Chairman of the Cadence Lypso Committee, Dexter Ducreay, has said the National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) has been able to successfully host the show since its inception in 2012 despite major challenges.
He said at the press launch of this year’s competition on Monday evening that the NCCU faces two major challenges in hosting the event: convincing sponsors to partner with the NCCU and ensuring that expenses are minimized.
“Irrespective of the two challenges, we’ve been able to successfully host the show to the satisfaction of our stakeholders,” he stated.
He said the press launch was a celebration of what started five years ago when the first show was staged.
“The celebration is two folds,” Ducreay said. “The first is that we celebrate our achievement and the second is that we celebrate the recognition that there are much more work to be accomplished.”
He noted that when the show was first organized, the aim was to produce three things.
“One, rejuvenate the Cadence Lypso artform; two, expose and cultivate Dominica’s talent and, three, create an extra product for Dominica,” he stated.
He said so far the NCCU has been successful since Cadence Lypso now forms part of the narrative for the Independence Season, new talents are coming to the fore and creating an extra product for Dominica is still a work in progress.
Ten finalists were selected from a field of over 35 contestants to challenge the winner from last year, Anton Joseph.
The contestants, including Joseph, will appear in the following order:
1. Dexter Peltier
2. Jude Delonie
3. Anton Joseph
4. Delma Daniel
5. Chris Sylvester
6. Val Cuffy
7. Charles Leatham
8. Jerd Dorsette
9. Kenny Williams
10. Murphy Jno Jules
11. John Mark
Bands competing in the show will appear in the following order:
2. Signal Band
3. Ti Orkest
4. Look Us Band
This year’s competition will be staged at the Pottersville Savanna on November 2.
Cadence legend, Gordon Henderson, is also set to perform at the event.