PROFILE: Midnite Groovers

Dominica News Online - Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 4:56 PM
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midnight-groovers 2The Midnite Groovers will be honored at Dominica’s 18th World Creole Music Festival this evening for the group’s contribution to creole music and rightly so.

Midnite Groovers has been in existence for over 40 years and for more than 20 of those years, the band has been at the forefront of efforts to keep cadence-lypso music alive.

Groovers, led by brothers Phillip and Marcel Mark, aka Chubby and Coe, has its genesis in another band, the Deltones which existed in Grand Bay in the late 60’s and 70’s.

The band would go on to become one of the most prolific exponents of cadence-lypso music with its rythmically tight and lyrically conscious compositions.

For more on Midnite Groovers go to: http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/features/commentary/tribute-midnight-groovers/

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26 Comments

  1. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Rev. Donald Hill October 29, 2014

    I can tell by reading DNO that the Midnight Groovers have lifted the moral of your people and contributed significantly to the culture of the nation.

    Most singing groups do not last 40 years. Some are not that well spoken of. The Midnight Groovers have stood the time and are praised by several generations.

    Many people have yet to discover the potential of music and singing to motivate a nation. As a Bible teacher I am familiar with the role of music and singing in the life of ancient Israel. King David was not only a mighty warrior. He was a beloved musician and singer. He was the minister of culture for the nation.

    I hope the Midnight Groovers will be honored and well rewarded. Their work is the kind of stuff music history is made of. It reaches far beyond just being “entertainment”.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  2. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 Producer October 27, 2014

    The race is not for the swift, nor the battle for the strong; it belongs to the one who endures. Nuff respect to Midnight Groovers, well deserved, rightly so! Dominican Rasta contribution, achievement!

  3. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Anonymous October 27, 2014

    Congratulation to my cous well deserve. I thought they were waiting until the good Lord call you all home before handing this great achievement over.

  4. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 Kings Hill October 27, 2014

    Best performance on Saturday night.

  5. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 grell October 27, 2014

    CONGRATS CHUBBY YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY ICON,ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT MY BROTHER.

  6. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Ole Talk October 27, 2014

    Big up and ’nuff respect to “Goo”…. :wink: :-D :lol: :mrgreen:
    Hold tight Marcel… 8)

  7. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 zammy October 26, 2014

    How long the story has not been told. Midnight Grooves deserve all the honour and big up they can get right now… Chubby, the king of cadence, is the prophet in the wilderness…. He has been the most pure n spotless religious n conscious icon in the Caribbean. Chubby has used proverbs n good biblical sayings to promote moral n spiritual values.. Chubby is a good n humble man.. He deserves more from the state, the government should really give him a huge Financial gift, or a nice house of choice cause Chubby . His brother cho deserves a huge state honor as well. Why isn’t their pal rep pushing for house, land n money for the kings…..
    We all love CHUBBY N THE GROOVERS.. DOMINICA S should put their money where their mouth is n raise some money for the Groovers….
    The government can ensure that chubby n cho get some lovely treats from the state as they are no longer young…. Chubby n cho are aging so honour them while they are alive……
    Why haven’t the ministry of culture organise some cadence library corner or pay the guys to have their music on full display as some tourism or historic artifact…
    God bless the Groovers n other cadence n buoy on musicians……

    Ps. All those who have rubbed n crooked Chubby, Can’t keep a good man down ,,
    Where are the historians to document the music of groovers,,,,,,
    Don’t let them vanish away like jeffff…….

    • Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Rev. Donald Hill October 29, 2014

      The Bible tells us to give “…honor to whom honor is due—” (Romans 13:7) This is the Word of God.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  8. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 commando October 26, 2014

    yes,yes,yes finally i see you all doing something.it was about time that midnite groovers got their due recognition,hats off to the organisers for bringing this to a reality.one love.

  9. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Bonjour October 26, 2014

    Chubby & the Midnight Groovers has been the voice of the regular, hard working people for decades. This recognition is most fitting. They will go down in history as pioneers and heroes. Well done, brothers.

  10. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Affa October 26, 2014

    Yes I Few Sly and Marcel. Did they perform last night too, and how was the performance? I jus love me some Groovers Cadence.
    A doctor from Haiti asked me where I was from, when I said Grandbay he turned on his cell and played me ‘Africa’ by Groovers, he just can’t get enough of the band he said. Wow, congrats fellas.
    Someone also informed me that Brasil has been waiting for years, waiting for their live performance.

  11. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 River Street October 26, 2014

    Midnight Groovers for Iver. One love . Congratulations, you guys have held the fort. JAH bless.

  12. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Jaime Lewis October 26, 2014

    Congratulations! A well deserved award!

  13. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Wildwood October 26, 2014

    Thank you for all the positive vibes through music…

  14. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Anonymous October 26, 2014

    Congrats to Midnight Grovers well deserved shower them with their roses.

  15. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 van October 26, 2014

    Hats off. This recognition is way overdue, although followers have supported them throughout. This band has been in the forefront of keeping our culture ‘alive’ through music.

  16. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 mwe meme October 26, 2014

    Proud with tears……honored and well deserved Chubby and Coe

  17. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0 PoKeSa October 26, 2014

    Simply put… a man’s best friend isn’t only his PLUMBER, his CARPENTER or DOCTOR etc but his MIDNIGHT GROOVERS (courtesy of CO & CHUBBY).

    Distinguish myself globally in the field of “International Business Affairs – bilaterally and multilaterally”, advising G7 gov’ts and fostering trade and investment in emerging markets – beside my parents, the rock MY GRANDMOTHER (deceased at age 101 in 2000) and DOMINICA’S nurturing, I owe it all to the MIDNIGHT GROOVERS (primarily Chubby & Co) for moulding me into who I am today as a person. One highly sought after by international government’s to find solutions for their dwindling economies.

    It all started in D/ca for me, having been brought up there of D/can parentage. I use you MIDNIGHT GROOVERS (Chubby & Co) and DOMINICA as a ‘case study’ in my many examples to world leaders and governments.

    God bless you always DOMINICA

  18. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Mega October 26, 2014

    Legendary!!!. Congrats to these guys, Well deserved.

  19. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 Mahaut talk roro October 25, 2014

    It’s about time we give jack his jacket … He deserve it

  20. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0 Gwanbay October 25, 2014

    Congratulation to chubby and ko on their achievements over decades still pounding on the original cardance beat.

  21. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0 shaka zulu October 25, 2014

    Hope they put their music on sheet so it is part of formal music training for cadance genera. This will ensure the form endure the ages.

    • Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 Anonymous October 26, 2014

      Just toet you know the term is ‘Genre’

  22. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0 Anonymous October 25, 2014

    Well done dad

  23. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 merlanda mark adams October 25, 2014

    Well deserved daddy. U have kept cadance alive all these years. Am proud of you.

  24. Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0 DC October 25, 2014

    Awesome! Chubby is a musical genius. The Midnight Groovers has and is continuing to make a wonderful contribution to this world through music. We are very fortunate to have this group on our shores. They have given many messages through music, which is very much needed in this dangerous times. I say a special thank you to the members! Well deserved! I salute you all!

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