• Posted:Monday, August 24, 2009
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Party in Dominica at the World Creole Music Festival
Any lucky backpackers who happen to be in Dominica towards the end of October should head down to the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau for three days of musical mayhem. Headlining the event, which takes place from October 30th to November 1st, is British-born artist Maxi Priest, Morgan Heritage and Patrick St. Eloi among others. In its 13th year, the festival was originally set up to provide a platform for Creole music and culture and to promote local Dominican acts. These days, musicians and bands from around the world head to the West Indies to take part in the three-day musical maelstrom. Other people appearing on stage will be Swing Stars, DLUX, Sweet Mickey and local star Michele Henderson, there to show the world what Creole music is all about.

Over the years, the Dominican festivities have seen acts such as Tabou Combo, Ophelia and Franky Vincent wow the crowds, bringing genres like Cadence-lypso and Kompas to the greater musical conscience. In its first year, 10,000 people stopped by to check it out but spectators have been growing in numbers ever since, with over 25,000 attending in 1999.

The festival is taking place just before the Dominican celebrations of Independence Day on November 3rd so if you're still travelling in the area, it might be an idea to stick around to soak up a bit more culture. Some of the events include a heritage expose in Colihaut and National Day, both of which are designed to promote the many sides to the island's traditions and history.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19327080-ADNFCR
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