Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—
The World Creole Music Festival is an international showcase for the homegrown music genres of the Creole-speaking world, and one of the most unique music festivals in the Caribbean. The annual fest brings together zouk bands from Guadeloupe, compas singers from Haiti, and Dominica’s own kadans and bouyon stars, along with a handful of performers from the broader Caribbean, including, of course, Jamaica. Acts from French Africa and Louisiana’s Cajun country have also performed.
In our first photo feature from this year’s WCMF, we put the focus on Dominican music and culture. Now, we’re shining a light on the international acts who played the fest’s (remarkably well-lit) stage at the National Cricket Stadium in Roseau, including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (above). Scroll through for the highlights.