Fall Preview: 12 Reasons To Visit the Caribbean This Season

September 3, 2015

9. World Creole Music Festival
(Roseau, Dominica; Oct. 30-Nov. 1)
world-creole-music-festival-disip-gazmanPhoto: Martei Korley

Set against the Nature Islandโ€™s colorful festive season, which includes Creole Day and Independence celebrations, Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is unique in its scope, the only festival of its size in the Caribbean to focus primarily on the regionโ€™s homegrown music styles. The three-day October festival spans all variations of Creole music from konpa to zouk and Dominica’s own sounds, cadence and bouyon, along with the occasional outlier from New Orleans or Africa, as well as major reggae, dancehall and soca acts. At the moment, we have no reason to believe that this year’s event, which is scheduled to feature Chronixx, Popcaan, Lady Saw Timaya, Olatunji, Blaxx along with Dominican staples Triple Kay, Asa Bantan and Ophelia Marie, will not go on as planned. Ideally, the eventโ€”one of Dominica’s largest annual tourism drawsโ€”will serve as an opportunity to advance rebuilding efforts following the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika. Seeย here for details on this year’s concert, and watch our webisode on Dominica’s Creole culture here.