Burna Boy, the Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, will headline the 2022 edition of Dominica’s premier entertainment event, the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), from October 28-30 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) announced Wednesday, the African Giant, who has gained legions of fans around the world for his smooth tones and infectious beats, had been added to the lineup, originally unveiled last week.
The announcement thrilled local fans who had clamored for his inclusion on the return edition of the WCMF, last hosted in 2019.
Burna Boy (Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu) is a Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and record producer. Among his accolades, he won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album, Album of the Year for African Giant at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and African Artist of the Year at the 2020 VGMAs (Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.) In 2019 he won the Best International Act at the BET Awards.
Look for adoring fans to sing along to his more popular hits ‘Last Last,’ ‘Ye’ ‘On the Low’ ‘Bank on It’ and ‘For my Hand.’
The DFC also announced the lesser-known ‘Omah Lay’ would join Burna Boy on the festival stage with hits like ‘Understand’, ‘Attention’ and Forever (Remix). Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer who first gained attention for his self-produced single ‘Bad Influence.’
Last week, Dominica’s official fete and events organizer announced a lineup featuring top local acts including the Cadence and Bouyon ensembles Midnight Groovers, First Serenade Band, Original WCK, TK International, Signal Band and Extasy; Reggae-Dancehall sensation Colton T; and Bouyon dynamos Carlyn XP, Asa Banton and Reo.
Jocelyne Béroard, Chire Lakay, Enposib, Admiral T, Kadilac and Bedjine bring the Zouk and Compas flavour to the packed repertoire.
Dancehall superstars Shenseea and Dexta Daps will make their WCMF debut and Soca heavyweights Kes the Band and Patrice Roberts return to the familiar stage.
The widely-admired Jamaican Reggae star Sizzla and the Love-Reggae crooner Christopher Martin are also on the lineup.
The stage is now fully set for the return of the Caribbean’s hottest weekend festival. Are you ready for ‘Shayo?’