Monday, 29 October 2012 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua st. john's - The controversial Burning Flames song ‘Kick Een She Back Doh’ has not only won the band the 2012 road march competition in Antigua, but has also secured bookings for the band on every single weekend until February 2013.
This is according to Flames legend Onyan, as he addressed the media in Dominica on Saturday night following what was undoubtedly a stellar performance at the 16th Annual World Creole Music Festival.
Onyan said the song’s popularity and controversy could well be credited to his slate being secured at this year’s festivities.
He noted that it was indeed a sad state of affairs the manner in which the presentation was received in his home country, especially when considered against the backdrop of what stands elsewhere.
Dominica’s Fanatik Band backed up Onyan as he delivered on several legendary Burning Flames pieces to a highly appreciative Creole crowd in the Nature Isle.
He cited the hope of possibly returning to the WCMF stage with the original and complete Burning Flames family.
Other performances were received from Rah and Fredo, both of whom were backed up by the same band.
But what was indeed the performance of the evening was that of Reggae Prince Tarrus Riley, who delivered a one-off treat to what is being considered by the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) as a record attendance crowd.
Performing hit songs like ‘She’s Royal’, ‘Stay With You’ and more, Riley sought to instill a renewed sense of value and pride in Caribbean women along with a sense of protection in men.
The performer, known for keeping any crowd alive, left the stage at one point in order to deliver something of a more personal touch for the screaming ladies in front of the stage.
Addressing the media in a post performance gathering, Riley urged that younger artistes, two of whom he presented on the stage during his presentation, be indeed seen as what they are, the future of Caribbean music. And he encouraged that veterans, like himself, seek to mentor and mold these individuals into promoting positive music.
He admitted that it is indeed true that most performers of today sing and write about matters they can relate to personally, and with that comes the injection of violence and struggle that often lends to both the reach of the song as well as its influence.
Touching on his first ever performance at the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), Riley said he was indeed honored to have been invited and felt confident that a return was undoubtedly in the making.
Other performances of the night saw the return of the Haitian sensation Disip Gazzman, which performed for the second night in a row.
Barbados’ Krosfyah and Dominica’s Triple Kay wrapped up the evening with respectively.
The third and final night of the 2013 – Sweet 16 edition if the Dominica World Creole Music Festival comes with yet another all-star line up that includes the accomplished Damien Marley.
The entire lineup includes the BREVE Band, Colton – T, Asha Thomas, Shameka Soraindho, Chad Astaphan, DOMFESTA Henry Ettienne, Michele Henderson, Ophelia Marie, Damien Marley, Grammacks Originals, Midnight Groovers and T-VICE.