UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: NCCU crowns a cadence-lypso king

Webster Marie receives prize cheque from NCCU President, Dexter Ducreay

Webster Marie,the man who won the NCCU 2012 Cadence Lypso competition says when his name was called as the winner it did not come as a surprise.

Marie, known for his calypso exploits got the nod from the panel of judges as he thrilled the near capacity crowd at the Newtown Savannah with his rendition “Toutouni.”

“It was not a surprise to me when the results were announced because I know that I had a very good song in the competition. I knew that I had a surprise for them and after delivering my song I felt very confident because I also had a great presentation,” Marie told DNO.

He added that with his diction, clarity and composure he ‘just knew’ he was in the right direction. “I had good diction the song was well written, well composed and I had a story to tell…..so I was just waiting for the final results,” he stated.

Cadence Lypso he said is “alive” in Dominica and he intends very much to keep it that way.

Marie’s has earned EC$15,000.00 for his achievement and he says the money will be put to good use. “I also intend to use this money into music, recordings and life’s dreams. I now aim for bigger things and that is the calypso crown. With the help of people like Michele Henderson and Ophelia, I intend to keep the Cadence flag flying,” an excited Marie said.

“It’s all about a chance, take a chance and you never know where you will end up. More people need to do like (NCCU) National Co-operative Credit Union and let the spirit move on it’s our music and we need people to push it to higher heights,” he concluded.

The other winners were Carlyn Xavier with “C’est Pas Fault Moi” and Janet Azouz with “Mama Zafens.”

Below are photos of the event taken by Abigail Antoine.

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  1. mango temptation
    October 22, 2012

    out of the 15000. 50% to the song writer and 5% to the performing rights society. I understand that but what the performing rights society do with the money?

  2. DA Sister
    October 22, 2012

    Black Diamond representing again! I see a :lol: :lol: Bright future for u my boy! :lol: :-D

  3. DA Sister
    October 22, 2012

    Outfits galore and a strip show too! Cadence performers not easy papa! Looks like it was a good ole time.
    Congrats to the winner!

  4. Pondera
    October 22, 2012

    What a wonderful gesture by NCCU to Dominica’s music. This will certainly keep the culture alive. Visionary activities for positive outcomes. Other corporate citizens must come on board in significant ways like this. We are truely unique in our independence celebrations. I love my Dominican heritage!

  5. Audrey
    October 22, 2012

    Congrats Webb,just by looking at the pics I know that you represent big time…keep striving for the top…

  6. En Ba La
    October 22, 2012

    Yes I Janet big up to you my cousin

    I am still saying according to Janet Sa Cest LA Vie :)

  7. lynn
    October 22, 2012

    congrats webster! it was long overdue. great job

  8. Mike Fountain
    October 22, 2012

    Congrats to NCCU tor trying to recover the forgotten Dominican original music. There was this hype leading to the competition and for some reason it was not what many expected.

    First, the backup band was not the best for this event, Fanatic is more a Soca type band trying to play Zouk and Cadance . An all star band with Freddy as the musical director would have been better.

    Then there is the Sound & Light issue, probably it was the sound system or maybe the mix or a combination of both, but something was just lacking on Saturday night concerning the sound. The lighting was horrible,

    For a better show next year RCCU needs to address these issues, they all contribute to a great show experience.
    But Thanks NCCU for trying, I hope this will be a continued effort.

    • Fanatikan
      October 22, 2012

      Firstly, I would like to commend fanatiK band for a flawless job on Saturday. Not only did they play unbiased and fair for ALL the competitors considering that their two vocalists were part of the competition, they showed their true versatility and that they are able to play ANY genre of music.
      The “All Star” band wouldn’t have done anything different as the only difference between the all star band and the band which played on Saturday is the bass player and rhythm keyboardist.

      • Mike Fountain
        October 23, 2012

        Would Freddy support cowbell from a machine? I don’t think so…

    • Cornell Phillip
      October 25, 2012

      Hello Mike,

      I know Freddy would never support cowbell from a machine and I share the same sentiment. Every sound you heard during the competition was played live including the cowbell. No sequencer was used. I found the players of instruments went way above my expectation. Great work guys and we will do it again.

  9. Ifone and Androids
    October 22, 2012

    the show was so long and boring and u mean to tell me they never free up the gate until the last performance, mwas still charging 50 bucks and only 2 singers to go………GREEDY set of people…

    • d Man
      October 22, 2012

      no free lunch

  10. I'll give a villa
    October 21, 2012

    Congrats to the Webb. DNO did not state what the runners up got and the rest of the finalst.
    The winner should have been awared $25,000 instead of $15,000. QTS did much better for their winner and the contestants and even to the audience as well. And their show was only 30$ and the venue can only house a limited number as compared to the Newtown Savannah.

  11. T mama
    October 21, 2012

    congrats Web…and Janet too…

  12. Mango-Bab
    October 21, 2012

    DNO, I trust that DNO will post a more detailed article on the event, full of pics. Part of the show was like a Carnival Finals, with the usual acts. That’s probably what gave Web the edge. I am surprised that Labassiere did not make it. Some of the cadence numbers were much too up-tempo and so the diction was lost in the process. Sye took us down memory lane with the “blerk-heels”, the bells, the afro and groovy shades. And Lloydie dresed up like a bishop!! Was looking forward to hearing a few guitar solos in the music.

    Admin: DNO is diligently working towards publishing a more detailed story with lots of photos.

    • Mango-Bab
      October 21, 2012

      Thanks. Cadence pwon lanmen!!

      • Tiger
        October 22, 2012

        Admin, I know it required more work on your part, but would you be able to include the names of the various performer when you post their pictures?


  13. Realist
    October 21, 2012

    Congrats Mr. Marie!
    It would be nice to see, cadence be taken up by the energetic youth of the day. Sadly the NCCU started off on a wrong footing by directly competing with a youth talent search competition on the very night. Results was that this served to further hammer a wedge in the generation divide which identifies with the Cadence genre.

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2012

      Are you sure of your comment. Who advertised their show first?

  14. an observer
    October 21, 2012

    great show. web anna wanted to put u toutouni man. lol. i enjoy the show over the radio. i had one radio on dbs, n the other on q. thanks god for two ears. i enjoy both shows and both were great. hats of to both organizers

    • Marigot Passy
      October 22, 2012

      keep up the good work Janet you are the best!!!!!

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