Due to the inability of George Decimus and friends to perform at night one of the highly anticipated Cadence-Lypso Tribute Festival the dynamic Swinging Starz and the mesmerising Jean Marc Ferdinand will instead be among this evening’s main acts.
According to Leroy Wadix Charles, Founder of Creole Heartbeat and mastermind behind the Cadence tribute festival, Decimus’ absence is due to medical issues; nevertheless, the former bassist player of Kassav has assured fans that he and his group will be on island at a later date to make amends.
According to Charles, part of their repertoire included an homage to Jeff Joseph, which will now be performed by a group of local musicians. As a result, tonight’s -August 4- entire roster will read, Swinging Stars with Jerry Lloyd, Derose, Kalfa P, First Serenade Band, Cleutus Halibut Abraham, Calvin Senator Esprit, Extasy Band, Janet Azzouz, and Jean Marc Ferdinand.
On night two, Saturday, August 5, Cadence fans can expect an enticing show from Freddy and friends, Andrew Bellony Bird, Linford John, Cameron Pierre, Jerry Moulon, Cornel Phillip, Murphy Sye Jno Jules, Jerd Doesett, Chris B, Midnight Groovers, White Fayrie, Lobster, Derrick Rah Peters, and Inner Core Unit, and a double performance from Jean Marc Ferdinand.
The ladies of Cadence will pay tribute to the Grande Dame of Creole Music, Ophelia Marie, on night three, Sunday, August 6, for her outstanding contribution to the genre over the previous 50 years.
The night will feature the likes of Dominica’s princess of song Michele Henderson, Shaline, Abiyah Yisrael, Maxine Alleyne, Dhar Gelle, Marie Pascal, Tasha P, Natasha Ruffe, La Bande a Mano, and the Signal Band. According to Charles, there will be more outside entertainment acts throughout the weekend celebration, including Triple-A Jackson, General Natty, Mystrie, Sankofa dancers, and the Sakis lapo cabwit.
To mark the 50th anniversary, the team has also teamed with the Shadrach Burton Art School, which will have two students do a live painting at the festival each night. Another new feature of this year’s festival will be a conch shell-blowing competition, with a prize pool of $500 for the winner, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place.
This year’s Cadence-lypso golden Jubilee Celebration will include a gospel festival on Monday, August 7, which Charles believes will be a chance to thank the Father for enabling the genre to survive five decades. The event will feature over a hundred members of a gospel group- Total Praise Center- including 50 vocalists from Martinique, France, Guadeloupe, and Egypt, as well as local talents like DJ Alfy and Jerry Llyod.
While Monday’s gospel concert is free, Charles stated that they hope to generate funds for the St Mary’s Academy roof restoration and are encouraging patrons to donate as much as they can at the event.
A contribution box and a school crew will be present at the gate on all four nights to collect all donations.