Windward Caribbean Kulture

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WCK (Windward Caribbean Kulture)
Origin Roseau, Dominica
Genres Bouyon
Soca
zouk
World music
Years active 1987 – Present

The WCK Band (Windward Caribbean Kulture) was formed in 1988 in Dominica.[1] The band played a blend of the local Cadence-lypso and traditional Jing ping, Chante mas and lapo kabwit rhythms, which would later be labelled bouyon, a genre which they are credited with creating in the late 1980s.[1][2]

History[edit]

WCK or Windward Caribbean Kulture, was formed in 1988 by a group of highly creative young Dominican musicians. This group came together to fill a void left by several of Dominica's most internationally recognized bands such as Exile One, Grammacks and the French Antilles Kassav'. The band heralded in a new and much needed resurgence of live music and created a new wave in Dominicas musical evolution. They began experimenting with a fusion of cadence-lypso and Jing ping. While the Cadence-Lypso sound is based on the creative use of acoustic drums, an aggressive up-tempo guitar beat and strong social commentary in the native Creole language, the new sound created by WCK, focused more on the use of technology with a strong emphasis on keyboard rhythmic patterns.

Wck made its debut in 1988 with an album titled "One More Sway" which coincided with the REUNION YEAR (10th anniversary) Independence celebrations. The next album 1990 titled "CULTURE SHOCK" was probably the defining moment for the band. The album included tracks such as "Culture Shock" and "Dance Floor".

The albums that followed showed the creative growth of the band throughout the years. In 1991, the "FOLLOW THE LEADER" album delivered signature tracks such as "Follow the Leader" and "Land Of Sunshine". In 1992, the release of "KANNIBAL" was another step towards the fine-tuning of this new sound. The 1993 release "FOREVER" produced one of the band's biggest hits, "Conch Shell/Vola Vole" or "The Fish Song" (as it was popularly called). In 1995, the band released its most successful album, "TOU CHO TOU FLAM", which generated 7 smash hits out of the 11-track album, one of which was the huge hit "Balance Batty" which is still being played throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the globe to this day. By the launch of the band’s 7th album, "ORIGINAL HOLD DEM", CK mania had taken over Dominica as well as the rest of the Caribbean. That album contained popular tracks like "Mete Veye", "Original Hold Dem", "Nomn La" and "Preg Dance See". The hits just kept on coming and CK music was in constant demand by partygoers and music lovers all over the globe.

To establish their musical strength, prowess and creativity, the band toured the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean from 1995 – 1998. They packed dance halls, concert halls, arenas and any open space they played. That set the stage for the next two albums, "TOO MANY COOKS" & "MARATHON", which propelled the band and it’s Bouyon Music into the international spotlight. The 1999 release "SET MY PEOPLE FREE" kept that momentum going and demonstrated again the band’s ability to position itself as true Caribbean cultural champions.

The Y2K release, "PRIDE AND JOY" featured tracks such as “The Buzz, Grand Finale and title track Pride & Joy. The follow-up, "CARIBBEAN HEARTBEAT" stated their position as true trendsetters in the music art form of the Caribbean. In 2002 the band then released "ON TOP". Hits “Emotions & Joy Ride” on this album featured T.C from Barbados. 2003 Album "MORE MUSIC" included hits such as "Send your body" and title track "More music". 2004 marked the band’s release of their most anticipated album to date titled www.wck.dm which feature the smash hit “rollin”. Follow up albums included “Calling and “One Boss” which were released in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Discography[edit]

  • 1988 One More Sway
  • 1990 Culture Shock
  • 1991 Follow The Leader
  • 1992 Kannibal
  • 1993 Forever
  • 1994 Traitors On Board
  • 1995 Tou Cho Tou Flam
  • 1996 Original Hold Dem
  • 1997 Too Many Cooks
  • 1998 Marathon
  • 1999 Set My People Free
  • 2000 Pride & Joy
  • 2001 Caribbean Heartbeat
  • 2002 Ontop
  • 2003 More Music
  • 2004 www.Wck.Dm
  • 2006 Calling
  • 2007 One Boss
  • 2010 Superband
  • 2011 Native Crew

Hit Singles[edit]

  • Culture Shock – 1990
  • Follow the Leader – 1991
  • Conch Shell/Vola – 1993
  • Modie Maco – 1994
  • Tou chou Tou flam – 1995
  • Balance Batty - 1995
  • Mete Veye’ - 1996
  • Drum song - 1996
  • Iron – 1997
  • Kulture nous – 1997
  • Pots & Pans – 1997
  • Marathon – 1998
  • Riddim like rain – 1998
  • Bouyon Connection - 1998
  • Set my people free – 1999
  • Mic Rah Phone – 1999
  • The buzz - 2000
  • Pride & joy – 2000
  • Grand Finale – 2000
  • Bouncing – 2001
  • Track after track - 2001
  • Emotions – 2002 (feat Terencia Coward-"TC")
  • Joy Ride – 2002 (feat Terencia Coward-"TC")
  • More Music – 2003
  • Send your body – 2003
  • Rolling – 2004
  • Best Wuk up – 2006
  • Hold Dem -2010
  • 767-2013

Former Band Members[edit]

  • Cornell "Fingaz" Phillips..........(Keyboards/Lead Vocals)
  • Martindale Olive...................(Lead Guitar/Lead Vocal)
  • Clint "Charm Daddy" Henderson.....(Lead Vocals/Keyboards)
  • Derick "Rah" Peters...............(Drums/Lead Vocals)
  • Wayne "Skinny Banton" Robinson....(Lead Vocals)
  • Pellam Jno Baptiste................(Drums)
  • Bert Castonguay....................(Keyboards/Lead Vocals)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Keith (2010) Caribbean Islands: The Land and The People, New Africa Press, ISBN 978-9987-16-018-1, p. 187
  2. ^ Sullivan, Lynne M. (2004) Adventure Guide to Dominica and St. Lucia, Hunter Publishing, ISBN 978-1-58843-393-0, p. 49

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