“WCK Band” has won the 2nd Annual “Battle of the Bands” competition which was held in French St Martin recently. Manager and bass guitarist Keith Goddard says the WCK band defeated four other regional bands at the competition at the Paradise Village in Marigot, St Martin. The show was organized by Sound Masters Entertainment in St. Martin.
“We felt great emerging winner,” Goddard said. “Basically, the band entered in that contest and we just did what we had to do, put a good repertoire together that the people can enjoy and the songs that they were familiar with. Overall the band was very energetic and the crowd was very responsive to the band, so I think that gave us the edge over everybody else.” The band performed for 1 hour and 15 minutes, entertaining a large audience with some of its hit songs including, “Balance Batty”, “767”, “Just do” performed by Delly, and “Bouyon to the World” by Clint Henderson, and more. A Decibel (DB) Meter, was used for judging, says Goddard.
In addition to the title, the band received US$2,500 cash and an opportunity to perform on the streets of St Martin for J’ouvert. “We did seven hours of J’ouvert, and from there we went back to the Hotel and then to the Airport, to return to Dominica to perform on the streets for J’ouvert,” Goddard explained. The other participating bands were Exodus Band HD from Anguilla, Kylo and Stylee Band from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Respeck Band from St Martin and last year’s champions, the Small Axe Band from St Kitts & Nevis.
Goddard would like Bouyon music be considered at the Grammy’s. He said in the 90’s, WCK and Burning Flames made it to the Bill Board list, and hopes that in the near future, we can see something like that again, because Bouyon definitely needs more recognition. “It is being recognized, but I don’t think people really attach the name Bouyon to what they hear. They just know it’s a nice beat coming from the Caribbean and it sounds very attractive, so they kind of get influenced by it”.
“Bouyon music has potential, and I think what we need to do as Dominicans is to embrace it.” He said the band has received a request to perform at Dubai Festival in June, and is set to perform at London Carnival in August. The band is also expected to perform at a show in Paris, and another in Manchester in August.
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