ROSEAU, Dominica -- Several well-known and highly successful female acts are expected to perform at the 16th Annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival, which runs from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October 2012. Included on the line-up of the 16th World Creole Music Festival are Dominica’s Lady of Song, Ophelia Marie, Cadence and Zouk songstress, Michelle Henderson and the explosive Zouk duo of Zouk Machine as well as veteran Zouk singer, Tanya St Val.
Dominica’s Lady of Song, Ophelia, along with Song Bird, Michelle, will light up the stage on Sunday night and are expected to deliver a dynamic set based on their popularity, vast experience, and hit songs.
Ophelia, a veteran of over 30 years, and considered Dominica’s First Lady of Creole Music, burst on the scene in 1979 with her hit single, “Aie Dominique’. She has produced a long list of hits, including “Emigration”, “Mwen ka Heley”, “Chanson d’Amour”, “Magnificat”, “Trahison”. In addition she has collaborated with many top musicians in Dominica and the French West Indies. Ophelia is well known for her charming personality, her rapport with fans and very engaging manners.
Michelle, who is best known for hits such as “Lese Mwen”, “Beat Goes On”, “Mwen Aime ou”, “Dominique Viva”, “Hose’y”, will take to the stage with her unique Creole and Dominican flavour, her wide vocal range, her smooth stage presence and her friendly disposition. She is expected to be particularly appealing to those patrons interested in discovering the new generation of Dominican musicians.
Guadeloupean duo, Zouk Machine is best known for their sassiness and their sexy stage presence. They are popular with fans for their sweet, sing along lyrics and their infectious rhythms. Their list of hits includes “Pisime Zouke”, “Sove Lanmou”, “Eskise Mwen”, and “An pe ke Sav”.
Tanya St Val, a Guadeloupe native with a reservoir of number one hits like “Chale”, “Lov magic”, “Zouk a gogo”, “Boogie Zouk” continues to be a potent musical force in Francophone music. Her unique vocal variations and stage antics has brought her huge success and will surely be a major hit with patrons of the 16 World Creole Music Festival. In a career spanning over 25 years, Tanya is truly one of the elite Creole music divas.
The 16th Annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival, which is part of the annual national independence celebrations, pays homage to the memory of the late Jeff Joseph, a cadence-lypso icon who passed away November 2011.
At sixteen, the festival is celebrating its coming of age and its immense popularity as one of the most indigenous music festivals in the Caribbean. The Festival will run from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October.
Friday night’s line-up includes Bouyon music pioneers, WCK; new Bouyon sensation, Asa Banton with his many hits including “I Know People that Know people”; Haitian Compas group, Kreyola; and an all-star cast of Zouk music artistes from the French West Indies.
Night Two, Saturday 27 October, is a celebration of the music of the dynamic and successful Barbadian Soca band, Krosfyah led by the indomitable Edwin Yearwood; Dominican popular band, Fanatik with a slew of veteran front-men including Derick ‘Rah’ Peters of WCK fame, Onyan of Burning Flames fame, Fredo of Seventeen Plus of the USVI, the electrifying and dazzling sound of Disip Gazzman of Haiti; Reggae royal-highness, Taurus Riley of “She’s So Royal” fame; with the pulsating sound of Bouyon heavyweight, Triple Kay Global.
Night Three, Sunday 28 October, is a journey to roots music, female superstars and a big tribute to Jeff Jo. This will feature headliners, Dominican music divas, Ophelia and Michelle; Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley; Rising Stars of Dominican music featuring BREVE; the debut performance on the WCMF stage by the Original Grammacks International, paying tribute to their late leader, Jeff Jo; Popular Compas band, T-Vice and kings of Cadence music, Chubby and the Midnight Groovers.