Michele Henderson praised for new CARICOM song

Henderson receives plaque from CARICOM Sec Gen, Irwin LaRocque
Henderson receives plaque from CARICOM Sec Gen, Irwin LaRocque

The event was described as ‘historic.’

On July 1, at the opening ceremony of the Thirty-Fifth meeting of the Caribbean Community Conference of Heads of Government in Antigua, the new CARICOM song was launched amid high praises.

The song, Celebrating CARICOM, was written and produced by Dominica’s own, Michele Henderson, in collaboration with her husband Roland Delsol Jnr. as well as her band and other music colleagues on the island.

It was launched during a rousing performance by Henderson, supported by dancers from the National Dance Theatre of Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to CARICOM, Clarence Henry, expressed delight at the song saying, “the Caribbean Community finally has an anthem”. He said he was happy about the selection and wanted to get out of his seat to dance during Henderson’s performance.

Following the performance, which had everyone singing and dancing in their seats, Henderson was presented with a cash prize of US $10,000 and a plaque by Secretary General of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque.

The Dominican performer said she had always wanted to make a significant contribution to regional integration as well as to the history of the Community and this opportunity had given her the medium to do exactly that.

The song will be used at all ceremonial and CARICOM events.

It was selected after three rounds from 60 entries from across all CARICOM member states.

The Thirty-fifth meeting of the Caribbean Community Conference of Heads of Government will conclude on Friday July 4, 2014.

Listen to the song below.

 

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36 Comments

  1. Dan Tanner
    July 6, 2014

    Congratulations to a beautiful, talented and deserving lady!

  2. white oak
    July 4, 2014

    Sorry to say this but everyone is entitled to their opinion and here is mines………i am not impressed by the song.she has a lovely voice but all i could hear when it was being played was the lion king theme song.only thing i got my attention was the steel pan.the music was at the same level with her voice.im no musician but the background was over shadowing her voice.all in all it is a great compilation but no origanality…..pure LION KING

  3. Anonymous
    July 4, 2014

    Congratulations sweetie :wink:

  4. unbelievable
    July 4, 2014

    Congratulations

  5. pellam
    July 4, 2014

    Great composition and you take me back to MIZIK A NOU. congratulations MH I love this one and you continue to make every Dominican proud as you take on the challenges in the career that you have chosen. Love.

  6. Breadnut
    July 4, 2014

    Magnificently done.Wow . rhythm come farward .Nuff love and respect to you ,and your team,wishing all the very best.Nice one….

  7. Me
    July 3, 2014

    Wicked!!! I get goose bumps we. Love the patio and the drums, beautiful. Salute, congrats my dear.

  8. malkassay in london
    July 3, 2014

    proppppppeeeerrrrrr.

  9. De Observer
    July 3, 2014

    Tears…Proud of you…daughter of the soil…the sky’s the limit Michel!

  10. Sout Man
    July 3, 2014

    Thanks Michelle, for continuing to break down the barriers that have suppressed talents like that of Lambert Henderson, Boniface Xavier and many others from Sout’. In the true spirit of Tradibelle, Chubby and Impulse, we shall rise and conquer.

  11. July 3, 2014

    Congratulations.

  12. July 3, 2014

    You have made us proud as a Dominican. Keep pushing.

  13. Apple
    July 3, 2014

    Goose bumps lovely voice

  14. Dca Possie
    July 3, 2014

    Finally out! Great stuff, couldn’t wait to hear it.

  15. Not a herd follower
    July 3, 2014

    very good, Michele. Very good

  16. Judith Pestaina
    July 3, 2014

    Uplifting! Unifying! Something we all need in the Region – Well done Michele for making Dominica and the Region proud!

    • Michael Norris
      July 3, 2014

      I concur! Well done, Michele. I especially appreciate the different cultural aspects of the region you incorporated in the song and the transition that introduces them and the use of harmonious voices

  17. Doninican Uk
    July 3, 2014

    Go girl Go girl Go girl

  18. Maureen
    July 3, 2014

    EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENT!!! Totally deserved, couldn’t happen to a nicer humble person. You are an AMAZING talented, versatile artist. The world is your oyster. Love the song & the lyrics. I wish I was there to see history in the making…WELL DONE!!!

  19. Tri-State Beauty
    July 3, 2014

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Congrats Michele.. One Caribbean-One People

  20. DJ
    July 3, 2014

    Thats two Dominicans in the picture for those that dont know.

  21. SUPPORTER
    July 3, 2014

    Congrats Michelle on your achievements and making Dominicans proud. We will continue to support you well done.

  22. Pedro
    July 3, 2014

    Goosebumps just listening! So proud!

  23. 3xpression
    July 3, 2014

    Just what we expected and more!!! Great job and with gods blessings we know there is a lot more to come from you. Keep on expressing in song.

  24. deep in thought
    July 3, 2014

    Keep it steady, cause you are there!

  25. Sylvester Cadette
    July 3, 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS to you MICHELE HENDERSON !!!

    The lyrics, the melody, the harmonious voices, the captivating rhythm and instruments (Steelpan too) does capture the spirit of Caribbean integration that we strive to attain in its fullness.

    She also uses the moment to extol our culture through the National dress: WOB DWIYET.

    Bravo to you. FANTASTIC. I pray more success for you, your husband and family, your team and Dominica.

  26. Lougaoo Mem
    July 3, 2014

    And indeed she’s the best in the region. Congratulations for a superb composition for the occasion.

    Michele Henderson, time and time again, you have demonstrated that you stand above the rest. We know your dad Lambert Henderson smiles as he rest in peace. And we the people of Grand Bay and Dominica are proud of your achievements.

    Thank you for a job well done, may the Almighty father continues to bless guide and protect you.

  27. Princess
    July 3, 2014

    Well done Mrs. Delsol…I enjoyed your performance fully at the opening ceremony…you are a true STAR….CONGRATULATIONS!

  28. time will tell
    July 3, 2014

    congrats again lady

  29. Edgar Hunter
    July 3, 2014

    Michele, as your former Biology Lecturer, everyday you make me feel so proud. I always knew the sky was your limit but your achievements so far has gone beyond my wild imaginations. This Caricom takes the cake. Big things is going to happen for you as a result.
    Keep working hard and keep pushing for excellence and most of all keep that humility which defines you.

  30. HMMM!
    July 3, 2014

    The musical arrangement is dope!

    • grell
      July 3, 2014

      Who made you an expert,stop being so biased.

    • JayD
      July 3, 2014

      That’s our problem…….
      Unless we add negative vibes some of us do not feel good.
      This is one of the proudest moments for the singer, composer, musicians, Dominicans worldwide and Dominica on a whole.

      STOP THAT NEGATIVITY FOR DEVELOPMENT SAKE.

  31. Doc. love
    July 3, 2014

    I hope whenever the West Indies cricket team, in particular, is performing all over the world, this song will be played. There are no reasons to play the song composed and sang by the Trinidad calyponian.

    • budman
      July 3, 2014

      perhaps its because the Rudder tune is actually about cricket and its legends?? i am just taking a wild guess here.

  32. anonymous
    July 3, 2014

    I love to see that. From one Grandbay girl to another I salute u .I am proud. Accomplisments for self, for community, for country and for caricom as a unit.Dont ever stop!mwaaaaa

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