An early shot of legendary Cadence group Midnight Groovers

Head of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Dominica, Felix Wilson, has suggested that a chronological recording be made of the events and circumstances that led to the evolution Cadence.

“Cadence, I think evolved, from a fusion of Calypso, Begin and Polka. Then off shoots like zouk and compa sustained existence. Dominica failed to maintain or establish the brand. For example reggae, whose roots is in rock-steady and ska, continues to evolve,” he said at a panel discussion under the topic “Cadence-Lypso music, yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

He is calling for “a cooperative and cohesive approach” for marketing and branding Cadence if it is to be called Dominica’s own indigenous form of music. “Few of you realize that soca was born in Dominica but it is much too late to state our claim. This is the second attempt to regain our heritage,” Wilson argued.

Another panelist Gordon Henderson, who is based in France, gave a presentation via Skype on the ‘evolution of Cadence,’ its birth, where it has been and its rhythm and lyrical content. He lamented the fact that while the art form has been in existence  for “a while” it continues to be one which needs to be further improved.

The panel discussion was held as a National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) sponsored Cadence Lypso show draws near. Wilson thanked the institution for its effort in preserving the artform. “UWI wishes to compliment the NCCU in its attempt to preserve cadence, however, we should also secure the brand and establish the rights to call it our own,” he remarked.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Alwin Bully and panelists included Gordon Henderson, Cornel Phillip, McCarthy Marie, Derrick Peters, Leroy Charles and Michele Henderson-Delsol.