The 3rd edition of the National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) sponsored cadence-lypso competition is all set and ready to go after the event was launched on Tuesday evening.
The finals will take place on October 18th at the Windsor Park Stadium car park from 8.30 pm.
Fifteen finalists will take to the stage to compete for the grand prize of $15,000.
The finalists in singing order are as follows: Emmanuel Salamat, Ian Jackson, Ellis Serrant, Anton Joseph, Steve Williams, Algernon Ducreay, Shirley Charles, Webster Marie, John Mark, Ramadine Phillip, Miriam Gerwig, Raymond Vigilant, Cyrille Henderson, Cletus Abraham and Colette Ambo.
The finalists were selected from 31 entrants who took part in the elimination round, on Saturday, 30th August at the Harlem Plaza. Each performer sang two verses and two choruses and was judged on the lyrics and melody of their shortened compositions.
This year, organizers have added a new “band splash” feature where three bands, First Serenade, WCK and Xtasy will compete for a grand prize of $7,000.
The second place winner will get $5,000 and third place winner, $3,000.
Events Director, Dexter Durcreay said the bands will do “a compulsory test piece song ‘Pas Tchwe Mizik La’ by Liquid Ice.”
The other songs they are expected to perform are ‘Vey ou la’ and ‘Tchwe yo’ by Exile One, ‘Pou yon koko’ and ‘Milk and Honey’ by Midnight Groovers and ‘Mi Deba’ and ‘Ou Pa Bon’ by Grammacks.
The bands will each play for a maximum of 45 minutes and then they will be judged based on their performance.
Meanwhile tourism minister, Ian Douglas, hailed the efforts of NCCU and the various sponsors for preserving cadence and called for further “collaboration between every one to further develop the artform”.
He also called for documentation to be made of the various pioneers of cadence music.
Digicel is one of the sponsors of the event.
Last year, Cletus Abraham was the winner of the NCCU cadence-lypso competition.