“De Healer” wins Nation Building song award

“De Healer” won from a shortlist of three calypsonians

Calypsonian Phael “De Healer” Lander has been adjudged winner of the 2017 Nation Building song award.

The De Healer’s rendition “I do believe” for the 2017 Calypso season was chosen from a shortlist of three calypsos.

The other calypsos which were shortlisted by the judges are “Dominica Love” by Stefan Subero and “Country before party” by Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang.

The judges who were all chosen from the public had high praise for the melody of Stefan and also felt that Daddy Chess was a strong contender; though limited on political focus.

However, it was felt that De Healer’s composition was not only strong on nation appeal but had greater depth than the others. De Healer made his appearance in the Dominica Calypso Association competition for the first time this year.

His composition was written by Nicole Laville.

The criteria for the competition are lyrics- 30 points, melody- 30 points, and nation building appeal- 40 points.

The Nation Building calypso award which is coordinated by Duncan Stowe, is also supported by a group of persons who reside outside of Dominica.

This year’s award comprises a trophy and US$2,500.

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  1. pinky
    April 27, 2017

    Congrats sweetie! Well deserved!

  2. mary mary
    April 26, 2017

    Justice!!! The world knows that you were cheated of the opportunity to compete in the calypso finals. Congrats Phael!!!

  3. Not a herd follower
    April 26, 2017

    Duncan is making the money, boy. He probably has a few millions in assets by now, thanks to the sale of our passports. It is regrettable that the wonders that the CBI is creating for some individuals are not happening for the country of Dominica.

  4. Oh Lawd
    April 26, 2017

    Congrats Phael! Continue striving!

  5. Pink passion
    April 25, 2017

    Why does every freakin thing has to be political???? Give the young man a god damned break! Congrats Phael.. keep being you. God bless you. Cudos!

  6. April 25, 2017

    Congratulations Phael and songwriter Nicole. Well deserved.

  7. Coolrainbow
    April 25, 2017

    Way to go Phael. So proud of you. Congrats. Keep singing

  8. Anna-Marie
    April 25, 2017

    Congratulations to Phael and Nicole. Congratulations also to those who were shortlisted.

  9. J.B.G
    April 25, 2017

    Congratulations young man. I admire you. Young and focused. Keep going the sky is the limit. Do not worry about those who want to distract or derail you. May be the calypso thing was a stepping stone. See it as a trial piece. That may not be your calling. Venture out my dear friend. Young but impactful. Remember God is in control of every detail of our lives. So get ready . The best is yet to come.

  10. Christine
    April 25, 2017

    If this is such a strong song, why then did he not even make it to the finals?

    • Non-Dotish Dominican
      April 25, 2017

      Another way to spend the CBI money he making to try and fool us into thinking he care

        April 25, 2017

        U TOO SIKO

    • Calypso Lover
      April 25, 2017

      It’s a string song when it comes to Nation building, bearing in mind that the criteria for this is different than what was used for the Calypso Finals.

    • Peace
      April 25, 2017

      Lots of other factors go into determining who makes it to the final. Being a first timer, it could be that his performance/stage presence was not the strongest. I am sure he will come better next year from just having had that experience.

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