The discussion will feature Gordon Henderson, Ophelia, Michele Henderson, Gregory Rabess and Ian Jackson

The discussion will feature Gordon Henderson, Ophelia, Michele Henderson, Gregory Rabess and Ian Jackson

A panel discussion on the topic, ‘What Makes a Song Cadence?’ has been scheduled for today. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, as one of many activities leading up to the fifth annual Cadence Lypso Show.

The discussion is to be held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, from 7:00pm.

The panelists are: Michelle Henderson, Ophelia Olivacce-Marie, Gregory Rabess, Ian Jackson, and Leroy “Wadix” Charles. Cadence pioneer, Gordon Henderson, will weigh in on the discussion via Skype from his base in France. Tim Durand will be the moderator.

Assistant Coordinator of the Cadence Lypso Committee, Marcel Harrigan, explained that the forum will focus on the “genesis” of Cadence Lypso, in hopes of helping artistes develop further appreciation of the genre.

“We need to go back to the roots, to talk about the components of cadence first, before we really venture into taking it on, and trying to mold it into something different,” he told Dominica News Online. “So, the artists, people are involved in the music can get a better appreciation of what really constitutes a Cadence song.”

Harrigan said that the forum will evaluate the evolution of the genre, and will reveal its past, in order to facilitate the modification of Cadence Lypso for the international market.

“It’s good to know your past. If you don’t know your past, you can’t conquer the future. So, we’re going back to really try to understand the dynamics of the sound, so the new artists can use those same dynamics, and add some new flavor to the song, to make the music even more internationally acceptable than it was back then,” he elaborated.

He added that young people should attend the discussion, to “develop an appreciation for the music, understand how it has developed, and how they too can contribute to that music.”

Cadence Lypso lovers, musicians and the general public are invited to attend and participate in what is expected to be a dynamic discussion.

The Cadence Lypso Show, organized by the National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) Cadence Lypso Inc, will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the Pottersville Savannah.