Golden Drum, Special Awardees named

 

Leroy "Wadix" Charles is among Golden Drum awardees
Leroy “Wadix” Charles is among Golden Drum awardees

The National Cultural Council and the Division of Culture have announced the recipients of the Golden Drum Award and Special Recognition Award respectively for year 2014.

The Golden Drum Awardees are:
– Henry Alexander for Preservation of Traditional Arts;
– Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles for the Promotion of Creole Music and Language;
– Noreen Joseph for Theatre and Preservation of Culture;
– Raymond Lawrence for Cultural Leadership and Development.

The Special Recognition Awardees are:
– Imelda Aaron for Cultural Leadership and Promotion of Steel Pan Music;
– Algernon ‘Ras Algi’ Adams for Performance and Visual Arts;
– Leslassa Armour – Shillingford for Excellence in Queen Pageantry;
– Peter Letang for Music;
– Petros Meaza for Promotion and Development of Art.

The Golden Drum Award is issued to individuals, groups or institutions that have made a great contribution to the art and culture spanning more than twenty years.

This award was instituted in 1982 and the first awardees were Rosemarie Cools-Lartigue, Phyllis Shand Allfrey and Vernice St.Luce.

The Special Recognition Award is issued to those who have made special contributions in culture over a ten year period and under and to those who have achieved notable successes in a particular field of arts and culture.

The 2014 Golden Drum Award Ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Arawak House of Culture on July 30 at 8.00 p.m. under the patronage of His Excellency President Charles Savarin.

The event also features performances by award winners and other local artistes including Sixth Form Sisserou Singers, Pan in Harmony and Michele Henderson.

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21 Comments

  1. HERB
    July 29, 2014

    ca kai malade wadix

  2. GRANDFOND
    July 29, 2014

    I remember the days of wadicolee in GF and jam used to stop daybreak . Wadix You, ole and pupa used to slam the hall till it was time for church next day. nuff soukose coupe cloue and zouk.
    wadix big up

  3. Esta
    July 29, 2014

    Bravo Wadix

  4. NOTTY
    July 29, 2014

    Prince wadix congratulations. You rock me every Friday night and Saturday afternoon with cadence and French music and I am so happy for you

  5. barbie
    July 29, 2014

    Well deserved WADIX

  6. CD
    July 29, 2014

    “The Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dennison ‘Dice’ Joseph for his outstanding achievement in calypso, Nadira Lando for her outstanding achievement in queen pageantry, Lennox Alexander for Development and promotion of Steelpan Music, Cedric Phillip for the development and promotion of choral music and Birdy Phillip for the preservation of traditional dance….” July 26, 2013. Get the facts before commenting. Congratulations to Leslassa and all the other awardees.

  7. La Sal Te Garcon
    July 29, 2014

    My Boy Wadix you deserve that and more…It should come with a cheque and if it does remeber your girl…LC
    Congrats to Ras Algie as well and Petros…..

  8. explanation needed
    July 29, 2014

    Where it says spanning more than twenty years, does it mean the art form around for more than twenty years, or the individual contributing to the art form for more than twenty years?

  9. gabe
    July 29, 2014

    Where is dice golden drum! Dice agian and again and again and again!!!

  10. Notjustthat
    July 29, 2014

    Leslassa Armour – Shillingford for Excellence in Queen Pageantry????? really Marcella Larocque deserves the Sisserou award then? I like Leslassa and all but so many other queens have won equal amounts and even more titles than her. This doesn’t sit well with me at all. Congrats to all the other awardees

  11. Ja Mix
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats to all of you. To my bro Prince Wadix a true example of dedication and hard work. He has been there through thick and thin. A real embasador for the music of Dominica for all Dominicans. He does his work with a passion. This is a legacy that we all can learn from. Keep it up bro. . I am really proud of you man. One love.

  12. deep in thought
    July 28, 2014

    Congratulations to Wadix. Well deserved!

  13. shermaine
    July 28, 2014

    well deserved ..cuz you’ve been doin alot for soo many years and now is the time to be recognized and achieve all what’s there for you MR. LEROY{WADIX}CHARLES.. Congrats and keep up the good work

  14. PRICE BALL
    July 28, 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS, WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST.

  15. Commentry
    July 28, 2014

    ok Leslassa Armour – Shillingford for Excellence in Queen Pageantry. Are you kidding me. Granted she was good but there were well represented former carnival queens who did great for Dominica, who have received in the margin of three titles why is that so they were never awarded the golden drum. Carmem i smell a big RAT

    • Patriotic B
      July 28, 2014

      Well I’m a strong supporter of Lesslassa however based on the criteria mentioned How is it that King Dice has yet to receive a Golden Drum or the special recognition award? He has definitely made a contribution and elevated the art over the 10 years.

      Congrats to all the awardees this year, well deserved.

      • explanation needed
        July 29, 2014

        Guessed you missed last year’s announcement….
        “The Special Recognition Awards will be presented to Dennison ‘Dice’ Joseph for his outstanding achievement in calypso, Nadira Lando for her outstanding achievement in queen pageantry, Lennox Alexander for Development and promotion of Steelpan Music, Cedric Phillip for the development and promotion of choral music and Birdy Phillip for the preservation of traditional dance….” July 26, 2013

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2014

      Nadira Lando was given a special recognition award last year, also for queen pageantry.

      • Commentry
        July 29, 2014

        What about Marica Baptist she won as many crowns as the other ladies even leandra

      • true
        July 29, 2014

        And Dice got for outstanding achievement in Calypso! Guess he should win every year!

  16. botowa
    July 28, 2014

    Well done Wadix

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