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.