One of the creators of cadence-lypso music, Gordon Henderson, is recommending that more emphasis be put on sustaining creole music which he says is one of the original objectives of the World Creole Music Festival.
Henderson, a singer, songwriter and entertainer for more than 40 years, was the leader of Dominican band, Exile One, which created cadence-lypso music in Guadeloupe in the early seventies.
Henderson said in an interview with talk show host, Matt Peltier on Wednesday, that if there is any thing wrong with the World Creole Music Festival, it is stagnation.
“You know, it’s three nights of pulsating rhythms for 16 years whereas there are other things that we could include to this festival like making a world creole music market” he advised. He said there were numerous producers, distributors, promoters in the same market in the world creole industry.
“Let’s position Dominica as the place that they should come to trade so these agents can sell our artistes, we will buy some of theirs and we wouldn’t have this continuous every year..line up, what’s the line up and this one shouldn’t be there. Let it be done in an industrial way.”
Henderson, who lives in France, said organizers of the festival are too parochial in their approach and cited the need to consolidate the world creole music market which encompasses a wide area including the French Antilles and even France and parts of Africa with a population of millions.
“We need to have an executive headquarters here, and we have that opportunity. Cadence-lypso gave us that opportunity. Are we overlooking it? Are we ignoring it? Are we ignorant of the fact? I’m not very sure.” Henderson questioned.
He is also promoting the introduction of a world creole music awards which he says is “long overdue.”
Henderson was on Tuesday presented with the LIME Lifetime Achievement Award at Creole in the Park.
He is scheduled to perform at the event on Thursday afternoon from 3.00 o’clock.
The ‘father’ of cadence-lypso will not be staying for the World Creole Music Festival “for good reason” as he is scheduled to perform at a memorial concert for the late Jeff Jo in French Guyana and has to participate in a series of lectures and seminars leading up to that event.
Dominica’s lady of song Ophelia Marie is also carded to perform at the event in French Guyana.