and Triple Kay International.
Night 2: Machel Montano, Etana, Romain Virgo, Asa Bantan, Zouk All Stars, Jean-Marc Ferdinand, Orlane/Franky Vincent, and Stephane Ravor
Night 3: Mizik A Nou All Stars, Kalash, Swinging Stars with Calypsonians, Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons, and Sweet Micky.
Meantime, Piper acknowledged the drastic reduction in hotel room stock on the Island, and said however, that the absence of Ross University School of Medicine has now made over 1500 apartments that were normally used by the students, available for accommodating visitors.
The World Creole Music Festival was inaugurated and staged in 1997, and usually showcased Creole Music genres including Cadence-lypso, Bouyon, Zouk, Kompa and Soukous. Earlier Festivals usually took place during the last weekend of October.
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