creole-festival-2012Jah Cure, Elvis Crespo and Flavour Band are among the headliners for the 18th World Creole Music Festival, set for Oct. 24-26 in Roseau, Dominica's capital city.

The event will bring together musicians from Nigeria, West Africa, Jamaica, Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique, among other countries, festival organizers say.

Dominica will be represented by bands such as Midnight Groovers and Triple Kay International.

Midnight Groovers will receive the Creole Icon award this year in an event presented by the government of Dominica to promote the country's culture.

In 1973, Exile One popularized the Dominica-born musical genre known as "cadence-lypso," a mix of calypso and cadence rampas.

The island of Dominica is home to 72,000 people, including 2,000 Carib Indians who represent the Caribbean's only remaining pre-Columbian population.

Source: Repeating Islands