ROSEAU, Dominica - IT was what the people of Dominica was waiting for, the return of the famous World Creole Music Festival, which did not disappoint from the first performer to the last.
The event, like many others from across the region, has been on a two-year hiatus due to the health and financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the Government in Roseau worked tirelessly to ensure that the tourism booster returned this year to much excitement and fanfare from the public at large.
The show started on time at 8:20 p.m. and Caryn XP set the tone for what was expected for the evening’s event.
The home-grown artiste performed her renditions, a mixture of Soca and Creole, to the hundreds who were early in attendance and grooving to her rhythmical tones.
After the show, Caryn XP told reporters that she felt excited to grace the stage where popular international acts including Sizzla and Kes the Band would be performing.
She highlighted that it is through such exposures and performances that build and open doors for young budding artiste like herself.
Her performance brought out the inner culture of both locals and visitors alike, highlighting the true culture of the people of Dominica.
But it was Kes the Band and Shenseea that brought the usual excitement for the thousands in attendance.
In his usual high energy performance, the Trinidian electrified the stadium with his ‘Wotless’ lyrics where he had the crowd jumping and proverbially eating from his palms. After which he belted out his popular songs from across his nearly two decades of performing.
In his hour-long performance, there were no complaints from the crowd, not even the sprinkles from above was able to dampen or stop him from hitting the mark.
It was reminiscent of the artiste performing at various events in the the region, including the St. Kitts Music Festival.
As if his performance could not get any better, it reached its peak with five minutes remaining and he chose to end it with the ever popular ‘Savannah Grass’.
That sent a different energy through the crowd where the patrons became vociferous and the earth shook as they jumped, danced, screamed and partied until daylight.
Jamaica Reggae Queen, Shenseea kicked off the morning session when she made her presence felt shortly after midnight, much to the delight of the ladies and dancehall fans.
Her interaction with the crowd showed why her lyrics and stage presence has made her a household name within the music industry across the globe.
The raunchy lyrics and the ‘vibe’ from her supporters saw several of them being invited to showcase their skills, to which they did not disappoint.
Many of those in attendance loved the first night of performances with Kes the Band being the standout.